Getting started with Python

Chances are that you already have some version of Python installed on your machine, especially if you have a Mac. For the purposes of this exercise, we will be downloading Python 3 onto our Windows machine. At the time of writing this book, Python 3.5.1 is available for download; however, for the purposes of this book, we will go with the more reliable version, 3.4.4.

Downloading and installing Python

Similar to R, Python has a dedicated website for downloading appropriate versions of Python: https://www.python.org/downloads/

Once the executable file has been downloaded, run it to get the installation process started, as shown in the following screenshot:

Select the appropriate directory for the installation of Python ...

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