Tidyverse was super easy to pick up, and I can do almost anything I want with. Why would I want to switch to Panda?
Has anyone tired the python tydiverse port? How does it compare to the original?
The Pandas's API is a generalized solution to complicated, variegated use cases and its syntax reflects that (it was also hemmed by strictures of Python). There are several indexing methods, several ways to slice, several ways to do apply's, all of which behave slightly differently. Even expert Pandas users have trouble remembering the syntax for all of these, so they typically have a Pandas API browser window open or a printed cheat sheet pasted on some corkboard. Pandas definitely takes longer to get used to than Tidyverse but the payoff is that you get to use Python, which is a somewhat "deeper" language than R.
R is great for interactive work, and for data munging jobs that don't interact too much with non-R libraries. However Python is sinply more versatile end-to-end.
I used to start my interactive analysis in R and port to Python for production, but these days I start in Python straight away so there's no impedance mismatch. I've personally found that writing production code in Python (and by extension Pandas) to be much more pleasant than in R, even with Tidyverse.
If you already have a good grasp of Python, sure why not learn Pandas too? In my case, I’m reasonably ambidextrous in Python and R but find myself not reaching for Python unless there are colleague / deployment considerations that remove R as an option. The reason? R’s Tidyverse is pretty awesome, and reflects one of the better parts of the R language, namely the meta programming that is a holdover from Scheme’s influence on R.
Now, if you don’t already know Python and don’t have some other reason (such as specific deployment considerations or a team of Python collaborators) to learn? I don’t think so. Python is a fine language, just as R is a fine language. You’re already getting things done in R.
If you want a mental challenge, or to get in on the ground floor of something that might be the future, learn Julia, or F#, or (my favorite) Racket. Or heck, learn Spark, or a new modeling method.
Is it? How so?