Statistics and Data Analysis in Python with pandas and statsmodels

  • September 14, 2011 · 7:00 PM


NOTE: The date of this meetup has changed, it will now take place on Wed., September 14, 2011.

I am very pleased to announce that along with our usual sponsorship from Revolution Analytics, this month's meetup will also be sponsored by O'Reilly's Strata Conference.  This will include many wonderful things:

Finally, and perhaps most exciting, Strata will be sponsoring our first round of drinks at The Central Bar!  To accommodate what will likely be a larger the average turnout, I have reserved the upstairs of Central Bar.  I hope to see you there!

Fresh off our summer recess and diving right into our new---less restrictive--- focus area, we are thrilled to host Wes McKinney.  

Wes is a prominent figure in the scientific Python community, and has made tremendous contributions to several core statistical computing libraries in that language.  This month, Wes will be speaking specifically about two packages he has created related to data manipulation in Python and analysis.

pandas is a Python library providing powerful and flexible data structures (similar to R's data.frame) and accompanying tools for data wrangling, time series, input / output, and visualization. statsmodels is a related Python project providing standard statistical and econometric models.

In this talk Wes will demo the features of both libraries, particularly as they relate to similar tools in R, as well as speak about planned work to create an better integrated statistical computing environment in Python. I will also touch on connections to other scientific Python projects of interest to the statistical computing community.

As usual, we will have pizza starting at about 6:15 at AOL, and Wes will begin promptly at 7pm.  

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  • Ashley

    More than I hoped. Good pace. Not too deep for me.

    September 21, 2011

  • Jerry G.

    Excellent talk about a project that looks really promising.

    September 16, 2011

  • Drew C.

    Wes has posted the slides and ipython workbook from this talk at his blog:

    Also, the video from his talk is now up in the video archive:

    September 16, 2011

  • Patrick M.

    This was really a rare opportunity; I am really glad I went to this one.

    September 15, 2011

  • Jim L.

    Excellent on several levels

    September 15, 2011

  • Ashwin K.

    Great talk.

    September 15, 2011

  • Phil S.

    Great talk.

    September 15, 2011

  • David J.

    An eventual Python replacement for the R Language, which was not designed to be general purpose. It was impressive, but statistics is a very large field. It is possible that R, itself, is only a small part of statistics.

    September 15, 2011

  • John Peter S.

    Very good meet up. Wes presented a wonderful tool for us to consider. I use python regularly to "shape data" because I find R to be a little arcane at times esp in spatial series Pandas may be what I need.
    I also want to thank Drew Conway et al and O'Reily Media who picked up the tab at Bar Central and, of course, thanks to AOL.

    September 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great movement, Great presentation

    September 15, 2011

  • Alex

    Wes, thank you very much for the amazing presentaton! Drew, thanks for bringing a great speaker!

    September 15, 2011

  • Drew C.

    Wes has created a very powerful tools for data analysis in Python, and his presentation and demo were outstanding!

    September 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    great presentation. loved the conviction behind the talk...

    September 15, 2011

  • Dan F.

    Great talk... especially the code demos!

    September 15, 2011

  • Daniel K.

    Great content, very relevant and informative. Presentation could use some work.

    September 15, 2011

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