This tutorial helps you to get started with Python. It's a step by step practical guide to learn Python by examples. Python is an open source language and it is widely used as a high-level programming language for general-purpose programming. It has gained high popularity in data science world. As data science domain is rising these days, IBM recently predicted demand for data science professionals would rise by more than 25% by 2020. In the PyPL Popularity of Programming language index, Python scored second rank with a 14 percent share. In advanced analytics and predictive analytics market, it is ranked among top 3 programming languages for advanced analytics.

Google yields thousands of articles on this topic. Some bloggers opposed and some in favor of 2.7. If you filter your search criteria and look for only recent articles (late 2016 onwards), you would see majority of bloggers are in favor of Python 3.6.

1. The official end date for the Python 2.7 is year 2020. Afterward there would be no support from community. It does not make any sense to learn 2.7 if you learn it today.

2. Python 3.6 supports 95% of top 360 python packages and almost 100% of top packages for data science.

It is cleaner and faster. It is a language for the future. It fixed major issues with versions of Python 2 series. Python 3 was first released in year 2008. It has been 9 years releasing robust versions of Python 3 series.

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There are two ways to download and install Python

Anaconda comes with two popular IDE :

Jupyter is equivalent to markdown in R. It is useful when you need to present your work to others or when you need to create step by step project report as it can combine code, output, words, and graphics.

10 divided by 3 is 3.33

remainder after 10 divided by 3 is 1

It is used to assign a value to the declared variable. For e.g.

In every programming language, it is important to understand the data structures. Following are some data structures used in Python.

It is a sequence of multiple values. It allows us to store different types of data such as integer, float, string etc. See the examples of list below. First one is an integer list containing only integer. Second one is string list containing only string values. Third one is mixed list containing integer, string and float values.

We can extract list item using Indexes.

You can select multiple elements from a list using the following method

A tuple is similar to a list in the sense that it is a sequence of elements. The difference between list and tuple are as follows -

Like

Suppose you want python to assume

Conditional statements are commonly used in coding. It is IF ELSE statements. It can be read like : " if a condition holds true, then execute something. Else execute something else"

Some of the leading packages in Python along with equivalent libraries in R are as follows-

The commands below would help you to install and update new and existing packages. Let's say, you want to install / uninstall

!pip install pandas

!pip uninstall pandas

!pip show pandas

!pip list

!pip install --upgrade pandas

It imports the whole package and the function

In pandas package, there are two data structures - series and dataframe. These structures are explained below in detail -

You can get a particular element of a series using index value. See the examples below -

It is equivalent to data.frame in R. It is a 2-dimensional data structure that can store data of different data types such as characters, integers, floating point values, factors. Those who are well-conversant with MS Excel, they can think of data frame as Excel Spreadsheet.

The following table shows how Python and pandas package stores data.

The table below shows comparison of pandas functions with R functions for various data wrangling and manipulation tasks. It would help you to memorize pandas functions. It's a very handy information for programmers who are new to Python. It includes solutions for most of the frequently used data exploration tasks.

You can import required packages using

We can build dataframe using

You can run the command below to find out number of rows and columns.

The df.head(N) function can be used to check out first some N rows.

To keep a single variable, you can write in any of the following three methods -

To summarize or explore data, you can submit the command below.

To summarise all the

To select only a particular variable, you can write the following code -

Suppose you are asked to apply condition - productcode is equal to "AA" and sales greater than or equal to 1250.

In the code below, we are arrange data in ascending order by sales.

Like SQL GROUP BY, you want to summarize continuous variable by classification variable. In this case, we are calculating average sale and cost by product code.

Let's create a classification variable - id which contains only 3 unique values - 1/2/3.

We can use astype() function to make id as a categorical variable.

You can calculate frequency distribution of a categorical variable. It is one of the method to explore a categorical variable.

In this section, we cover how to perform data mining and machine learning algorithms with Python. sklearn is the most frequently used library for running data mining and machine learning algorithms. We will also cover statsmodels library for regression techniques. statsmodels library generates formattable output which can be used further in project report and presentation.

Import the following libraries before reading or exploring data

With the use of python library, we can easily get data from web into python.

