I analyzed a random sample of 76,147 full-text research papers, uploaded to PubMed Central between the years 2016 and 2021, in order to check the popularity of programming languages among medical researchers.
I used the BioC API to download the articles (see the References section below) of which only 12,086 mentioned the use of at least 1 programming language.
R was the most used programming language overall, mentioned in 69.69% of research papers, followed by Matlab (21.31%) and Python (8.98%).
The 6-year trend showed that the popularity of R and Python is increasing (+1.59% and +1.21%) as opposed to Matlab, which showed a decline of 2.01%.
Here’s a table of the top 14 programming languages used in medical research:
|Ranking||Programming Language||Number of Mentions|
- Comeau DC, Wei CH, Islamaj Doğan R, and Lu Z. PMC text mining subset in BioC: about 3 million full text articles and growing, Bioinformatics, btz070, 2019.