programming languages

Rank

Matlab vs Python

  1. This language has a niche outside of which I would not use it

    90% 10%
    Matlab 78 out of 86 picked Matlab over Python Python
  2. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    84% 16%
    Matlab 58 out of 69 picked Matlab over Python Python
  3. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    83% 17%
    Matlab 62 out of 74 picked Matlab over Python Python
  4. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    82% 18%
    Matlab 65 out of 79 picked Matlab over Python Python
  5. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    81% 19%
    Matlab 43 out of 53 picked Matlab over Python Python
  6. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    78% 22%
    Matlab 54 out of 69 picked Matlab over Python Python
  7. This language has an annoying syntax

    76% 24%
    Matlab 93 out of 121 picked Matlab over Python Python
  8. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    76% 24%
    Matlab 92 out of 120 picked Matlab over Python Python
  9. This language is good for numeric computing

    75% 25%
    Matlab 77 out of 102 picked Matlab over Python Python
  10. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    74% 26%
    Matlab 76 out of 102 picked Matlab over Python Python
  11. This language has a niche in which it is great

    73% 27%
    Matlab 50 out of 68 picked Matlab over Python Python
  12. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    73% 27%
    Matlab 68 out of 93 picked Matlab over Python Python
  13. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    71% 29%
    Matlab 69 out of 96 picked Matlab over Python Python
  14. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    69% 31%
    Matlab 50 out of 72 picked Matlab over Python Python
  15. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    69% 31%
    Matlab 50 out of 72 picked Matlab over Python Python
  16. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    69% 31%
    Matlab 50 out of 72 picked Matlab over Python Python
  17. This language is easier to use for it's problem domain by removing unneeded expressiveness (such as not being Turing complete).

    68% 32%
    Matlab 37 out of 54 picked Matlab over Python Python
  18. This language is good for scientific computing

    66% 34%
    Matlab 62 out of 93 picked Matlab over Python Python
  19. It is too easy to write code in this language that looks like it does one thing but actually does something else

    63% 37%
    Matlab 49 out of 77 picked Matlab over Python Python
  20. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    63% 37%
    Matlab 45 out of 71 picked Matlab over Python Python
  21. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    60% 40%
    Matlab 64 out of 106 picked Matlab over Python Python
  22. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    59% 41%
    Matlab 50 out of 84 picked Matlab over Python Python
  23. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    58% 42%
    Matlab 43 out of 73 picked Matlab over Python Python
  24. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    57% 43%
    Matlab 50 out of 87 picked Matlab over Python Python
  25. This language has a strong static type system

    56% 44%
    Matlab 44 out of 78 picked Matlab over Python Python
  26. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    54% 46%
    Matlab 49 out of 90 picked Matlab over Python Python
  27. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    53% 47%
    Matlab 41 out of 76 picked Matlab over Python Python
  28. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    52% 48%
    Matlab 41 out of 78 picked Matlab over Python Python
  29. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    47% 53%
    Matlab 33 out of 63 picked Python over Matlab Python
  30. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    46% 54%
    Matlab 35 out of 66 picked Python over Matlab Python
  31. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    46% 54%
    Matlab 28 out of 52 picked Python over Matlab Python
  32. This is a low level language

    45% 55%
    Matlab 43 out of 79 picked Python over Matlab Python
  33. This is a high level language

    44% 56%
    Matlab 48 out of 86 picked Python over Matlab Python
  34. This language is best for very small projects

    41% 59%
    Matlab 46 out of 79 picked Python over Matlab Python
  35. This language excels at concurrency

    41% 59%
    Matlab 38 out of 65 picked Python over Matlab Python
  36. This language is large

    40% 60%
    Matlab 49 out of 83 picked Python over Matlab Python
  37. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    40% 60%
    Matlab 56 out of 94 picked Python over Matlab Python
  38. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    39% 61%
    Matlab 41 out of 68 picked Python over Matlab Python
  39. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    39% 61%
    Matlab 35 out of 58 picked Python over Matlab Python
  40. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    39% 61%
    Matlab 52 out of 86 picked Python over Matlab Python
  41. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    39% 61%
    Matlab 34 out of 56 picked Python over Matlab Python
  42. This language is minimal

    39% 61%
    Matlab 48 out of 79 picked Python over Matlab Python
  43. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    38% 62%
    Matlab 44 out of 71 picked Python over Matlab Python
  44. This language is well documented

    37% 63%
    Matlab 54 out of 87 picked Python over Matlab Python
  45. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    36% 64%
    Matlab 46 out of 73 picked Python over Matlab Python
  46. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    36% 64%
    Matlab 58 out of 92 picked Python over Matlab Python
  47. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    36% 64%
    Matlab 50 out of 79 picked Python over Matlab Python
  48. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    36% 64%
    Matlab 66 out of 104 picked Python over Matlab Python
  49. This language is good for distributed computing

    34% 66%
    Matlab 43 out of 66 picked Python over Matlab Python
  50. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    34% 66%
    Matlab 49 out of 75 picked Python over Matlab Python
  51. I find this language easy to prototype in

    33% 67%
    Matlab 51 out of 77 picked Python over Matlab Python
  52. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    33% 67%
    Matlab 57 out of 86 picked Python over Matlab Python
  53. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    33% 67%
    Matlab 64 out of 96 picked Python over Matlab Python
  54. I know many other people who use this language

    32% 68%
    Matlab 58 out of 86 picked Python over Matlab Python
  55. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    31% 69%
    Matlab 51 out of 75 picked Python over Matlab Python
  56. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    31% 69%
    Matlab 58 out of 85 picked Python over Matlab Python
  57. I would list this language on my resume

    31% 69%
    Matlab 56 out of 82 picked Python over Matlab Python
  58. This language has a very dogmatic community