Let's explore data. We'll answer the following questions -

In the code below, we rename the variable rank to '

It is important to check the frequency distribution of categorical variable. It helps to answer the question whether data is skewed.

By looking at cross tabulation report, we can check whether we have enough number of events against each unique values of categorical variable.

We can write a simple loop to figure out the number of blank values in all variables in a dataset.

Logistic Regression is a special type of regression where target variable is categorical in nature and independent variables be discrete or continuous. In this post, we will demonstrate only

In python, we can write R-style model formula

80% of data goes to training dataset which is used for building model and 20% goes to test dataset which would be used for validating the model.

By default, the

Odd ratio is exponential value of parameter estimates.

Decision trees can have a target variable continuous or categorical. When it is continuous, it is called regression tree. And when it is categorical, it is called classification tree. It selects a variable at each step that best splits the set of values. There are several algorithms to find best split. Some of them are Gini, Entropy, C4.5, Chi-Square. There are several advantages of decision tree. It is simple to use and easy to understand. It requires a very few data preparation steps. It can handle mixed data - both categorical and continuous variables. In terms of speed, it is a very fast algorithm.

Decision Tree has limitation of overfitting which implies it does not generalize pattern. It is very sensitive to a small change in training data. To overcome this problem, random forest comes into picture. It grows a large number of trees on randomised data. It selects random number of variables to grow each tree. It is more robust algorithm than decision tree. It is one of the most popular machine learning algorithm. It is commonly used in data science competitions. It is always ranked in top 5 algorithms. It has become a part of every data science toolkit.

The sklearn library makes hyper-parameters tuning very easy. It is a strategy to select the best parameters for an algorithm. In scikit-learn they are passed as arguments to the constructor of the estimator classes. For example, max_features in randomforest. alpha for lasso.

1.

Suppose you want to convert categorical variables into dummy variables. It is different to the previous example as it creates dummy variables instead of convert it in numeric form.

The output looks like below -

There are many ways to handle or treat outliers (or extreme values). Some of the methods are as follows -

In some algorithms, it is required to standardize variables before running the actual algorithm. Standardization refers to the process of making mean of variable zero and unit variance (standard deviation).

Practice, practice and practice. Download free public data sets from Kaggle / UCLA websites and try to play around with data and generate insights from it with pandas package and build statistical models using sklearn package. I hope you would find this tutorial helpful. I tried to cover all the important topics which beginner must know about Python. Once completion of this tutorial, you can flaunt you know how to program it in Python and you can implement machine learning algorithms using sklearn package.

**Table of Contents**

- Getting Started with Python

- Data Structures and Conditional Statements
- Python Libraries
- Data Manipulation using Pandas
- Data Science with Python

**Python 2.7 vs 3.6**

Google yields thousands of articles on this topic. Some bloggers opposed and some in favor of 2.7. If you filter your search criteria and look for only recent articles (late 2016 onwards), you would see majority of bloggers are in favor of Python 3.6.

**See the following reasons to support Python 3.6**.

1. The official end date for the Python 2.7 is year 2020. Afterward there would be no support from community. It does not make any sense to learn 2.7 if you learn it today.

2. Python 3.6 supports 95% of top 360 python packages and almost 100% of top packages for data science.

**What's new in Python 3.6**

It is cleaner and faster. It is a language for the future. It fixed major issues with versions of Python 2 series. Python 3 was first released in year 2008. It has been 9 years releasing robust versions of Python 3 series.

**Key Takeaway**

You should go for Python 3.6. In terms of learning Python, there are no major differences in Python 2.7 and 3.6. It is not too difficult to move from Python 3 to Python 2 with a few adjustments. Your focus should go on learning Python as a language.

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**Python for Data Science**

Python is widely used and very popular for a variety of software engineering tasks such as website development, cloud-architecture, back-end etc. It is equally popular in data science world. In advanced analytics world, there has been several debates on R vs. Python. There are some areas such as number of libraries for statistical analysis, where R wins over Python but Python is catching up very fast. With popularity of big data and data science, Python has become first programming language of data scientists.

