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Python Data Analysis - Third Edition

By : Avinash Navlani, Ivan Idris
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Book Image

Python Data Analysis - Third Edition

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By: Avinash Navlani, Ivan Idris

Overview of this book

Data analysis enables you to generate value from small and big data by discovering new patterns and trends, and Python is one of the most popular tools for analyzing a wide variety of data. With this book, you’ll get up and running using Python for data analysis by exploring the different phases and methodologies used in data analysis and learning how to use modern libraries from the Python ecosystem to create efficient data pipelines. Starting with the essential statistical and data analysis fundamentals using Python, you’ll perform complex data analysis and modeling, data manipulation, data cleaning, and data visualization using easy-to-follow examples. You’ll then understand how to conduct time series analysis and signal processing using ARMA models. As you advance, you’ll get to grips with smart processing and data analytics using machine learning algorithms such as regression, classification, Principal Component Analysis (PCA), and clustering. In the concluding chapters, you’ll work on real-world examples to analyze textual and image data using natural language processing (NLP) and image analytics techniques, respectively. Finally, the book will demonstrate parallel computing using Dask. By the end of this data analysis book, you’ll be equipped with the skills you need to prepare data for analysis and create meaningful data visualizations for forecasting values from data.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Section 1: Foundation for Data Analysis
Section 2: Exploratory Data Analysis and Data Cleaning
Section 3: Deep Dive into Machine Learning
Section 4: NLP, Image Analytics, and Parallel Computing

The standard process of data analysis

Data analysis refers to investigating the data, finding meaningful insights from it, and drawing conclusions. The main goal of this process is to collect, filter, clean, transform, explore, describe, visualize, and communicate the insights from this data to discover decision-making information. Generally, the data analysis process is comprised of the following phases:

  1. Collecting Data: Collect and gather data from several sources.
  2. Preprocessing Data: Filter, clean, and transform the data into the required format.
  3. Analyzing and Finding Insights: Explore, describe, and visualize the data and find insights and conclusions.
  4. Insights Interpretations: Understand the insights and find the impact each variable has on the system.
  5. Storytelling: Communicate your results in the form of a story so that a layman can understand them.

We can summarize these steps of the data analysis process via the following process diagram:

In this section, we have covered the standard data analysis process, which emphasizes finding interpretable insights and converting them into a user story. In the next section, we will discuss the KDD process.