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Machine Learning: Python or JavaScript?

  • 26 October 2018
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There has been a drastic increase in the Machine Learning & Data Science Community since the inception of MOOCs and online nano-degrees, and it's grown immensely. The most popular languages to carry out ML are Python, R, Matlab, and JavaScript.

As far as software development is concerned, JavaScript has gained widespread popularity due to functional programming paradigm. The discussion I would like to have is whether the JavaScript would overtake Python in terms of popularity and usage, since we have seen a recent shift from every other language to JavaScript in the last 2-3 years?

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I don't think JS is a language suitable for Machine Learning. JS is not designed for multi-threaded work that needs very good memory management and lower-level programming (some python modules are actually written in C / C++) for performance.