Installing Python with Anaconda

Although Python is an open-source, cross-platform language, installing it with the usual scientific packages used to be overly complicated. Fortunately, there is now an all-in-one scientific Python distribution, Anaconda (by Continuum Analytics), that is free, cross-platform, and easy to install. Anaconda comes with Jupyter and all of the scientific packages we will use in this book. There are other distributions and installation options (like Canopy, WinPython, Python(x, y), and others), but for the purpose of this book we will use Anaconda throughout.

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Running Jupyter in the cloud

You can also use Jupyter directly from your web browser, without installing anything on your local computer: go to http://try.jupyter.org ...

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