Chapter 1. A Tour of pandas

In this chapter, we will take a look at pandas, which is an open source Python-based data analysis library. It provides high-performance and easy-to-use data structures and data analysis tools built with the Python programming language. The pandas library brings many of the good things from R, specifically the DataFrame objects and R packages such as plyr and reshape2, and places them in a single library that you can use in your Python applications.

The development of pandas was begun in 2008 by Wes McKinney when he worked at AQR Capital Management. It was opened sourced in 2009 and is currently supported and actively developed by various organizations and contributors. It was initially designed with finance in mind, ...

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