There are several reasons to learn Python. Some of them are as follows -

There are several reasons to learn Python. Some of them are as follows -

- Python runs well in automating various steps of a predictive model.
- Python has awesome robust libraries for machine learning, natural language processing, deep learning, big data and artificial Intelligence.
- Python wins over R when it comes to deploying machine learning models in production.
- It can be easily integrated with big data frameworks such as Spark and Hadoop.
- Python has a great online community support.

*Do you know these sites are developed in Python?*- YouTube
- Dropbox
- Disqus

**How to Install Python**

There are two ways to download and install Python

**Download Anaconda.**It comes with Python software along with preinstalled popular libraries.- Download
**Python**from its official website. You have to manually install libraries.

## Recommended : Go for first option and download anaconda. It saves a lot of time in learning and coding Python

**Coding Environments**

Anaconda comes with two popular IDE :

- Jupyter (Ipython) Notebook
- Spyder

**Spyder**. It is like RStudio for Python. It gives an environment wherein writing python code is user-friendly. If you are a SAS User, you can think of it as SAS Enterprise Guide / SAS Studio. It comes with a syntax editor where you can write programs. It has a console to check each and every line of code. Under the 'Variable explorer', you can access your created data files and function.

**I highly recommend Spyder!**

Spyder - Python Coding Environment |

**Jupyter (Ipython) Notebook**

The following is a list of some useful spyder shortcut keys which makes you more productive.

**Press F5**to run the entire script**Press F9**to run selection or line- Press
**Ctrl + 1**to comment / uncomment - Go to front of function and then
**press Ctrl + I**to see documentation of the function **Run**%reset -f to clean workspace**Ctrl + Left click on object**to see source code**Ctrl+Enter**executes the current cell.**Shift+Enter**executes the current cell and advances the cursor to the next cell

*List of arithmetic operators with examples*Arithmetic Operators | Operation | Example |
---|---|---|

+ | Addition | 10 + 2 = 12 |

– | Subtraction | 10 – 2 = 8 |

* | Multiplication | 10 * 2 = 20 |

/ | Division | 10 / 2 = 5.0 |

% | Modulus (Remainder) | 10 % 3 = 1 |

** | Power | 10 ** 2 = 100 |

// | Floor | 17 // 3 = 5 |

(x + (d-1)) // d | Ceiling | (17 +(3-1)) // 3 = 6 |

**Basic Programs**

**Example 1**

#Basics

x = 10

y = 3

print("10 divided by 3 is", x/y)

print("remainder after 10 divided by 3 is", x%y)

**Result :**

10 divided by 3 is 3.33

remainder after 10 divided by 3 is 1

**Example 2**

x = 100

x > 80 and x <=95

x > 35 or x < 60

x > 80 and x <=95 Out[45]: False

x > 35 or x < 60 Out[46]: True

Comparison & Logical Operators | Description | Example |
---|---|---|

> | Greater than | 5 > 3 returns True |

< | Less than | 5 < 3 returns False |

>= | Greater than or equal to | 5 >= 3 returns True |

<= | Less than or equal to | 5 <= 3 return False |

== | Equal to | 5 == 3 returns False |

!= | Not equal to | 5 != 3 returns True |

and | Check both the conditions | x > 18 and x <=35 |

or | If atleast one condition hold True | x > 35 or x < 60 |

not | Opposite of Condition | not(x>7) |

**Assignment Operators**

It is used to assign a value to the declared variable. For e.g.

**x += 25 means x = x +25**.

x = 100

y = 10

x += y

print(x)

print(x) 110In this case, x+=y implies x=x+y which is x = 100 + 10.

Similarly,you can use x-=y, x*=y and x /=y

**Python Data Structure**

In every programming language, it is important to understand the data structures. Following are some data structures used in Python.

**1. List**

It is a sequence of multiple values. It allows us to store different types of data such as integer, float, string etc. See the examples of list below. First one is an integer list containing only integer. Second one is string list containing only string values. Third one is mixed list containing integer, string and float values.

- x = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
- y = [‘A’, ‘O’, ‘G’, ‘M’]
- z = [‘A’, 4, 5.1, ‘M’]

**Get List Item**

We can extract list item using Indexes.

