Re: [R] OT: any recommendation for scripting language

From: Doran, Harold <>
Date: Sun 31 Dec 2006 - 16:19:34 GMT

I'm a bit new with python, but have found it extremely easy to learn and use. I have been using it to pre-process some text files that we often deal with and need to be formatted in a certain way before they can be used for statistical analysis in another software program.

I suppose there is one thing I've learned that can make python a bit more useful than R. It is possible to use Freeze to make your python programs stand alone executables. So, if you have any need to have a non-programmer replicate something easily, you can write a python program and even make a GUI with Tkinter that will work on any platform (as I understand it).

Just the other day, a colleague and I wrote programs to process a text file. His was SAS and mine was python and both gave the same end result. My python code was about 4 lines long whereas his SAS code was ridiculously long and hard to understand. We settled a bet than python is better for this kind of stuff.

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of Wensui Liu
> Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2006 6:28 PM
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> Subject: Re: [R] OT: any recommendation for scripting language
> Dear Experts,
> Thank you so much for your opinions. I probably will go with python.
> Following your suggestion, I started reading some tutorials
> but have a quick question. In the sense of statistical
> computing, is there anything that can be easily done with
> python but not with SAS/R? Could you please give such an example?
> Wish you all have a happy new year!
> wensui
> On 12/23/06, Wensui Liu <> wrote:
> > Right now, I am using SAS and S+/R. As a new year resolution, I am
> > planning to learn a scripting language.
> >
> > from statisticians' point of view, which scripting language
> is worth
> > to learn, perl, python, or any other recommendation? (Most
> likely, I
> > will be learning it in windows.) Since I am not in research, I will
> > prefer one widely used in industry and related to statistical work.
> >
> > if you recommend one, I will really appreciate it if you
> could point
> > out a good source for learning as well.
> >
> > thank you so much!
> >
> > Have a happy holiday.
> >
> > wensui
> >
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> WenSui Liu
> A lousy statistician who happens to know a little programming
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