You might be able to use the dataset we published here :

Unfortunately, we didn't specifically ask a question on programming
languages used, but you might be able to infer this based on their
responses about common software used (which includes some programming
languages, and some research software written in a specific language).

We're following up on that survey soon so I will see if we can add an
optional question on programming language to subsequent surveys.

Best regards,

On 12 September 2016 at 14:47, Jared Berghold <> wrote:
> Hi All,
> Does anyone know if someone has attempted to find out what the most popular
> programming languages are by research discipline?
> This would be useful information when developing and targeting
> tools/libraries for use by particular research groups.
> Some kind of mapping between the Australian FOR (Fields of Research) codes
> (see:
> or their overseas equivalent, and preferred programming language would be
> ideal.
> Does anyone know if such a thing exists?
> Kind regards,
> Jared
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Neil Chue Hong
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