**Index starts from 0 and end with (number of elements-1).**

x = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

x[0]

x[1]

x[4]

x[-1]

x[-2]

x[0] Out[68]: 1 x[1] Out[69]: 2 x[4] Out[70]: 5 x[-1] Out[71]: 5 x[-2] Out[72]: 4

**x[0]**picks first element from list.

**Negative sign**tells Python to search list item from right to left.

**x[-1]**selects the last element from list.

You can select multiple elements from a list using the following method

x[:3] returns [1, 2, 3]

**2. Tuple**

A tuple is similar to a list in the sense that it is a sequence of elements. The difference between list and tuple are as follows -

- A tuple cannot be changed once constructed whereas list can be modified.
- A tuple is created by placing comma-separated values inside parentheses
**( )**. Whereas, list is created inside square brackets**[ ]**

**Examples**

K = (1,2,3)

State = ('Delhi','Maharashtra','Karnataka')

**Perform for loop on Tuple**

for i in State:

print(i)

Delhi Maharashtra Karnataka

**Functions**

Like

**print()**, you can create your own custom function. It is also called user-defined functions. It helps you in automating the repetitive task and calling reusable code in easier way.

**Rules to define a function**

- Function starts with
**def**keyword followed by function name and**( )** - Function body starts with a colon (:) and is indented
- The keyword
**return**ends a function and

def sum_fun(a, b):

result = a + b

return result

z = sum_fun(10, 15)

**Result :**z = 25

Suppose you want python to assume

**0 as default value**if no value is specified for parameter b.

def sum_fun(a,b=0):

result = a + b

return result

z = sum_fun(10)

In the above function, b is set to be 0 if no value is provided for parameter b. It does not mean no other value than 0 can be set here. It can also be used as

**z = sum_fun(10, 15)**

**Conditional Statements (if else)**

Conditional statements are commonly used in coding. It is IF ELSE statements. It can be read like : " if a condition holds true, then execute something. Else execute something else"

**Note :**The if and else statements ends with a colon

**:**

**Example**

k = 27

if k%5 == 0:

print('Multiple of 5')

else:

print('Not a Multiple of 5')

**Result :**Not a Multiple of 5

**Popular python packages for Data Analysis & Visualization**

Some of the leading packages in Python along with equivalent libraries in R are as follows-

**pandas**. For data manipulation and data wrangling. A collections of functions to understand and explore data. It is counterpart of**dplyr**and**reshape2**packages in R.**NumPy**. For numerical computing. It's a package for efficient array computations. It allows us to do some operations on an entire column or table in one line. It is roughly approximate to**Rcpp**package in R which eliminates the limitation of slow speed in R.**Numpy Tutorial****Scipy**. For mathematical and scientific functions such as integration, interpolation, signal processing, linear algebra, statistics, etc. It is built on Numpy.**Scikit-learn.**A collection of machine learning algorithms. It is built on Numpy and Scipy. It can perform all the techniques that can be done in R using**glm, knn, randomForest, rpart, e1071**packages.**Matplotlib.**For data visualization. It's a leading package for graphics in Python. It is equivalent to**ggplot2**package in R.**Statsmodels.**For statistical and predictive modeling. It includes various functions to explore data and generate descriptive and predictive analytics. It allows users to run descriptive statistics, methods to impute missing values, statistical tests and take table output to HTML format.**pandasql.**It allows SQL users to write SQL queries in Python. It is very helpful for people who loves writing SQL queries to manipulate data. It is equivalent to**sqldf**package in R.

