Which tool should I choose to start studying Analytics? SAS or R?



I am a B.tech undergraduate and looking forward a career in data analytics. I am unable to decide which tool should I choose to start. R or SAS or Python?
Also having a confusion between Data analyst and Data Scientist.


You can start with R since its open source and then move to other tools. Since you are a BTech grad I am assuming you are ok with basic programming which can be a good start for your data analytics career. And, if you do not know much of R and SAS but eager to learn then I suggest you check Analyttica ATH.


Hey @anrg217,

  1. This article discusses pros vs cons of all the three R, SAS, Python.
  2. For data scientist vs data analyst, check out this excellent quora thread.

Hope this helps!
Sanad :slight_smile:


Start with statistics. The rest are all tool. Learn to interpret results.

R is easiest of the three but i would suggest Python which has more score than just Data science.