When one of my partners read my most recent blog on Dueling R & Python, he Skyped that I was very brave to post a column with code. By brave, alas, he meant foolish, opining that the best case scenario was no reaction, but the worst case, well...... How right he was.

Later that morning I received an incendiary email from Matt Dowle, author of the R “data.table” package, basically questioning my sanity for not using the library's speedy fread function for delimited text data, rather than the inefficient read.csv kluge I ended up with.

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