Fast Track to Python for Data Science | Introduction to Python for Data Science (TTPS4873)

JumpStart your Python Skills for Data Analytics | Intro to Python Basics, Pandas, Numpy and More



3 Days

Course Overview

Fast Track to Python for Data Science and/or Machine Learning is a three-day, hands-on course geared to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to handle various data science projects efficiently using Python, one of the most popular languages in the industry. Python's ease of use, extensive libraries, and robust community make it a fantastic choice for professionals seeking to enhance their data science capabilities. From automating small tasks to building complex data models, Python can enable you to streamline your work or provide significant insights for your organization.

Working in a hands-on learning environment led by our expert instructor, you’ll also gain experience with Python's core topics like flow control, sequences, arrays, dictionaries, and handling files. You’ll delve into functions, sorting, essential demos, the standard library, and even dates and times.  You'll learn how to manage syntax errors and exceptions effectively, enhancing your code's resilience and your productivity.  You'll delve into how Python it operates within web notebooks such as iPython, Jupyter, and Zeppelin, where you'll practice writing, testing, and debugging your Python code. You’ll also gain practical experience with Python and key data science libraries, enabling you to optimize data handling and create insightful visualizations. You’ll explore working with large number sets and transforming data in numpy, reading, writing, and reshaping data with pandas, and creating data visualizations with matplotlib. You’ll also gain experience optimizing data handling processes, creating insightful visualizations, or making data-driven decisions.

By the end of this journey, you'll have a solid understanding of Python for data science, including data analysis, manipulation, and visualization, ready to apply these new skills in your work. This course aims not just to teach Python but also to lay a strong foundation for you to continue building upon, enhancing your proficiency in Data Science and enabling you to contribute effectively to your team's data projects.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand Python's Core Topics: Gain a firm grasp of fundamental Python concepts such as flow control, sequences, arrays, dictionaries, and file handling. This understanding forms the cornerstone of your Python programming journey.
  • Navigate Key Python Libraries: Develop proficiency in leveraging the power of Python's primary libraries, numpy and pandas. By the end of the course, you'll be confidently transforming, reshaping data, and handling large number sets.
  • Generate Insightful Visualizations: Learn how to create meaningful and visually appealing data visualizations using matplotlib. These skills will enable you to better communicate data-driven insights.
  • Efficient Data Handling: Acquire techniques to optimize your data handling processes, enhancing productivity and making your workflow more efficient.
  • Manage Errors Effectively: Become proficient in handling common challenges like syntax errors and exceptions, enhancing the reliability and robustness of your Python code.
  • Hands-on Experience with Web Notebooks: Gain practical experience using interactive web notebooks like iPython, Jupyter, and Zeppelin. These tools offer a dynamic platform for writing, testing, and debugging your Python code, enriching your learning experience.

Course Objectives

This course is approximately 50% hands-on, combining expert lecture, real-world demonstrations and group discussions with machine-based practical labs and exercises.  Our engaging instructors and mentors are highly experienced practitioners who bring years of current "on-the-job" experience into every classroom.  Throughout the hands-on course students will learn to leverage core Python scripting for data science skills using the most current and efficient skills and techniques.

Working in a hands-on learning environment, guided by our expert team, attendees will learn about and explore:

  • How to work with Python interactively in web notebooks
  • The essentials of Python scripting
  • Key concepts necessary to enter the world of Data Science via Python

Need different skills or topics?  If your team requires different topics or tools, additional skills or custom approach, this course may be further adjusted to accommodate.  We offer additional python, data science, AI / machine learning and other related topics that may be blended with this course for a track that best suits your needs. Our team will collaborate with you to understand your needs and will target the course to focus on your specific learning objectives and goals.

Course Prerequisites

This introductory-level course is geared for data analysts, developers, engineers or anyone tasked with utilizing Python for data analytics tasks.  While there are no specific programming prerequisites, students should be comfortable working with files and folders and should not be afraid of the command line and basic scripting.  This is for attendees new to Python.

Course Agenda

Please note that this list of topics is based on our standard course offering, evolved from typical industry uses and trends. We’ll work with you to tune this course and level of coverage to target the skills you need most.

  1. An Overview of Python
  • Why Python?
  • Python in the Shell
  • Python in Web Notebooks (iPython, Jupyter, Zeppelin)
  • Demo: Python, Notebooks, and Data Science
  1. Getting Started
  • Using variables
  • Builtin functions
  • Strings
  • Numbers
  • Converting among types
  • Writing to the screen
  • Command line parameters
  • Running standalone scripts under Unix and Windows
  1. Flow Control
  • About flow control
  • White space
  • Conditional expressions
  • Relational and Boolean operators
  • While loops
  • Alternate loop exits
  1. Sequences, Arrays, Dictionaries and Sets
  • About sequences
  • Lists and list methods
  • Tuples
  • Indexing and slicing
  • Iterating through a sequence
  • Sequence functions, keywords, and operators
  • List comprehensions
  • Generator Expressions
  • Nested sequences
  • Working with Dictionaries
  • Working with Sets
  1. Working with files
  • File overview
  • Opening a text file
  • Reading a text file
  • Writing to a text file
  • Reading and writing raw (binary) data
  1. Functions
  • Defining functions
  • Parameters 
  • Global and local scope
  • Nested functions
  • Returning values
  1. Sorting
  • The sorted() function
  • Alternate keys
  • Lambda functions
  • Sorting collections
  • Using operator.itemgetter()
  • Reverse sorting
  1. Errors and Exception Handling
  • Syntax errors
  • Exceptions
  • Using try/catch/else/finally
  • Handling multiple exceptions
  • Ignoring exceptions
  1. Essential Demos
  • Importing Modules
  • Classes
  • Regular Expressions
  1. The standard library
  • Math functions
  • The string module
  1. Dates and times
  • Working with dates and times
  • Translating timestamps
  • Parsing dates from text
  • Formatting dates
  • Calendar data
  1. numpy
  • numpy basics
  • Creating arrays
  • Indexing and slicing
  • Large number sets
  • Transforming data
  • Advanced tricks
  1. Python and Data Science
  • Data Science Essentials
  • Working with Python in Data Science
  1. Working with Pandas
  • pandas overview
  • Dataframes
  • Reading and writing data
  • Data alignment and reshaping
  • Fancy indexing and slicing
  • Merging and joining data sets

Time Permitting

  1. matplotlib
  • Creating a basic plot
  • Commonly used plots
  • Ad hoc data visualization
  • Advanced usage
  • Exporting images


Course Materials

Student Materials: Each student will receive a Student Guide with course notes, code samples, software tutorials, diagrams and related reference materials and links (as applicable). Our courses also include step by step hands-on lab instructions and and solutions, clearly illustrated for users to complete hands-on work in class, and to revisit to review or refresh skills at any time. Students will also receive related (as applicable) project files, code files, data sets and solutions required for the hands-on work.

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