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I have attended “Python for Data Analysis” meeting organised by Data Science London. There were two main talks — by Didrik Pinte from Enthought and by Wes McKinney, creator of pandas.
About a half of the audience has already used NumPy, though I think only a couple of people has gone deep with C integration and memory optimizations. So it was a mix of an introductory talk with showing Cython code and profiling tools.
Interestingly, when someone decided to port NumPy to .NET, it didn’t work efficiently because of unpredictable garbage collection in .NET.
Didrik has also shown how a memory monitor from Pikos works.
Python for Data Analysis
by Wes McKinney @wesmckinn — former quant, author of pandas (the powerful Python library for data analysis), author of the book: “Python for Data Analysis”
Most of the talk was done in the ipython notebook. Using a MovieLens dataset as an example, Wes has shown different pandas functions: data slicing, merge, map etc. The library is also good for data munging/cleaning/preparation.
He told they are doing further improvements of the library because of use cases when people try to open a 5 GB Kaggle dataset and the system uses 20 GB of memory.
Rmagic library: running R code in Python. Useful e.g. for ggplot2 library, which has no matches in the Python world.
“Python for Data Analysis” book is an introduction to pandas with working code examples, a better learning material than plain documentation. Print copies are not available yet; books will probably appear for Strata New York. (I have just checked my O’Reilly account, my copy is not listed as an “early release” anymore).
The first speaker, Didrik, added two reasons to use pandas: