Working with Excel files in Python

Book description

"Learn python for data analysis” is a constant refrain for those looking to develop their data analysis skills. But it’s hard to apply beginning Python skills to your everyday work if the data you deal with is in Excel spreadsheets. This lesson gives you the ability to connect your new skills to the data you’re already working with, and gives you a big step up on the Python learning curve.

What you’ll learn—and how you can apply it

This lesson teaches you to ingest Excel spreadsheet files into Python scripts and begin to leverage Python’s powerful analysis and automation tools, using both base Python and pandas.

This lesson is for you because…

You deal with data in spreadsheets as part of your job and are beginning to learn Python; this chapter gives you the ability to start applying your Python knowledge right away.


  • Beginning Python knowledge
  • Familiarity with Excel

Materials or downloads needed in advance

  • Python 3.x

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Product information

  • Title: Working with Excel files in Python
  • Author(s): Clinton W. Brownley
  • Release date: December 2016
  • Publisher(s): O'Reilly Media, Inc.
  • ISBN: 9781491980019