programming languages

Rank

Matlab vs Python

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

    90% 10%
    Matlab 82 out of 91 picked Matlab over Python Python
  2. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    85% 15%
    Matlab 63 out of 74 picked Matlab over Python Python
  3. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    83% 17%
    Matlab 71 out of 85 picked Matlab over Python Python
  4. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    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

    80% 20%
    Matlab 45 out of 56 picked Matlab over Python Python
  6. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    79% 21%
    Matlab 57 out of 72 picked Matlab over Python Python
  7. This language has an annoying syntax

    77% 23%
    Matlab 98 out of 127 picked Matlab over Python Python
  8. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    76% 24%
    Matlab 96 out of 125 picked Matlab over Python Python
  9. This language is good for numeric computing

    75% 25%
    Matlab 81 out of 107 picked Matlab over Python Python
  10. This language has a niche in which it is great

    73% 27%
    Matlab 53 out of 72 picked Matlab over Python Python
  11. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    73% 27%
    Matlab 72 out of 98 picked Matlab over Python Python
  12. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    73% 27%
    Matlab 79 out of 108 picked Matlab over Python Python
  13. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    72% 28%
    Matlab 72 out of 100 picked Matlab over Python Python
  14. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    69% 31%
    Matlab 53 out of 76 picked Matlab over Python Python
  15. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    69% 31%
    Matlab 54 out of 78 picked Matlab over Python Python
  16. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    68% 32%
    Matlab 51 out of 75 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).

    67% 33%
    Matlab 38 out of 56 picked Matlab over Python Python
  18. This language is good for scientific computing

    64% 36%
    Matlab 63 out of 97 picked Matlab over Python Python
  19. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    64% 36%
    Matlab 48 out of 74 picked Matlab over Python Python
  20. 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 51 out of 80 picked Matlab over Python Python
  21. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    60% 40%
    Matlab 67 out of 111 picked Matlab over Python Python
  22. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    59% 41%
    Matlab 55 out of 93 picked Matlab over Python Python
  23. 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 52 out of 88 picked Matlab over Python Python
  24. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    58% 42%
    Matlab 46 out of 78 picked Matlab over Python Python
  25. This language has a strong static type system

    56% 44%
    Matlab 46 out of 82 picked Matlab over Python Python
  26. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    55% 45%
    Matlab 53 out of 96 picked Matlab over Python Python
  27. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    53% 47%
    Matlab 42 out of 78 picked Matlab over Python Python
  28. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    51% 49%
    Matlab 42 out of 81 picked Matlab over Python Python
  29. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    48% 52%
    Matlab 37 out of 72 picked Python over Matlab Python
  30. This is a low level language

    45% 55%
    Matlab 45 out of 83 picked Python over Matlab Python
  31. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    45% 55%
    Matlab 30 out of 55 picked Python over Matlab Python
  32. This is a high level language

    45% 55%
    Matlab 50 out of 91 picked Python over Matlab Python
  33. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    44% 56%
    Matlab 38 out of 68 picked Python over Matlab Python
  34. This language is best for very small projects

    41% 59%
    Matlab 50 out of 85 picked Python over Matlab Python
  35. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    40% 60%
    Matlab 36 out of 61 picked Python over Matlab Python
  36. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    39% 61%
    Matlab 59 out of 98 picked Python over Matlab Python
  37. This language is large

    38% 62%
    Matlab 54 out of 88 picked Python over Matlab Python
  38. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    38% 62%
    Matlab 51 out of 83 picked Python over Matlab Python
  39. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    38% 62%
    Matlab 56 out of 91 picked Python over Matlab Python
  40. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    38% 62%
    Matlab 37 out of 60 picked Python over Matlab Python
  41. This language excels at concurrency

    38% 62%
    Matlab 44 out of 71 picked Python over Matlab Python
  42. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    37% 63%
    Matlab 46 out of 74 picked Python over Matlab Python
  43. This language is minimal

    37% 63%
    Matlab 52 out of 83 picked Python over Matlab Python
  44. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    37% 63%
    Matlab 49 out of 78 picked Python over Matlab Python
  45. This language is well documented

    36% 64%
    Matlab 58 out of 92 picked Python over Matlab Python
  46. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    36% 64%
    Matlab 62 out of 98 picked Python over Matlab Python
  47. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    36% 64%
    Matlab 68 out of 107 picked Python over Matlab Python
  48. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    35% 65%
    Matlab 50 out of 78 picked Python over Matlab Python
  49. This language is good for distributed computing

    33% 67%
    Matlab 48 out of 72 picked Python over Matlab Python
  50. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    33% 67%
    Matlab 52 out of 78 picked Python over Matlab Python
  51. I find this language easy to prototype in

    33% 67%
    Matlab 54 out of 81 picked Python over Matlab Python
  52. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    32% 68%
    Matlab 67 out of 100 picked Python over Matlab Python
  53. I know many other people who use this language

    32% 68%
    Matlab 63 out of 94 picked Python over Matlab Python
  54. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    32% 68%
    Matlab 61 out of 91 picked Python over Matlab Python
  55. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    32% 68%
    Matlab 55 out of 81 picked Python over Matlab Python
  56. This language has a very dogmatic community

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

    30% 70%
    Matlab 61 out of 88 picked Python over Matlab Python
  58. I would list this language on my resume

    30% 70%
    Matlab 60 out of 86 picked Python over Matlab Python
  59. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    29% 71%
    Matlab 60 out of 85 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.

