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Applied Computational Thinking with Python

By : Sofía De Jesús, Dayrene Martinez
Book Image

Applied Computational Thinking with Python

By: Sofía De Jesús, Dayrene Martinez

Overview of this book

Computational thinking helps you to develop logical processing and algorithmic thinking while solving real-world problems across a wide range of domains. It's an essential skill that you should possess to keep ahead of the curve in this modern era of information technology. Developers can apply their knowledge of computational thinking to solve problems in multiple areas, including economics, mathematics, and artificial intelligence. This book begins by helping you get to grips with decomposition, pattern recognition, pattern generalization and abstraction, and algorithm design, along with teaching you how to apply these elements practically while designing solutions for challenging problems. You’ll then learn about various techniques involved in problem analysis, logical reasoning, algorithm design, clusters and classification, data analysis, and modeling, and understand how computational thinking elements can be used together with these aspects to design solutions. Toward the end, you will discover how to identify pitfalls in the solution design process and how to choose the right functionalities to create the best possible algorithmic solutions. By the end of this algorithm book, you will have gained the confidence to successfully apply computational thinking techniques to software development.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Section 1: Introduction to Computational Thinking
Section 2:Applying Python and Computational Thinking
Section 3:Data Processing, Analysis, and Applications Using Computational Thinking and Python
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Conventions used

There are a number of text conventions used throughout this book.

Code in text: Indicates code words in text, database table names, folder names, filenames, file extensions, pathnames, dummy URLs, user input, and Twitter handles. Here is an example: "Finally, we ask the program to analyze the text using the Readability function. Notice that we saved that to r."

A block of code is set as follows:

def encrypt(message, key):
    encryptedM = ''
    for letts in message:
        if letts in LETTERS:
            num = LETTERS.find(letts)
            num += key
            encryptedM +=  LETTERS[num]
    return encryptedM

Any command-line input or output is written as follows:

There once was a citizen in the town of Narnia, whose name was Malena. Malena loved to hang with their trusty dog, King Kong.
You could always see them strolling through the market in the morning, wearing their favorite blue attire.

Bold: Indicates a new term, an important word, or words that you see on screen. For example, words in menus or dialog boxes appear in the text like this. Here is an example: "As you can see from the preceding screenshot, the deaths column continues to rise, as does the number of cases, which we will take a look at a little later in this problem."

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