*Maximum of the above packages are already preinstalled in Spyder.*

**Comparison of Python and R Packages by Data Mining Task**

Task | Python Package | R Package |
---|---|---|

IDE | Rodeo / Spyder | Rstudio |

Data Manipulation | pandas | dplyr and reshape2 |

Machine Learning | Scikit-learn | glm, knn, randomForest, rpart, e1071 |

Data Visualization | ggplot + seaborn + bokeh | ggplot2 |

Character Functions | Built-In Functions | stringr |

Reproducibility | Jupyter | Knitr |

SQL Queries | pandasql | sqldf |

Working with Dates | datetime | lubridate |

Web Scraping | beautifulsoup | rvest |

**Popular Python Commands**

The commands below would help you to install and update new and existing packages. Let's say, you want to install / uninstall

**pandas**package.

**Install Package**

!pip install pandas

**Uninstall Package**

!pip uninstall pandas

**Show Information about Installed Package**

!pip show pandas

**List of Installed Packages**

!pip list

**Upgrade a package**

!pip install --upgrade pandas

There are multiple ways to import a package in Python. It is important to understand the difference between these styles.

**1. import pandas as pd**
It imports the package

**pandas**under the alias**pd**. A function**DataFrame**in package pandas is then submitted with**pd.DataFrame**.**2. import pandas**

It imports the package without using alias but here the function

**DataFrame**is submitted with full package name**pandas.DataFrame****3. from pandas import ***

It imports the whole package and the function

**DataFrame**is executed simply by typing

**DataFrame.**It sometimes creates confusion when same function name exists in more than one package.

**Pandas Data Structures : Series and DataFrame**

In pandas package, there are two data structures - series and dataframe. These structures are explained below in detail -

**Series**is a one-dimensional array. You can access individual elements of a series using position. It's similar to vector in R.

*In the example below, we are generating 5 random values.*

import pandas as pd

s1 = pd.Series(np.random.randn(5))

s1

0 -2.412015 1 -0.451752 2 1.174207 3 0.766348 4 -0.361815 dtype: float64

**Extract first and second value**

You can get a particular element of a series using index value. See the examples below -

s1[0]

-2.412015

s1[1]

-0.451752

s1[:3]

0 -2.412015 1 -0.451752 2 1.174207

**2. DataFrame**

It is equivalent to data.frame in R. It is a 2-dimensional data structure that can store data of different data types such as characters, integers, floating point values, factors. Those who are well-conversant with MS Excel, they can think of data frame as Excel Spreadsheet.

**Comparison of Data Type in Python and Pandas**

The following table shows how Python and pandas package stores data.

Data Type | Pandas | Standard Python |
---|---|---|

For character variable | object | string |

For categorical variable | category | - |

For Numeric variable without decimals | int64 | int |

Numeric characters with decimals | float64 | float |

For date time variables | datetime64 | - |

**Important Pandas Functions**

The table below shows comparison of pandas functions with R functions for various data wrangling and manipulation tasks. It would help you to memorize pandas functions. It's a very handy information for programmers who are new to Python. It includes solutions for most of the frequently used data exploration tasks.

Functions | R | Python (pandas package) |
---|---|---|

Installing a package | install.packages('name') | !pip install name |

Loading a package | library(name) | import name as other_name |

Checking working directory | getwd() | import os os.getcwd() |

Setting working directory | setwd() | os.chdir() |

List files in a directory | dir() | os.listdir() |

Remove an object | rm('name') | del object |

Select Variables | select(df, x1, x2) | df[['x1', 'x2']] |

Drop Variables | select(df, -(x1:x2)) | df.drop(['x1', 'x2'], axis = 1) |

Filter Data | filter(df, x1 >= 100) | df.query('x1 >= 100') |

Structure of a DataFrame | str(df) | df.info() |

Summarize dataframe | summary(df) | df.describe() |

Get row names of dataframe "df" | rownames(df) | df.index |

Get column names | colnames(df) | df.columns |

View Top N rows | head(df,N) | df.head(N) |

View Bottom N rows | tail(df,N) | df.tail(N) |

Get dimension of data frame | dim(df) | df.shape |

Get number of rows | nrow(df) | df.shape[0] |

Get number of columns | ncol(df) | df.shape[1] |

Length of data frame | length(df) | len(df) |

Get random 3 rows from dataframe | sample_n(df, 3) | df.sample(n=3) |

Get random 10% rows | sample_frac(df, 0.1) | df.sample(frac=0.1) |

Check Missing Values | is.na(df$x) | pd.isnull(df.x) |

Sorting | arrange(df, x1, x2) | df.sort_values(['x1', 'x2']) |

Rename Variables | rename(df, newvar = x1) | df.rename(columns={'x1': 'newvar'}) |

**Data Manipulation with pandas - Examples**

**1. Import Required Packages**

You can import required packages using

**import**statement. In the syntax below, we are asking Python to import numpy and pandas package. The 'as' is used to alias package name.

import numpy as np

import pandas as pd

**2. Build DataFrame**

We can build dataframe using

**DataFrame()**function of pandas package.

mydata = {'productcode': ['AA', 'AA', 'AA', 'BB', 'BB', 'BB'],In this dataframe, we have three variables - productcode, sales, cost.

