For an article on A/B testing that I am preparing, I asked my partner Dr. Nina Zumel if she could do me a favor and write some code to produce the diagrams. She prepared an excellent parameterized diagram generator. However being the author of the book Practical Data Science with […]

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The Pandas data frame is probably the most popular tool used to model tabular data in Python. For in-memory data, Pandas serves a role that might normally fall to a relational database. Though, Pandas data frames are typically manipulated through methods, instead of with a relational query language. One can […]

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I’ve been seeing a lot of hot takes on if one should do data science in R or in Python. I’ll comment generally on the topic, and then add my own myopic gear-head micro benchmark. I’ll jump in: If learning the language is the big step: then you are a […]

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I’ve just started experimenting with the Polars data frame library in Python. I really like the programmable API it exposes. In fact I am starting an experimental adapter from the data algebra to Polars. When this is complete one can use the data algebra to run the same data transform […]

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I would like to share what I have found to be a very effective personal Jupyter workflow for data science development. DALL-E “An Effective Personal Jupyter Data Science Workflow” Jupyter (nee IPython) workbooks are JSON documents that allow a data scientist to mix: code, markdown, results, images, and graphs. They […]

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I am pleased to announce the 0.9.0 release of the data algebra. The data algebra is realization of the Codd relational algebra for data in written in terms of Python method chaining. It allows the concise clear specification of useful data transforms. Some examples can be found here. Benefits include […]

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I have a new intermediate introduction on the data algebra up here: Using the data algebra for Statistics and Data Science. The data algebra is a tool for data processing in Python which is implemented on top of any of Pandas, Google BigQuery, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Spark, and SQLite. It allows […]

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I’ve thought of Pandas as in-memory column oriented data structure with reasonable performance. If I need high performance or scale, I can move to a database. I like Pandas, and thank the authors and maintainers for their efforts. Now I kind of wonder what Pandas is, or what it wants […]

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