programming languages

Rank

Matlab vs Python

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

    90% 10%
    Matlab 88 out of 97 picked Matlab over Python Python
  2. I am sometimes embarrassed to admit to my peers that I know this language

    84% 16%
    Matlab 67 out of 79 picked Matlab over Python Python
  3. This language is unusually bad for beginners

    83% 17%
    Matlab 78 out of 93 picked Matlab over Python Python
  4. I enjoy playing with this language but would never use it for "real code"

    82% 18%
    Matlab 68 out of 82 picked Matlab over Python Python
  5. Developers who primarily use this language often burn out after a few years

    81% 19%
    Matlab 50 out of 61 picked Matlab over Python Python
  6. I am reluctant to admit to knowing this language

    81% 19%
    Matlab 64 out of 79 picked Matlab over Python Python
  7. I often get angry when writing code in this language

    76% 24%
    Matlab 99 out of 129 picked Matlab over Python Python
  8. This language is good for numeric computing

    76% 24%
    Matlab 85 out of 111 picked Matlab over Python Python
  9. This language has an annoying syntax

    75% 25%
    Matlab 101 out of 134 picked Matlab over Python Python
  10. The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me with dread

    74% 26%
    Matlab 76 out of 102 picked Matlab over Python Python
  11. The semantics of this language are much different than other languages I know.

    74% 26%
    Matlab 84 out of 113 picked Matlab over Python Python
  12. This language has a niche in which it is great

    73% 27%
    Matlab 56 out of 76 picked Matlab over Python Python
  13. This language matches it's problem domain particularly well.

    70% 30%
    Matlab 75 out of 107 picked Matlab over Python Python
  14. There is a lot of accidental complexity when writing code in this language

    69% 31%
    Matlab 55 out of 79 picked Matlab over Python Python
  15. This language has many features which feel "tacked on"

    69% 31%
    Matlab 57 out of 82 picked Matlab over Python Python
  16. Writing code in this language is a lot of work

    69% 31%
    Matlab 58 out of 84 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 39 out of 57 picked Matlab over Python Python
  18. This language is likely to be a passing fad

    65% 35%
    Matlab 51 out of 78 picked Matlab over Python Python
  19. This language is good for scientific computing

    64% 36%
    Matlab 66 out of 102 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 55 out of 86 picked Matlab over Python Python
  21. This language makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot

    60% 40%
    Matlab 60 out of 99 picked Matlab over Python Python
  22. This language is frequently used for applications it isn't suitable for

    59% 41%
    Matlab 49 out of 82 picked Matlab over Python Python
  23. I learned this language early in my career as a programmer

    59% 41%
    Matlab 70 out of 118 picked Matlab over Python Python
  24. I use a lot of code written in this language which I really don't want to have to make changes to

    57% 43%
    Matlab 53 out of 92 picked Matlab over Python Python
  25. This language has a strong static type system

    55% 45%
    Matlab 49 out of 89 picked Matlab over Python Python
  26. Code written in this language tends to be verbose

    55% 45%
    Matlab 55 out of 100 picked Matlab over Python Python
  27. This language has a very rigid idea of how things should be done

    51% 49%
    Matlab 43 out of 83 picked Matlab over Python Python
  28. I often feel like I am not smart enough to write this language

    51% 49%
    Matlab 45 out of 88 picked Matlab over Python Python
  29. Programs written in this language will usually work in future versions of the language

    50% 50%
    Matlab 39 out of 77 picked Matlab over Python Python
  30. This is a high level language

    45% 55%
    Matlab 54 out of 99 picked Python over Matlab Python
  31. I often write things in this language with the intent of rewriting them in something else later

    44% 56%
    Matlab 33 out of 60 picked Python over Matlab Python
  32. There are many good commercial tools for this language

    44% 56%
    Matlab 40 out of 72 picked Python over Matlab Python
  33. This is a low level language

    43% 57%
    Matlab 50 out of 89 picked Python over Matlab Python
  34. This language is best for very small projects

    41% 59%
    Matlab 53 out of 91 picked Python over Matlab Python
  35. This language is large

    41% 59%
    Matlab 56 out of 96 picked Python over Matlab Python
  36. It's unusual for me to discover unfamiliar features

    40% 60%
    Matlab 39 out of 66 picked Python over Matlab Python
  37. Programs written in this language tend to be efficient

    40% 60%
    Matlab 61 out of 103 picked Python over Matlab Python
  38. When I run into problems my colleagues can provide me with immediate help with this language

