This is a course for scientists and engineers interested in using Python for solving computational problems that arise in daily work and automating the processing of different kinds of scientific data.
Some familiarity with programming concepts (in any language) is assumed.
By the end of the course, you will have all the knowledge you need to use Python to solve problems involving the use of various scientific data sets. You will know what's available with Python, how to structure your code, and how to use Python's data structures competently to write clean, efficient code. You will have had experience with using Python for various scripting and data manipulation tasks, including easily creating beautiful plots, performing Monte Carlo simulations and image analysis, analysing time-series data, constructing statistical models, and scaling up to handling medium-sized (sub-terabyte) data.
Day 1 covers how to use Python for basic scripting and automation tasks, including tips and tricks for making this easy:
Python offers amazingly productive tools like Pandas for working with different kinds of data. Day 2 gives a thorough introduction to analyzing and visualizing data easily:
Day 3 shows you how to manipulate time-series and matrix/vector data. It then describes simulation methods and walks you through using powerful methods of inference and modelling, clustering and outier detection:
Day 4 gives you a practical and comprehensive introduction to machine learning for powerfully inferring complex models from data. Examples focus on applications of classification and regression to various datasets, including time-series and spatial datasets:
Day 5 teaches you specialized tools in Python for scientific and engineering computing. It gives you a comprehensive introduction to SciPy and the broader package ecosystem. It then teaches you how to profile and speed up slow numerical code and how to parallelize code for large datasets across several cores/processors or distribute them aross a cluster.
We are happy to offer on-the-spot problem-solving after each day of the training for you to ask one-on-one questions — whether about the course content and exercises or about specific problems you face in your work and how to solve them. If you would like us to prepare for this in advance, you are welcome to send us background info before the course.
Live instructor-led training. Either face-to-face or online.
We will provide you with printed course notes, cheat sheets, and a USB stick containing kitchen-sink Python installers for multiple platforms, solutions to the programming exercises, several written tutorials, and reference documentation on Python and the third-party packages covered in the course.
Modern computer-based training facilities (CBD locations) for face-to-face training. Courses are also available online via video streaming and a cloud notebook server for sharing code with the trainer(s).
Face-to-face: an internet-connected computer will be provided for you.
Virtual: we recommend ≥ 8 GB of RAM, a headset mic and a webcam.
The course will run from 9:00 to roughly 17:00 each day, with breaks of 50 minutes for lunch and 20 minutes each for morning and afternoon tea.
Food and drink:
We will provide lunch, morning and afternoon tea, and drinks.
Certificate of completion:
We will provide you a certificate if you complete the course and successfully answer the majority of the exercise questions.