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Looking for complete instructions on manipulating, processing, cleaning, and crunching structured data in Python? The second edition of this hands-on guide--updated for Python 3.6 and the latest versions of NumPy, IPython, Jupyter, and pandas in 2017--is packed with practical cases studies that show you how to effectively solve a broad set of data analysis problems using Python.
Written by Wes McKinney, the main author of the pandas library, Python for Data Analysis also serves as a practical, modern introduction to scientific computing in Python for data-intensive applications. It's ideal for analysts new to Python and for Python programmers new to scientific computing.
Use the IPython shell and Jupyter notebook for exploratory computing
Learn basic and advanced NumPy (Numerical Python) features
Get started with data analysis tools in the pandas library
Use flexible tools to load, clean, transform, merge, and reshape data
Create informative visualizations with matplotlib
Apply the pandas groupby facility to slice, dice, and summarize datasets
Analyze and manipulate regular and irregular time series data
Learn how to solve real-world data analysis problems in thorough, detailed examples
About the Author
Wes McKinney is a New York?based software developer and entrepreneur. After finishing his undergraduate degree in mathematics at MIT in 2007, he went on to do quantitative finance work at AQR Capital Management in Greenwich, CT. Frustrated by cumbersome data analysis tools, he learned Python and started building what would later become the pandas project. He's now an active member of the Python data community and is an advocate for the use of Python in data analysis, finance, and statistical computing applications. Wes was later the co-founder and CEO of DataPad, whose technology assets and team were acquired by Cloudera in 2014. He has since become involved in big data technology, joining the Project Management Committees for the Apache Arrow and Apache Parquet projects in the Apache Software Foundation. In 2016, he joined Two Sigma Investments in New York City, where he continues working to make data analysis faster and easier through open source software.