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Algorithms For Dummies by Luca Massaron, John Paul Mueller

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Chapter 3

Using Python to Work with Algorithms

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Using Python to discover how algorithms work

check Considering the various Python distributions

check Performing a Python installation on Linux

check Performing a Python installation on OS X

check Performing a Python installation on Windows

check Obtaining and installing the datasets used in this book

You have many good choices when it comes to using computer assistance to discover the wonders of algorithms. For example, apart from Python, many people rely on MATLAB and many others use R. In fact, some people use all three and then compare the sorts of outputs they get (see one such comparison at https://www.r-bloggers.com/evaluating-optimization-algorithms-in-matlab-python-and-r/). If you just had the three choices, you’d still need to think about them for a while and might choose to learn more than one language, but you actually have more than three ...

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