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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 F: Production Notes

Analyzing Data

It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.

—Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes

While we can use fancy names like “data science,” “analytics,” and “artificial intelligence” to talk about working with data, sometimes you just want to read, write, and process files containing many rows and columns of information. People have been doing this interactively for years, typically using applications like Microsoft Excel® and online apps like Google Sheets™.

To “programmatically” manipulate data, I mean that we use Python functions and methods. This chapter uses the popular pandas library to create and manipulate these collections of rows and columns, called DataFrames. [PAN] [PCB] We will later introduce other methods in Chapter 15, Learning, Briefly. Before we discuss DataFrames, let’s review some...