Do you worry about R's standing in the TIOBE index?

R experienced a big drop in the latest results and moved from #9 to #14. The methodology of the ranking is somewhat flawed and rankings go up and down. It's not the end of the world, but I worry about it a little bit.

At my company we have the freedom to choose our tools, but it's clear that our managers are aware of the ubiquity of Python and prefer it over R, purely on the basis of usage and its upward trajectory.

If programming languages were vehicles, Python would be a Ford pickup, the most popular. So maybe R is a Prius. You don’t by the one for fuel economy and you don’t buy the other to tow a horse trailer. Either one will get you to the supermarket.

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