    29% 71%
    Matlab 72 out of 102 picked Python over Matlab Python
  61. I know this language well

    29% 71%
    Matlab 831 out of 1175 picked Python over Matlab Python
  62. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    28% 72%
    Matlab 62 out of 87 picked Python over Matlab Python
  63. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    27% 73%
    Matlab 94 out of 129 picked Python over Matlab Python
  64. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    26% 74%
    Matlab 57 out of 78 picked Python over Matlab Python
  65. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    26% 74%
    Matlab 59 out of 80 picked Python over Matlab Python
  66. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    23% 77%
    Matlab 51 out of 67 picked Python over Matlab Python
  67. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    23% 77%
    Matlab 67 out of 88 picked Python over Matlab Python
  68. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    23% 77%
    Matlab 59 out of 77 picked Python over Matlab Python
  69. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    23% 77%
    Matlab 69 out of 90 picked Python over Matlab Python
  70. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    22% 78%
    Matlab 72 out of 93 picked Python over Matlab Python
  71. This language has a high quality implementation

    22% 78%
    Matlab 73 out of 94 picked Python over Matlab Python
  72. I regularly use this language

    22% 78%
    Matlab 73 out of 94 picked Python over Matlab Python
  73. There are many good tools for this language

    21% 79%
    Matlab 61 out of 78 picked Python over Matlab Python
  74. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    19% 81%
    Matlab 60 out of 75 picked Python over Matlab Python
  75. This language is good for beginners

    19% 81%
    Matlab 81 out of 101 picked Python over Matlab Python
  76. I use many applications written in this language

    19% 81%
    Matlab 74 out of 92 picked Python over Matlab Python
  77. I usually use this language on solo projects

    18% 82%
    Matlab 64 out of 79 picked Python over Matlab Python
  78. I use this language out of choice

    18% 82%
    Matlab 77 out of 95 picked Python over Matlab Python
  79. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    18% 82%
    Matlab 79 out of 97 picked Python over Matlab Python
  80. This language has a very coherent design

    18% 82%
    Matlab 63 out of 77 picked Python over Matlab Python
  81. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    17% 83%
    Matlab 87 out of 106 picked Python over Matlab Python
  82. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    17% 83%
    Matlab 67 out of 81 picked Python over Matlab Python
  83. This language has a good community

    16% 84%
    Matlab 70 out of 84 picked Python over Matlab Python
  84. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    16% 84%
    Matlab 76 out of 91 picked Python over Matlab Python
  85. I rarely have difficulty abstracting patterns I find in my code

    16% 84%
    Matlab 66 out of 79 picked Python over Matlab Python
  86. I enjoy using this language

    16% 84%
    Matlab 83 out of 99 picked Python over Matlab Python
  87. 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 59 out of 70 picked Python over Matlab Python
  88. Code written in this language is very readable

    15% 85%
    Matlab 82 out of 97 picked Python over Matlab Python
  89. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    15% 85%
    Matlab 88 out of 104 picked Python over Matlab Python
  90. I would use this language for casual scripting

    14% 86%
    Matlab 80 out of 94 picked Python over Matlab Python
  91. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    14% 86%
    Matlab 103 out of 121 picked Python over Matlab Python
  92. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    14% 86%
    Matlab 75 out of 88 picked Python over Matlab Python
  93. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    14% 86%
    Matlab 105 out of 123 picked Python over Matlab Python
  94. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    14% 86%
    Matlab 79 out of 92 picked Python over Matlab Python
  95. I find code written in this language very elegant

    13% 87%
    Matlab 76 out of 88 picked Python over Matlab Python
  96. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    13% 87%
    Matlab 71 out of 82 picked Python over Matlab Python
  97. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    13% 87%
    Matlab 72 out of 83 picked Python over Matlab Python
  98. This language is expressive

    12% 88%
    Matlab 67 out of 77 picked Python over Matlab Python
  99. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    12% 88%
    Matlab 92 out of 105 picked Python over Matlab Python
  100. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    12% 88%
    Matlab 71 out of 81 picked Python over Matlab Python
  101. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    11% 89%
    Matlab 82 out of 93 picked Python over Matlab Python
  102. This is a mainstream language

    11% 89%
    Matlab 113 out of 128 picked Python over Matlab Python
  103. This language is best for very large projects

    10% 90%
    Matlab 65 out of 73 picked Python over Matlab Python
  104. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    10% 90%
    Matlab 78 out of 87 picked Python over Matlab Python
  105. This language is very flexible

    9% 91%
    Matlab 75 out of 83 picked Python over Matlab Python
  106. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    8% 92%
    Matlab 83 out of 91 picked Python over Matlab Python
  107. I would use this language for mobile applications

    7% 93%
    Matlab 72 out of 78 picked Python over Matlab Python
  108. This language excels at text processing

    7% 93%
    Matlab 75 out of 81 picked Python over Matlab Python
  109. I would use this language for writing server programs

    6% 94%
    Matlab 72 out of 77 picked Python over Matlab Python
  110. I would use this language for a web project

    3% 97%
    Matlab 75 out of 78 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.