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This sounds like a generational thing. I suspect there are up-and-comers who are hungry to be better programmers, and are interested in the abundant better tools. So maybe the problem to solve isn't so much getting people to switch tools as aiding education and discovery for people who don't yet know what tools to use.

Edit to add: I know a couple folks with backgrounds in statistics. One of them taught a data visualization class using R during his postdoc and is now teaching data science in Python for a code school. The other works for a big established company that does lots of data analysis, and still uses one of the old-school tools you listed, but is always very interested when we chat about the newer tools that are out there. So I think it's a mistake to think most folks are stuck in their ways.

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