    38% 62%
    Matlab 39 out of 63 picked Python over Matlab Python
  39. This language excels at concurrency

    37% 63%
    Matlab 46 out of 74 picked Python over Matlab Python
  40. When I write code in this language I can be very sure it is correct

    37% 63%
    Matlab 53 out of 85 picked Python over Matlab Python
  41. This language is well documented

    37% 63%
    Matlab 60 out of 96 picked Python over Matlab Python
  42. It is easy to debug programs written in this language when it goes wrong

    37% 63%
    Matlab 62 out of 99 picked Python over Matlab Python
  43. This language excels at symbolic manipulation

    37% 63%
    Matlab 49 out of 78 picked Python over Matlab Python
  44. Code written in this language tends to be terse

    37% 63%
    Matlab 56 out of 89 picked Python over Matlab Python
  45. This language is minimal

    36% 64%
    Matlab 56 out of 88 picked Python over Matlab Python
  46. If my code in this language successfully compiles, there is a good chance my code is correct.

    36% 64%
    Matlab 72 out of 113 picked Python over Matlab Python
  47. If this language didn't exist, I would have trouble finding a satisfactory replacement

    35% 65%
    Matlab 68 out of 105 picked Python over Matlab Python
  48. This language is suitable for real-time applications

    34% 66%
    Matlab 54 out of 83 picked Python over Matlab Python
  49. I know many other people who use this language

    32% 68%
    Matlab 67 out of 100 picked Python over Matlab Python
  50. This language has unusual features that I often miss when using other languages

    32% 68%
    Matlab 65 out of 97 picked Python over Matlab Python
  51. Libraries in this language tend to be well documented.

    32% 68%
    Matlab 72 out of 106 picked Python over Matlab Python
  52. This language allows me to write programs where I know exactly what they are doing under the hood

    31% 69%
    Matlab 58 out of 85 picked Python over Matlab Python
  53. This language is good for distributed computing

    31% 69%
    Matlab 54 out of 79 picked Python over Matlab Python
  54. I find this language easy to prototype in

    31% 69%
    Matlab 59 out of 86 picked Python over Matlab Python
  55. I usually use this language on projects with many other members

    31% 69%
    Matlab 57 out of 83 picked Python over Matlab Python
  56. I would list this language on my resume

    31% 69%
    Matlab 62 out of 90 picked Python over Matlab Python
  57. This language has a very dogmatic community

    30% 70%
    Matlab 54 out of 78 picked Python over Matlab Python
  58. I know this language well

    29% 71%
    Matlab 877 out of 1247 picked Python over Matlab Python
  59. Code written in this language will usually run in all the major implementations if it runs in one of them.

    29% 71%
    Matlab 76 out of 108 picked Python over Matlab Python
  60. I still discover new features of this language on a fairly regular basis

    29% 71%
    Matlab 63 out of 89 picked Python over Matlab Python
  61. I find it easy to write efficient code in this language

    29% 71%
    Matlab 66 out of 93 picked Python over Matlab Python
  62. It is easy to tell at a glance what code in this language does

    27% 73%
    Matlab 62 out of 85 picked Python over Matlab Python
  63. I would use this language for writing programs for an embedded hardware platform

    26% 74%
    Matlab 68 out of 93 picked Python over Matlab Python
  64. Learning this language significantly changed how I use other languages.

    25% 75%
    Matlab 103 out of 138 picked Python over Matlab Python
  65. Code written in this language tends to be very reliable

    25% 75%
    Matlab 63 out of 84 picked Python over Matlab Python
  66. This language has well-organized libraries with consistent, carefully thought-out interfaces

    23% 77%
    Matlab 72 out of 94 picked Python over Matlab Python
  67. This language has a high quality implementation

    23% 77%
    Matlab 77 out of 100 picked Python over Matlab Python
  68. The resources for learning this language are of high quality

    22% 78%
    Matlab 65 out of 84 picked Python over Matlab Python
  69. This language is built on a small core of orthogonal features

    22% 78%
    Matlab 55 out of 71 picked Python over Matlab Python
  70. I can imagine using this language in my day job

    22% 78%
    Matlab 77 out of 99 picked Python over Matlab Python
  71. Learning this language improved my ability as a programmer

    22% 78%
    Matlab 74 out of 95 picked Python over Matlab Python
  72. I regularly use this language

    21% 79%
    Matlab 77 out of 98 picked Python over Matlab Python
  73. I usually use this language on solo projects

    20% 80%
    Matlab 68 out of 86 picked Python over Matlab Python
  74. There are many good tools for this language

    20% 80%
    Matlab 66 out of 83 picked Python over Matlab Python
  75. I use many applications written in this language

    19% 81%
    Matlab 79 out of 98 picked Python over Matlab Python
  76. Third-party libraries are readily available, well-documented, and of high quality

    19% 81%
    Matlab 63 out of 78 picked Python over Matlab Python
  77. This language is good for beginners

    19% 81%
    Matlab 85 out of 105 picked Python over Matlab Python
  78. This language is well suited for an agile development approach using short iterations.

