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Data Analysis: Python

This LibGuide provides information on miscellaneous software tools

Downloading Python and Anaconda

Python is a popular language for research computing, and great for general-purpose programming as well. Installing all of its research packages individually can be a bit difficult, so we recommend Anaconda, an all-in-one installer.

Regardless of how you choose to install it, please make sure you install Python version 3.x (e.g., 3.6 is fine).

For Windows-users: Video Tutorial

  1. Open https://www.anaconda.com/download/#windows with your web browser.
  2. Download the Python 3 installer for Windows.
  3. Install Python 3 using all of the defaults for installation except make sure to check Make Anaconda the default Python.

For Mac-users:  Video Tutorial

  1. Open https://www.anaconda.com/download/#macos with your web browser.
  2. Download the Python 3 installer for OS X.
  3. Install Python 3 using all of the defaults for installation.

Why Python?

Python is a high level object oriented programing language. You can use Python for developing anything from GUI applications, websites, apps, and software to data analysis and visualization. Python, as a high level language, allows you to focus on core functionality of the application by taking care of common programming tasks. 

 

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