How do we set up our data mining work environment?

The previous sections were included to give us a better sense of what we are going to build and why. Now it is time to begin setting up a development environment that will support us as we work through all of these projects. Since this book is designed to teach us how to build the software to mine data for patterns, we will be writing our programs from scratch using a general purpose programming language. The Python programming language has a very strong – and still growing – community dedicated to data mining. This community has contributed some very handy libraries that we can use for efficient processing, and numerous data types that we can rely on to make our work go faster.

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