'sales': [1010, 1025.2, 1404.2, 1251.7, 1160, 1604.8],

'cost' : [1020, 1625.2, 1204, 1003.7, 1020, 1124]}

df = pd.DataFrame(mydata)

Sample DataFrame |

To import data from CSV file

To import data from CSV file

You can use read_csv() function from pandas package to get data into python from CSV file.

mydata= pd.read_csv("C:\\Users\\Deepanshu\\Documents\\file1.csv")

Make sure you use

**double backslash**when specifying path of CSV file. Alternatively, you can use forward slash to mention file path inside read_csv() function.**Detailed Tutorial : Import Data in Python**

**3. To see number of rows and columns**

You can run the command below to find out number of rows and columns.

df.shape

**Result :**(6, 3). It means 6 rows and 3 columns.

**4. To view first 3 rows**

The df.head(N) function can be used to check out first some N rows.

df.head(3)

cost productcode sales 0 1020.0 AA 1010.0 1 1625.2 AA 1025.2 2 1204.0 AA 1404.2

**5. Select or Drop Variables**

To keep a single variable, you can write in any of the following three methods -

df.productcodeTo select variable by column position, you can use

df["productcode"]

df.loc[: , "productcode"]

**df.iloc**function. In the example below, we are selecting second column. Column Index starts from 0. Hence, 1 refers to second column.

df.iloc[: , 1]

We can keep multiple variables by specifying desired variables inside [ ]. Also, we can make use of df.loc() function.

We can remove variables by using df.drop() function. See the example below -

df[["productcode", "cost"]]

df.loc[ : , ["productcode", "cost"]]

**Drop Variable**We can remove variables by using df.drop() function. See the example below -

df2 = df.drop(['sales'], axis = 1)

**6. To summarize data frame**

To summarize or explore data, you can submit the command below.

df.describe()

cost sales count 6.000000 6.00000 mean 1166.150000 1242.65000 std 237.926793 230.46669 min 1003.700000 1010.00000 25% 1020.000000 1058.90000 50% 1072.000000 1205.85000 75% 1184.000000 1366.07500 max 1625.200000 1604.80000

To summarise all the

**character variables**, you can use the following script.

df.describe(include=['O'])Similarly, you can use

**df.describe(include=['float64'])**to view summary of all the numeric variables with decimals.

To select only a particular variable, you can write the following code -

df.productcode.describe()

OR

df["productcode"].describe()

count 6 unique 2 top BB freq 3 Name: productcode, dtype: object

**7. To calculate summary statistics**

We can manually find out summary statistics such as count, mean, median by using commands below

df.sales.mean()

df.sales.median()

df.sales.count()

df.sales.min()

df.sales.max()

**8. Filter Data**

Suppose you are asked to apply condition - productcode is equal to "AA" and sales greater than or equal to 1250.

df1 = df[(df.productcode == "AA") & (df.sales >= 1250)]It can also be written like :

df1 = df.query('(productcode == "AA") & (sales >= 1250)')In the second query, we

**do not need**to specify DataFrame along with variable name.

**9. Sort Data**

In the code below, we are arrange data in ascending order by sales.

df.sort_values(['sales'])

**10. Group By : Summary by Grouping Variable**

Like SQL GROUP BY, you want to summarize continuous variable by classification variable. In this case, we are calculating average sale and cost by product code.

df.groupby(df.productcode).mean()

cost sales productcode AA 1283.066667 1146.466667 BB 1049.233333 1338.833333Instead of summarising for multiple variable, you can run it for a single variable i.e. sales. Submit the following script.

