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Julia Programming Projects

By : Adrian Salceanu
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Julia Programming Projects

By: Adrian Salceanu

Overview of this book

Julia is a new programming language that offers a unique combination of performance and productivity. Its powerful features, friendly syntax, and speed are attracting a growing number of adopters from Python, R, and Matlab, effectively raising the bar for modern general and scientific computing. After six years in the making, Julia has reached version 1.0. Now is the perfect time to learn it, due to its large-scale adoption across a wide range of domains, including fintech, biotech, education, and AI. Beginning with an introduction to the language, Julia Programming Projects goes on to illustrate how to analyze the Iris dataset using DataFrames. You will explore functions and the type system, methods, and multiple dispatch while building a web scraper and a web app. Next, you'll delve into machine learning, where you'll build a books recommender system. You will also see how to apply unsupervised machine learning to perform clustering on the San Francisco business database. After metaprogramming, the final chapters will discuss dates and time, time series analysis, visualization, and forecasting. We'll close with package development, documenting, testing and benchmarking. By the end of the book, you will have gained the practical knowledge to build real-world applications in Julia.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
About Packt

Chapter 3. Setting Up the Wiki Game

I hope you're excited about Julia by now. The friendly, expressive, and intuitive syntax, the powerful read-eval-print loop (REPL), the great performance, and the richness of both built-in and third-party libraries are a game-changing combination for data science in particular—and programming in general. The fact that in just two introductory chapters we were able to grasp the basics of the language and configure a data science setup powerful enough to analyze the Iris dataset is quite amazing—congratulations, we've done a great job!

But we are literally just starting. The foundation we've laid is now strong enough to allow us to develop pretty much any kind of program using Julia. Hard to believe? Well, here's the proof—in the next three chapters, we'll develop a web-based game with Julia!

It will follow the narrative of the internet-famous Six Degrees of Wikipedia. If you've never heard of it, the idea is that any two articles on Wikipedia can be connected...