PhillyPUG March 2012 Meetup - Pandas

Hi All,

Our March meeting will be held at Buchanan, Ingersoll, and Rooney (the same place as RedSnake). Our food sponsor will be Chariot Solutions. Many thanks to both companies!


The agenda is as follows:

6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Food, networking, a word from our sponsors.

7:00 PM - 7:20 PM - OpenCV by Jim Snavely

7:25 PM - 8:25 PM - What is Pandas and Where is it Going? by Wes McKinney

8:30 PM - 8:45 PM - Lightning Talks

8:45 PM - Leave for Ladder15


More details:


Our PyStar talk this month will explore the basics of Computer Vision. Jim Snavely will give a quick introduction to image processing using Python and OpenCV. He'll show some basic noise reduction methods and simple feature detection. OpenCV is a huge and wonderful library that can do many amazing things. This will just scratch the surface, but enough, I hope, to pique your curiosity.

Jim Snavely lives in Philadelphia and writes software for the web and mobile devices. He's really into machine vision, machine learning, and functional programming.


Wes McKinney will deliver our featured talk this month. The talk is called "What is Pandas and Where is it Going?" Pandas is a Python package providing fast, flexible, and expressive data structures designed to make working with relational or labeled data both easy and intuitive. It aims to be the fundamental high-level building block for doing practical, real-world data analysis in Python. In this talk, Wes will give an introduction to the library, discuss its current state, and near-term future directions.

Wes McKinney is Co-Founder and CTO of Lambda Foundry, a company dedicated to building the next generation of high-productivity and high-performance tools for Finance. From 2010 to 2012, he served as a financial Python consultant while leading pandas development. From 2007 to 2010, he researched global macro and credit trading strategies at AQR Capital Management. He graduated from MIT with an S.B. in Mathematics. He is on leave from the Duke University Ph.D program in Statistics.


Line up your babysitters now, because our March meeting is going to be a good one! See you all soon. For those that are going, enjoy PyCon.

All the best,





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  • John G.

    Great overview of pandas and ipython. Useful tool for flexible data analysis tasks

    April 3, 2012

  • lex r

    Very impressive subject about using Pandas for Stat Analysis.

    March 28, 2012

  • John W. O.

    Felt welcome as first-timers and found the technical content stimulating. Now thinking about ways to use OpenCV to develop software for low-vision users like my father. Pandas talk was a tittilating mixture of data geekery and i-popping iPythoning.

    March 28, 2012

  • Tom P.

    I think both Jim and Wes did a great job presenting their material. The venue was first class. Networking at the bar after the event was, in true PhillyPUG fashion, very vibrant.

    March 28, 2012

  • Byron R.

    This was my first time at a PUG meetup and it was great. Great group of people who are interested in getting things done. Both presentations were great, I am personally very interested in Pandas to apply it in the healthcare data. I will definitely be back.

    March 28, 2012

  • Robin Gordon S.

    Both the openCV and the Pandas presentations were interesting and useful. Wesley McKinney has a good sense of humor, is a lively presenter. The only downside was how the questions for Wesley kept getting more and more esoteric - at some point he should have suggested coming up after the presentation.

    March 28, 2012

  • Mark

    The OpenCV talk was really cool. I will definitely check it out if I am doing any mobile/photo based apps.

    The pandas talk made me think twice about using the database ever again, until I thought about transactionality and referential integrity. Oh well. The package is really awesome and Wes is a charismatic speaker.

    Many thanks to Nate for getting beer.

    March 28, 2012

  • Angel P.

    Great pair of talks.

    March 28, 2012

  • Jeffrey M.

    Very informative and interesting. Great to see library authors coming out to talk.

    March 28, 2012

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