Contiuous Learning

Today I want to give a bit of insight into what resources I used in order to improve my knowledge and skill set for data analysis. Although I have many years of experience in software development and using Python, I felt like I was no longer in touch with the latest developments technology wise. Furthermore, …
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Adjusting Jupyter notebook Font Size

For screen presentations, I found the original font-size to be too small. Therefore, adjusting the font size permanently would be nice to have. You can do so by adding a custom Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) to your Jupyter configuration directory (usually in $HOME/.jupyter/). First you add a subdirectory called “custom” to your Jupyter configuration directory …
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Customizing Jupyter Notebooks for Presentations and Reports

Jupyter Notebooks are ideal for data analysis when using Python. They allow you to analyze the data, while at the same time writing documentation. The data processing and report writing become intertwined: while you explore and analyze the data, you already have a draft of your report at hand. Unfortunately, Jupyter Notebooks are not too …
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Going for Python 3.8 with Conda

In order to migrate to the latest Python release before the Anaconda Download packages haven been upgraded to it (in my case Python 3.8), I had to first upgrade my Conda installation: And then create a new Python 3.8 environment: Unfortunately, a couple of packages are not yet there, so installing the full Anaconda package …
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Globals are not global in Python

Well, the title already says it. Globals are module wide, not global global…. This means, that if you do The global would not change. This is because the global keyword only makes variables accessible to the module level – not beyond. So if you instead of importing the module execute the file, it will run …
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Running a Jupyter Notebook remotely in single line

In order to run a Jupyter Notebook on a remote server (here: SERVER), one usually first opens a shell, logs in on the remote server, starts the jupyter notebook server. Then usually you open a new shell, and forward a local port using ssh. And finally you open the notebook webpage in your browser (here: Firefox). …
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Using Conda for Python 2.7 vs 3.x switching

Needing a system that allows for easy switching of Python versions or, within one version, switching between different environments, Conda is the easiest way to go. Conda is a package and environment management system, that was exactly developed for this purpose. With Anaconda being a collection of Python packages we are set to go. The …
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Creating your personal Python environment using virtualenv

Often you are working on a computer where you do not have the user privileges to install custom Python modules (or software in general). Or you do not want to mess with the operating systems Python environment. Then, sometimes you just want (or have to) install python modules with a specific version, e.g. to get …
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Using Gildas/Class from Python

As many people have been asking me on how to use Gildas/Class from within Python, I’ll try to give a quick tour here. You will need to have Class installed including the Pyclass extension. Before you start the Python script you need to initialize Gildas in the shell. Make also sure it is in your …
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Python autocompletion in VIM

Having autocompletion (and some other nice stuff) for Python in VIM is not only a nice feature, but something allowing you to be more efficient when programming Python. First see the result: Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNMjbaimk9g To make the functionality (and color scheme) available, download the tarball (pythonVim.tar.gz) and extract it in your home directory (i.e. /home/your_user_name), …
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