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C++ vs R: What are the differences?

What is C++? Has imperative, object-oriented and generic programming features, while also providing the facilities for low level memory manipulation. C++ compiles directly to a machine's native code, allowing it to be one of the fastest languages in the world, if optimized.

What is R? A language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. R provides a wide variety of statistical (linear and nonlinear modelling, classical statistical tests, time-series analysis, classification, clustering, ...) and graphical techniques, and is highly extensible.

C++ and R belong to "Languages" category of the tech stack.

"Performance" is the top reason why over 146 developers like C++, while over 58 developers mention "Data analysis " as the leading cause for choosing R.

Lyft, OkCupid, and Twitch are some of the popular companies that use C++, whereas R is used by AdRoll, Instacart, and Verba. C++ has a broader approval, being mentioned in 199 company stacks & 371 developers stacks; compared to R, which is listed in 128 company stacks and 97 developer stacks.

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What is C++?

C++ compiles directly to a machine's native code, allowing it to be one of the fastest languages in the world, if optimized.

What is R?

R provides a wide variety of statistical (linear and nonlinear modelling, classical statistical tests, time-series analysis, classification, clustering, ...) and graphical techniques, and is highly extensible.

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benyomin uses RR

What are my other choices for a vectorized statistics language. Professor was pushing SAS Jump (or was that SPSS) with a menu-driven point and click approach. (Reproducibility can still be accomplished, you publish the script generated by all your clicks.) But I want to type everything, great online tutorials for R. I think I made the right pick.

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Marc3842h uses C++C++

C++ is used in Shiro (https://github.com/Marc3842h/shiro).

C++ is a high performance, low level programming language. Game servers need to run with fast performance to be able to reliably serve players across the globe.

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OnlineCity uses C++C++

The most latency sensitive parts are written in C++. Due to our interconnected services architecture, we use either Python or C++ for each service, with the performance critical parts being C++14.

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POROWNEO.PL uses C++C++

Used to write PHP extensions - AZTEC Decoder - License Driver scan - Axis2/C to PHP wrapper and Job-scheduler - Barbershop

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Luca Fulchir uses C++C++

Performance, zero-overhead abstractions and memory safety of the modern C++ language make this the perfect language for the project.

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Ralic Lo uses RR

Connect to database, data analytics, draw diagram. Machine Learning application, and also used Spark-R for big data processing.

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ApertusVR uses C++C++

The main programming language of ApertusVR. C++11 & CMake provides multi-platform targeting. The architecture is modular.

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Tino Gehlert uses RR

Visualisation of air quality in various rooms by RShiny (hosted free on shinyapps.io)

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Sesync uses RR

R is primarily used by SESYNC's researchers

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STILLWATER SUPERCOMPUTING INC uses RR

Offline deep analytics and modeling

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