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Dancing with Python

By : Robert S. Sutor
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Dancing with Python

By: Robert S. Sutor

Overview of this book

Dancing with Python helps you learn Python and quantum computing in a practical way. It will help you explore how to work with numbers, strings, collections, iterators, and files. The book goes beyond functions and classes and teaches you to use Python and Qiskit to create gates and circuits for classical and quantum computing. Learn how quantum extends traditional techniques using the Grover Search Algorithm and the code that implements it. Dive into some advanced and widely used applications of Python and revisit strings with more sophisticated tools, such as regular expressions and basic natural language processing (NLP). The final chapters introduce you to data analysis, visualizations, and supervised and unsupervised machine learning. By the end of the book, you will be proficient in programming the latest and most powerful quantum computers, the Pythonic way.
Table of Contents (29 chapters)
Part I: Getting to Know Python
PART II: Algorithms and Circuits
PART III: Advanced Features and Libraries
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Appendix C: The Complete UniPoly Class
Appendix D: The Complete Guitar Class Hierarchy
Appendix F: Production Notes

Searching and Changing Text

If I cease searching, then, woe is me, I am lost. That is how I look at it – keep going, keep going come what may.

—Vincent van Gogh

We represent much of the world’s information as text. Think of all the words in all the digital newspapers, e-books, PDF files, blogs, emails, texts, and social media services such as Twitter and Facebook. Given a block of text, how do we search it to see if some desired information is present? How can we change the text to add formatting or corrections or extract information?

Chapter 4, Stringing You Along, covered Python’s functions and methods. This chapter begins with regular expressions and then proceeds to natural language processing (NLP) basics: how to go from a string of text to some of the meaning contained therein.

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