df["sales"].groupby(df.productcode).mean()

**11. Define Categorical Variable**

Let's create a classification variable - id which contains only 3 unique values - 1/2/3.

df0 = pd.DataFrame({'id': [1, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 2]})

*Let's define as a categorical variable.*

We can use astype() function to make id as a categorical variable.

df0.id = df0["id"].astype('category')Summarize this classification variable to check descriptive statistics.

df0.describe()

id count 7 unique 3 top 2 freq 3

**Frequency Distribution**

You can calculate frequency distribution of a categorical variable. It is one of the method to explore a categorical variable.

df['productcode'].value_counts()

BB 3 AA 3

**12. Generate Histogram**

Histogram is one of the method to check distribution of a continuous variable. In the figure shown below, there are two values for variable 'sales' in range 1000-1100. In the remaining intervals, there is only a single value. In this case, there are only 5 values. If you have a large dataset, you can plot histogram to identify outliers in a continuous variable.

df['sales'].hist()

Histogram |

**13. BoxPlot**

Boxplot is a method to visualize continuous or numeric variable. It shows minimum, Q1, Q2, Q3, IQR, maximum value in a single graph.

df.boxplot(column='sales')

BoxPlot |

**Detailed Tutorial : Data Analysis with Pandas Tutorial**

**Data Science using Python - Examples**

In this section, we cover how to perform data mining and machine learning algorithms with Python. sklearn is the most frequently used library for running data mining and machine learning algorithms. We will also cover statsmodels library for regression techniques. statsmodels library generates formattable output which can be used further in project report and presentation.

**1. Install the required libraries**

Import the following libraries before reading or exploring data

#Import required libraries

import pandas as pd

import statsmodels.api as sm

import numpy as np

**2. Download and import data into Python**

With the use of python library, we can easily get data from web into python.

# Read data from web

df = pd.read_csv("https://stats.idre.ucla.edu/stat/data/binary.csv")

Variables Type Descriptiongre Continuous Graduate Record Exam score gpa Continuous Grade Point Average rank Categorical Prestige of the undergraduate institution admit Binary Admission in graduate school

**The binary variable admit is a target variable.**

**3. Explore Data**

Let's explore data. We'll answer the following questions -

- How many rows and columns in the data file?
- What are the distribution of variables?
- Check if any outlier(s)
- If outlier(s), treat them
- Check if any missing value(s)
- Impute Missing values (if any)

# See no. of rows and columns

df.shape

**Result :**400 rows and 4 columns

In the code below, we rename the variable rank to '

**position**' as rank is already a function in python.

# rename rank columnSummarize and plot all the columns.

df = df.rename(columns={'rank': 'position'})

# Summarize

df.describe()

# plot all of the columns

df.hist()

**Categorical variable Analysis**

It is important to check the frequency distribution of categorical variable. It helps to answer the question whether data is skewed.

# Summarize

df.position.value_counts(ascending=True)

1 61 4 67 3 121 2 151

**Generating Crosstab**

By looking at cross tabulation report, we can check whether we have enough number of events against each unique values of categorical variable.

pd.crosstab(df['admit'], df['position'])

position 1 2 3 4 admit 0 28 97 93 55 1 33 54 28 12

**Number of Missing Values**

We can write a simple loop to figure out the number of blank values in all variables in a dataset.

for i in list(df.columns) :

k = sum(pd.isnull(df[i]))

print(i, k)

In this case, there are no missing values in the dataset.

Logistic Regression is a special type of regression where target variable is categorical in nature and independent variables be discrete or continuous. In this post, we will demonstrate only

**binary logistic regression**which takes only binary values in target variable. Unlike linear regression, logistic regression model returns probability of target variable.It assumes binomial distribution of dependent variable. In other words, it belongs to binomial family.

