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Hands-On Data Analysis with Pandas - Second Edition

By : Stefanie Molin
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Hands-On Data Analysis with Pandas - Second Edition

By: Stefanie Molin

Overview of this book

Extracting valuable business insights is no longer a ‘nice-to-have’, but an essential skill for anyone who handles data in their enterprise. Hands-On Data Analysis with Pandas is here to help beginners and those who are migrating their skills into data science get up to speed in no time. This book will show you how to analyze your data, get started with machine learning, and work effectively with the Python libraries often used for data science, such as pandas, NumPy, matplotlib, seaborn, and scikit-learn. Using real-world datasets, you will learn how to use the pandas library to perform data wrangling to reshape, clean, and aggregate your data. Then, you will learn how to conduct exploratory data analysis by calculating summary statistics and visualizing the data to find patterns. In the concluding chapters, you will explore some applications of anomaly detection, regression, clustering, and classification using scikit-learn to make predictions based on past data. This updated edition will equip you with the skills you need to use pandas 1.x to efficiently perform various data manipulation tasks, reliably reproduce analyses, and visualize your data for effective decision making – valuable knowledge that can be applied across multiple domains.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Section 1: Getting Started with Pandas
Section 2: Using Pandas for Data Analysis
Section 3: Applications – Real-World Analyses Using Pandas
Section 4: Introduction to Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn
Section 5: Additional Resources


In this chapter, we learned about the main processes in conducting data analysis: data collection, data wrangling, EDA, and drawing conclusions. We followed that up with an overview of descriptive statistics and learned how to describe the central tendency and spread of our data; how to summarize it both numerically and visually using the 5-number summary, box plots, histograms, and kernel density estimates; how to scale our data; and how to quantify relationships between variables in our dataset.

We got an introduction to prediction and time series analysis. Then, we had a very brief overview of some core topics in inferential statistics that can be explored after mastering the contents of this book. Note that while all the examples in this chapter were of one or two variables, real-life data is often high-dimensional. Chapter 10, Making Better Predictions – Optimizing Models, will touch on some ways to address this. Lastly, we set up our virtual environment for this book and learned how to work with Jupyter Notebooks.

Now that we have built a strong foundation, we will start working with data in Python in the next chapter.