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Python for Data Science For Dummies - Second Edition

By : John Paul Mueller, Luca Massaron
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Python for Data Science For Dummies - Second Edition

By: John Paul Mueller, Luca Massaron

Overview of this book

Python is a general-purpose programming language created in the late 1980s — and named after Monty Python — that's used by thousands of people to do things from testing microchips at Intel to powering Instagram to building video games with the PyGame library. The book begins by discussing how Python can make data science easy. You’ll learn how to work with the Anaconda tool suite that makes coding in Python easy. You’ll also learn to write code using Google Colab. As you progress, you'll discover how to perform interesting calculations and data manipulations using various Python libraries, such as pandas and NumPy. You’ll learn how to create data visualizations with MatPlotLib. While learning the advanced concepts, you’ll learn how to wrangle data by using techniques, such as hierarchical clustering. Finally, you’ll learn how to work with decision trees and use machine learning to make predictions. By the end of the book, you’ll have the skills and the knowledge that’s needed to write code in Python and extract information from data.
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Foolish Assumptions

You might find it difficult to believe that we’ve assumed anything about you — after all, we haven’t even met you yet! Although most assumptions are indeed foolish, we made these assumptions to provide a starting point for the book.

You need to e familiar with the platform you want to use because the book doesn’t offer any guidance in this regard. (Chapter 3 does, however, provide Anaconda installation instructions, and Chapter 4 gets you started with Google Colab.) To provide you with maximum information about Python concerning how it applies to data science, this book doesn’t discuss any platform-specific issues. You really do need to know how to install applications, use applications, and generally work with your chosen platform before you begin working with this book.

You must know how to work with Python. This edition of the book no longer contains a Python primer because you can find such as wealth of tutorials online (see https...