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#### Overview of this book

Are you looking to start developing artificial intelligence applications? Do you need a refresher on key mathematical concepts? Full of engaging practical exercises, The Statistics and Calculus with Python Workshop will show you how to apply your understanding of advanced mathematics in the context of Python. The book begins by giving you a high-level overview of the libraries you'll use while performing statistics with Python. As you progress, you'll perform various mathematical tasks using the Python programming language, such as solving algebraic functions with Python starting with basic functions, and then working through transformations and solving equations. Later chapters in the book will cover statistics and calculus concepts and how to use them to solve problems and gain useful insights. Finally, you'll study differential equations with an emphasis on numerical methods and learn about algorithms that directly calculate values of functions. By the end of this book, you’ll have learned how to apply essential statistics and calculus concepts to develop robust Python applications that solve business challenges.
Preface
1. Fundamentals of Python
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2. Python's Main Tools for Statistics
3. Python's Statistical Toolbox
4. Functions and Algebra with Python
5. More Mathematics with Python
6. Matrices and Markov Chains with Python
7. Doing Basic Statistics with Python
8. Foundational Probability Concepts and Their Applications
9. Intermediate Statistics with Python
10. Foundational Calculus with Python
11. More Calculus with Python
12. Intermediate Calculus with Python

# Introduction

Python and its analytical libraries, such as pandas and Matplotlib, make it very easy to perform both simple and complex statistical calculations on many types of datasets. This chapter introduces the first steps for any statistical analysis: defining and understanding the problem, loading and preparing the dataset, and after that, understanding the variables individually and exploring some relationships between them.

This chapter consists of three sections: in the first section, we introduce the dataset we will be using in this chapter along with a hypothetical (yet very realistic) business problem. Then we load the dataset and perform many of the common tasks of data preparation, including changing variable types and filtering for useful observations. With the dataset ready, the second section presents a brief conceptual introduction to the main metrics of descriptive statistics, then this knowledge is immediately applied to the dataset we are working with. As part...