[R] R vs Python performance-wise

Jose Quesada quesada at gmail.com
Sat Dec 6 12:28:34 CET 2008


Has anyone run any R vs Python (numpy) tests?
I'd love to see what the differences performance-wise are, specially  
handling large sparse matrices.
Since both rely on external C code, there might not be much of a  

If you know and use both languages, what are the main differences and what  
made you stick to one over another?

I also noticed that there are strong libraries for social networks on both.

networkX: https://networkx.lanl.gov/wiki
pySNA: http://www.menslibera.com.tr/pysna/

sna, network etc. see:

Has anyone run a bechmark of the two systems doing the same operation?

Which is the right environment for large social networks? Some packages  
have bindings for both languages, and of course, there's  a reliable way  
to bind the two languages together, Rpy:

So this may not be a big deal which one to pick.


Jose Quesada, PhD.
Max Planck Institute, Human Development, Berlin

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