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Statistical modeling in Python using statsmodels

We will be hosting Skipper Seabold, one of the primary contributors to statsmodels, to talk about statsmodels and its current capabilities and future directions. 


Statsmodels is a Python module that allows users to explore data, estimate statistical models, and perform statistical tests. At this meetup, I will give an overview of statsmodels and describe the typical workflow for data exploration and fitting a statistical model. This will include some working with pandas and matplotlib. We will have a closer look at a few popular models including those for linear regression, discrete choice, nonparametrics, and time series analysis as time allows. I will close with a few words about outstanding contributions to look forward to in the next release and how you can get involved.

Interactive IPython notebooks will be made available, so bring your laptop, if you want to follow along. The material is available at


I am a PhD candidate in economics at American University in DC and have been co-lead developer of statsmodels for 5 years. I have also made a few contributions to other parts of the SciPy stack including numpy, scipy, and pandas.

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  • Tony O.

    Good overview of statsmodels by Skipper. I enjoyed the presentation. There were several of you interested in getting your hands dirty with Python. Data Community DC is hosting a Building Data Apps with Python workshop on April 19th that you may be interested in. Last I checked, we still had a couple seats left.

    April 9, 2014

  • Abhijit

    Skipper has shared the following link for tonight's talk:

    He adds:

    Instructions are in the README. I included everything in the repo, so if they have that, they shouldn't need internet access. To be sure, they can run the commands in the README.

    April 8, 2014

    • Hussein K.

      HTTPError: HTTP Error 500: Internal Server error

      April 8, 2014

    • Abhijit

      You should still be able to download the zip file and unzip it locally. That should suffice.

      April 8, 2014

  • Andrea

    Will the talks be recorded?

    April 7, 2014

  • Alex P.

    If we want to follow along as suggested in description, will the IPython notebooks be made available before the meetup? (Recently at GWU there was no internet access in the room.)

    April 3, 2014

    • Abhijit

      Alex, I believe that is Skipper's plan. He mentioned to me that he'll make the notebook available. I'll him about timing. I know GWU sucks with public internet coverage.

      April 3, 2014

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