    30% 70%
    Matlab 49 out of 71 picked Python over Matlab Python
  59. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    30% 70%
    Matlab 56 out of 81 picked Python over Matlab Python
  60. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    30% 70%
    Matlab 69 out of 99 picked Python over Matlab Python
  61. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    29% 71%
    Matlab 54 out of 77 picked Python over Matlab Python
  62. I know this language well

    29% 71%
    Matlab 792 out of 1122 picked Python over Matlab Python
  63. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    27% 73%
    Matlab 52 out of 72 picked Python over Matlab Python
  64. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    27% 73%
    Matlab 55 out of 76 picked Python over Matlab Python
  65. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    27% 73%
    Matlab 89 out of 122 picked Python over Matlab Python
  66. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    24% 76%
    Matlab 49 out of 65 picked Python over Matlab Python
  67. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    24% 76%
    Matlab 65 out of 86 picked Python over Matlab Python
  68. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    22% 78%
    Matlab 64 out of 83 picked Python over Matlab Python
  69. There are many good tools for this language

    22% 78%
    Matlab 58 out of 75 picked Python over Matlab Python
  70. I regularly use this language

    22% 78%
    Matlab 69 out of 89 picked Python over Matlab Python
  71. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    22% 78%
    Matlab 56 out of 72 picked Python over Matlab Python
  72. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    22% 78%
    Matlab 70 out of 90 picked Python over Matlab Python
  73. This language has a high quality implementation

    21% 79%
    Matlab 71 out of 91 picked Python over Matlab Python
  74. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    20% 80%
    Matlab 57 out of 72 picked Python over Matlab Python
  75. This language is good for beginners

    19% 81%
    Matlab 77 out of 96 picked Python over Matlab Python
  76. I usually use this language on solo projects

    19% 81%
    Matlab 61 out of 76 picked Python over Matlab Python
  77. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    19% 81%
    Matlab 79 out of 98 picked Python over Matlab Python
  78. I use many applications written in this language

    19% 81%
    Matlab 71 out of 88 picked Python over Matlab Python
  79. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    19% 81%
    Matlab 76 out of 94 picked Python over Matlab Python
  80. I use this language out of choice

    19% 81%
    Matlab 72 out of 89 picked Python over Matlab Python
  81. This language has a very coherent design

    17% 83%
    Matlab 61 out of 74 picked Python over Matlab Python
  82. This language has a good community

    17% 83%
    Matlab 66 out of 80 picked Python over Matlab Python
  83. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    17% 83%
    Matlab 63 out of 76 picked Python over Matlab Python
  84. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    16% 84%
    Matlab 64 out of 77 picked Python over Matlab Python
  85. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    16% 84%
    Matlab 72 out of 86 picked Python over Matlab Python
  86. I would use this language for casual scripting

    16% 84%
    Matlab 72 out of 86 picked Python over Matlab Python
  87. I enjoy using this language

    16% 84%
    Matlab 78 out of 93 picked Python over Matlab Python
  88. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    16% 84%
    Matlab 84 out of 100 picked Python over Matlab Python
  89. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    15% 85%
    Matlab 56 out of 66 picked Python over Matlab Python
  90. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    15% 85%
    Matlab 101 out of 119 picked Python over Matlab Python
  91. Code written in this language is very readable

    15% 85%
    Matlab 79 out of 93 picked Python over Matlab Python
  92. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    14% 86%
    Matlab 74 out of 87 picked Python over Matlab Python
  93. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    14% 86%
    Matlab 97 out of 114 picked Python over Matlab Python
  94. I find code written in this language very elegant

    14% 86%
    Matlab 70 out of 82 picked Python over Matlab Python
  95. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    14% 86%
    Matlab 65 out of 76 picked Python over Matlab Python
  96. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    14% 86%
    Matlab 73 out of 85 picked Python over Matlab Python
  97. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    13% 87%
    Matlab 68 out of 79 picked Python over Matlab Python
  98. This language is expressive

    13% 87%
    Matlab 63 out of 73 picked Python over Matlab Python
  99. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    13% 87%
    Matlab 66 out of 76 picked Python over Matlab Python
  100. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    12% 88%
    Matlab 90 out of 103 picked Python over Matlab Python
  101. This is a mainstream language

    11% 89%
    Matlab 105 out of 119 picked Python over Matlab Python
  102. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    11% 89%
    Matlab 77 out of 87 picked Python over Matlab Python
  103. This language is best for very large projects

    11% 89%
    Matlab 62 out of 70 picked Python over Matlab Python
  104. This language is very flexible

    10% 90%
    Matlab 70 out of 78 picked Python over Matlab Python
  105. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    9% 91%
    Matlab 73 out of 81 picked Python over Matlab Python
  106. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    8% 92%
    Matlab 77 out of 84 picked Python over Matlab Python
  107. I would use this language for mobile applications

    7% 93%
    Matlab 65 out of 70 picked Python over Matlab Python
  108. I would use this language for writing server programs

    6% 94%
    Matlab 68 out of 73 picked Python over Matlab Python
  109. This language excels at text processing

    6% 94%
    Matlab 71 out of 76 picked Python over Matlab Python
  110. I would use this language for a web project

    4% 96%
    Matlab 71 out of 74 picked Python over Matlab Python

What's going on here?

The absolute rankings are interesting for large scale comparisons but when you want to know about two specific languages it's much more informative to look at how the two fare when they go directly head to head.

Here are all the statements which we've got enough comparisons between Matlab and Python to be meaningful and which of the two our users picked.

The order in which we're presenting them is a little arbitrary (sorry), but we've tried to put the things which they're both good at first so as to give you the most interesting picture of it.