    18% 82%
    Matlab 82 out of 100 picked Python over Matlab Python
  79. This language is likely to be around for a very long time

    17% 83%
    Matlab 93 out of 113 picked Python over Matlab Python
  80. I use this language out of choice

    17% 83%
    Matlab 84 out of 102 picked Python over Matlab Python
  81. This language has a very coherent design

    17% 83%
    Matlab 68 out of 82 picked Python over Matlab Python
  82. There are many good open-source tools for this language

    16% 84%
    Matlab 75 out of 90 picked Python over Matlab Python
  83. I would like to write more of this language than I currently do

    16% 84%
    Matlab 81 out of 97 picked Python over Matlab Python
  84. This language has a good community

    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 71 out of 85 picked Python over Matlab Python
  86. This language has a wide variety of agreed-upon conventions, which are generally adhered to reasonably well, and which increase my productivity

    16% 84%
    Matlab 62 out of 74 picked Python over Matlab Python
  87. This language encourages writing code that is easy to maintain.

    15% 85%
    Matlab 96 out of 114 picked Python over Matlab Python
  88. Code written in this language is very readable

    15% 85%
    Matlab 88 out of 104 picked Python over Matlab Python
  89. I enjoy using this language

    15% 85%
    Matlab 89 out of 105 picked Python over Matlab Python
  90. This language would be good for teaching children to write software

    14% 86%
    Matlab 108 out of 126 picked Python over Matlab Python
  91. I would use this language for casual scripting

    14% 86%
    Matlab 86 out of 100 picked Python over Matlab Python
  92. Programs written in this language tend to play well with others

    13% 87%
    Matlab 74 out of 86 picked Python over Matlab Python
  93. This language encourages writing reusable code.

    13% 87%
    Matlab 81 out of 94 picked Python over Matlab Python
  94. I would recommend most programmers learn this language, regardless of whether they have a specific need for it

    13% 87%
    Matlab 113 out of 131 picked Python over Matlab Python
  95. This language is expressive

    13% 87%
    Matlab 70 out of 81 picked Python over Matlab Python
  96. This language has a good library distribution mechanism.

    13% 87%
    Matlab 97 out of 112 picked Python over Matlab Python
  97. I would use this language for a desktop GUI project

    13% 87%
    Matlab 85 out of 98 picked Python over Matlab Python
  98. I find code written in this language very elegant

    12% 88%
    Matlab 81 out of 93 picked Python over Matlab Python
  99. I can imagine this will be a popular language in twenty years time

    12% 88%
    Matlab 79 out of 90 picked Python over Matlab Python
  100. This is a mainstream language

    12% 88%
    Matlab 115 out of 131 picked Python over Matlab Python
  101. This language is best for very large projects

    11% 89%
    Matlab 69 out of 78 picked Python over Matlab Python
  102. This language is likely to have a strong influence on future languages

    11% 89%
    Matlab 77 out of 87 picked Python over Matlab Python
  103. I would use this language as a scripting language embedded inside a larger application

    11% 89%
    Matlab 86 out of 97 picked Python over Matlab Python
  104. This language is very flexible

    11% 89%
    Matlab 79 out of 89 picked Python over Matlab Python
  105. I would use this language to write a command-line app

    9% 91%
    Matlab 83 out of 92 picked Python over Matlab Python
  106. There is a wide variety of open source code written in this language

    8% 92%
    Matlab 86 out of 94 picked Python over Matlab Python
  107. This language excels at text processing

    8% 92%
    Matlab 80 out of 87 picked Python over Matlab Python
  108. I would use this language for mobile applications

    7% 93%
    Matlab 76 out of 82 picked Python over Matlab Python
  109. I would use this language for writing server programs

    5% 95%
    Matlab 80 out of 85 picked Python over Matlab Python
  110. I would use this language for a web project

    3% 97%
    Matlab 79 out of 82 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.