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Interactive Data Visualization with Python - Second Edition

By : Abha Belorkar, Sharath Chandra Guntuku, Shubhangi Hora, Anshu Kumar
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Interactive Data Visualization with Python - Second Edition

By: Abha Belorkar, Sharath Chandra Guntuku, Shubhangi Hora, Anshu Kumar

Overview of this book

With so much data being continuously generated, developers, who can present data as impactful and interesting visualizations, are always in demand. Interactive Data Visualization with Python sharpens your data exploration skills, tells you everything there is to know about interactive data visualization in Python. You'll begin by learning how to draw various plots with Matplotlib and Seaborn, the non-interactive data visualization libraries. You'll study different types of visualizations, compare them, and find out how to select a particular type of visualization to suit your requirements. After you get a hang of the various non-interactive visualization libraries, you'll learn the principles of intuitive and persuasive data visualization, and use Bokeh and Plotly to transform your visuals into strong stories. You'll also gain insight into how interactive data and model visualization can optimize the performance of a regression model. By the end of the course, you'll have a new skill set that'll make you the go-to person for transforming data visualizations into engaging and interesting stories.
Table of Contents (9 chapters)


In this chapter, we covered the basics of handling pandas DataFrames to format them as inputs for different visualization functions in libraries such as pandas , seaborn and more, and we covered some essential concepts in generating and modifying plots to create pleasing figures.

The pandas library contains functions such as read_csv(), read_excel(), and read_json() to read structured text data files. Functions such as describe() and info() are useful to get information on the summary statistics and memory usage of the features in a DataFrame. Other important operations on pandas DataFrames include subletting based on user-specified conditions/constraints, adding new columns to a DataFrame, transforming existing columns with built-in Python functions as well as user-defined functions, deleting specific columns in a DataFrame, and writing a modified DataFrame to a file on the local system.

Once equipped with knowledge of these common operations on pandas DataFrames, we went over the basics of visualization and learned how to refine the visual appeal of the plots. We illustrated these concepts with the plotting of histograms and bar plots. Specifically, we learned about different ways of presenting labels and legends, changing the properties of tick labels, and adding annotations.

In the next chapter, we will learn about some popular visualization techniques and understand the interpretation, strengths, and limitations of each.