Programming with Data: Python and Pandas LiveLessons

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5 Hours of Video Instruction

Learn how to use Pandas and Python to load and transform tabular data and perform your own analyses.


In Programming with Data: Python and Pandas LiveLessons, data scientist Daniel Gerlanc prepares learners who have no experience working with tabular data to perform their own analyses. The video course focuses on both the distinguishing features of Pandas and the commonalities Pandas shares with other data analysis environments.

In this LiveLesson, Dan starts by introducing univariate and multivariate data structures in Pandas and describes how to understand them both in the context of the Pandas framework and in relation to other libraries and environments for tabular data like R and relational databases. Next, Dan covers reading and writing to external file formats, split-apply-combine computations, introductory and advanced time series, and merging and reshaping datasets. After watching this video, Python programmers will gain a deep understanding of the Pandas framework through exposures to all of its APIs and feature sets.

Skill Level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Learn How To
  • Avoid common pitfalls and “gotchas” in Pandas by understanding the conceptual underpinnings common to most data manipulation libraries and environments
  • Create univariate (Series) and multivariate (DataFrame) data structures in Pandas
  • Read from and write to external data sources like text and binary files and databases
  • Use the Split-Apply-Combine technique to calculate grouped summary statistics like mean, median, and standard deviation on your data
  • Handle time series data; apply lead, lag, and rolling computations to them; and interpolate missing data
  • Merge and reshape datasets
  • Understand how data alignment is a central concept of Pandas

Who Should Take This Course
  • People with a solid understanding of Python programming who want to learn how to load and transform tabular data using Pandas and understand general principles and requirements common to tabular data manipulation frameworks

Course Requirements
  • Intermediate-level programming ability in Python. You should know the difference between a dict, list, and tuple. Familiarity with control-flow (if/else/for/while) and error handling (try/catch) are required.
  • No statistics background is required.

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Introduction
  2. Lesson 1: Series
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 1.1 Install Python and Pandas
    3. 1.2 Learn two ways to conceptualize a Series
    4. 1.3 Create and examine a Series
    5. 1.4 Select from a Series
    6. 1.5 Write vectorized queries against a Series
    7. 1.6 Handle missing data in Pandas
  3. Lesson 2: DataFrames
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 2.1 Learn different conceptualizations of a DataFrame
    3. 2.2 Create a DataFrame
    4. 2.3 Select only columns or rows from a DataFrame
    5. 2.4 Select both rows and columns of a DataFrame
    6. 2.5 Modify a DataFrame in place
    7. 2.6 Align and add a column to a DataFrame
  4. Lesson 3: Reading and Writing External Data
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 3.1 Read data from text files, e.g. CSV
    3. 3.2 Read data from binary files
    4. 3.3 Read data from a database
    5. 3.4 Write data to CSV and other text files
    6. 3.5 Write data to parquet format
    7. 3.6 Write data to a database
  5. Lesson 4: Split-Apply-Combine
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 4.1 Understand the theory of split-apply-combine
    3. 4.2 Split data by groups
    4. 4.3 Apply and reduce by group
  6. Lesson 5: Time Series
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 5.1 Create a time series
    3. 5.2 Select from a time series
    4. 5.3 Perform lead and lag operations
    5. 5.4 Resample a time series
    6. 5.5 Fill and interpolate missing data
    7. 5.6 Align time series
    8. 5.7 Apply rolling calculations
  7. Lesson 6: Merging and Joining
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 6.1 Learn different types of joins
    3. 6.2 Use merge for general purpose joins
    4. 6.3 Understand append and concat
    5. 6.4 Perform advanced merges
  8. Lesson 7: Reshape and Pivot
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 7.1 Understand the concept of reshaping
    3. 7.2 Perform wide to long and long to wide reshaping
    4. 7.3 Learn convenience methods for reshaping
    5. 7.4 Create pivot tables
  9. Lesson 8: Alignment as a Central Concept of Pandas
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 8.1 Create a standalone index
    3. 8.2 Create a MultiIndex
    4. 8.3 Use align and reindex
  10. Lesson 9: Advanced Time Series
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 9.1 Create a custom calendar
    3. 9.2 Understand time zone considerations
  11. Summary
    1. Programming with Data: Python and Pandas LiveLessons (Video Training): Summary

Product information

  • Title: Programming with Data: Python and Pandas LiveLessons
  • Author(s): Daniel Gerlanc
  • Release date: February 2020
  • Publisher(s): Pearson
  • ISBN: 0136623759