Chapter 2

Introducing Python’s Capabilities and Wonders

In This Chapter

arrow Delving into why Python came about

arrow Getting a quick start with Python

arrow Using Python for rapid prototyping and experimentation

arrow Defining how Python provides speed of execution

arrow Defining the power of Python for the data scientist

arrow Exploring the Python and data science relationship

All computers run on just one language — machine code. However, unless you want to learn how to talk like a computer in 0s and 1s, machine code isn’t particularly useful. You’d never want to try to define data science problems using machine code. It would take an entire lifetime (if not longer) just to define one problem. Higher-level languages make it possible to write a lot of code that humans can understand quite quickly. The tools used with these languages make it possible to translate the human-readable code into machine code that the ...

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