1Setting Up Your Computer

In order to write code to work with data, you will need to use a number of different (free) software programs for writing, executing, and managing your code. This chapter details which software you will need and explains how to install those programs. While there are a variety of options for each task, we discuss software programs that are largely supported within the data science community, and whose popularity continues to grow.

It is an unfortunate reality that one of the most frustrating and confusing barriers to working with code is getting your machine properly set up. This chapter aims to provide sufficient information for setting up your machine and troubleshooting the installation process.

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