My boss gave me 30 days (not working days) to learn Python (Data Science). What is the best approach to learn as much as possible?

My boss gave me 30 days (not working days) to learn Python (Data Science). What is the best appr… by Kenneth Goodman

Answer by Kenneth Goodman:

Stanford put out a great Python tutorial with Numpy (Numerical Python/linear algebra library written in C), SciPy (Scientific Python/ Machine Learning library written in C) and MatplotLib (Mathematical Plotting Library), all of these libraries are callable in Python, but are fast because they are running C code under the hood without type checking.

Python Numpy Tutorial

This is a good start, and might take a couple days assuming you know another programming language.

This won’t give you all of the language, but will give you an edge into the field.

This is a more in depth tutorial with good exercises (if the previous one wasn’t enough): Learn Python the Hard Way

You definitely want to get a grasp on Pandas (library to hold data in tabular format with easy functional interactions): Tutorials – pandas 0.15.2 documentation, it also has some stuff on the IPython notebook (IDE in the web, it’s Python’s answer to R, it’s pretty awesome )

Once you are comfortable with everything above, you can move onto a more specific area you/your boss want to focus on.

Some stuff on Neural Nets (deep learning): Hacker's guide to Neural Networks, A Neural Network in 11 lines of Python (Part 1), and Google’s course on Udacity: Deep Learning | Udacity

Some more Data Science style course: 15.071x Course Info | edX . This course is written in R, but you can port of many of the functions, but the course really lays out concepts well.

There is also Machine Learning | Udacity on Udacity, general ML principals.

I know this is a lot, and you DON’T need to do all of it, just pick and choose based on your preference.

My boss gave me 30 days (not working days) to learn Python (Data Science). What is the best approach to learn as much as possible?

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