Sean Taylor has a new blog post with a semi-serious discussion of what your choice of statistical software says about you. Here's what he says about using Python for statistics:

"You are a hacker who may have already been a programmer before you delved into statistics. You are probably willing to run alpha or beta-quality algorithms because the statistical package ecosystem is still evolving. You care about integrating your statistics code into a production codebase."

Personally, yes, I was a programmer before I became involved in statistics. And yes, I like Python because I do care about integrating statistical code into larger systems.
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