In python, we can write R-style model formula

**y ~ x1 + x2 + x3**using

**patsy**and

**statsmodels**libraries. In the formula, we need to define variable 'position' as a categorical variable by mentioning it inside capital C(). You can also define reference category using

**reference=**option.

#Reference Category

from patsy import dmatrices, Treatment

y, X = dmatrices('admit ~ gre + gpa + C(position, Treatment(reference=4))', df, return_type = 'dataframe')

It returns two datasets - X and y. The dataset 'y' contains variable admit which is a target variable. The other dataset 'X' contains Intercept (constant value), dummy variables for Treatment, gre and gpa. Since 4 is set as a reference category, it will be 0 against all the three dummy variables. See sample below -

P P_1 P_2 P_3 3 0 0 1 3 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 1 0

**Split Data into two parts**

80% of data goes to training dataset which is used for building model and 20% goes to test dataset which would be used for validating the model.

from sklearn.model_selection import train_test_split

X_train, X_test, y_train, y_test = train_test_split(X, y, test_size=0.2, random_state=0)

**Build Logistic Regression Model**

By default, the

**regression without formula style**does not include intercept. To include it, we already have added

**intercept**in

**X_train**which would be used as a predictor

**.**

#Fit Logit modellogit = sm.Logit(y_train, X_train)result = logit.fit()#Summary of Logistic regression modelresult.summary()result.params

Logit Regression Results ============================================================================== Dep. Variable: admit No. Observations: 320 Model: Logit Df Residuals: 315 Method: MLE Df Model: 4 Date: Sat, 20 May 2017 Pseudo R-squ.: 0.03399 Time: 19:57:24 Log-Likelihood: -193.49 converged: True LL-Null: -200.30 LLR p-value: 0.008627 ======================================================================================= coef std err z P|z| [95.0% Conf. Int.] --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- C(position)[T.1] 1.4933 0.440 3.392 0.001 0.630 2.356 C(position)[T.2] 0.6771 0.373 1.813 0.070 -0.055 1.409 C(position)[T.3] 0.1071 0.410 0.261 0.794 -0.696 0.910 gre 0.0005 0.001 0.442 0.659 -0.002 0.003 gpa 0.4613 0.214 -2.152 0.031 -0.881 -0.041 ======================================================================================

**Confusion Matrix and Odd Ratio**

Odd ratio is exponential value of parameter estimates.

#Confusion Matrix

result.pred_table()

#Odd Ratio

np.exp(result.params)

**Prediction on Test Data**

In this step, we take estimates of logit model which was built on training data and then later apply it into test data.

#prediction on test data

y_pred = result.predict(X_test)

**Calculate Area under Curve (ROC)**

# AUC on test data

false_positive_rate, true_positive_rate, thresholds = roc_curve(y_test, y_pred)

auc(false_positive_rate, true_positive_rate)

**Result :**AUC = 0.6763

**Calculate Accuracy Score**

accuracy_score([ 1 if p > 0.5 else 0 for p in y_pred ], y_test)

Decision trees can have a target variable continuous or categorical. When it is continuous, it is called regression tree. And when it is categorical, it is called classification tree. It selects a variable at each step that best splits the set of values. There are several algorithms to find best split. Some of them are Gini, Entropy, C4.5, Chi-Square. There are several advantages of decision tree. It is simple to use and easy to understand. It requires a very few data preparation steps. It can handle mixed data - both categorical and continuous variables. In terms of speed, it is a very fast algorithm.

#Drop Intercept from predictors for tree algorithms X_train = X_train.drop(['Intercept'], axis = 1) X_test = X_test.drop(['Intercept'], axis = 1) #Decision Tree from sklearn.tree import DecisionTreeClassifier model_tree = DecisionTreeClassifier(max_depth=7) #Fit the model: model_tree.fit(X_train,y_train) #Make predictions on test set predictions_tree = model_tree.predict_proba(X_test) #AUC false_positive_rate, true_positive_rate, thresholds = roc_curve(y_test, predictions_tree[:,1]) auc(false_positive_rate, true_positive_rate)

**Result :**AUC = 0.664

**Important Note**

Feature engineering plays an important role in building predictive models. In the above case, we have not performed variable selection. We can also select best parameters by using grid search fine tuning technique.

**Random Forest Model**

Decision Tree has limitation of overfitting which implies it does not generalize pattern. It is very sensitive to a small change in training data. To overcome this problem, random forest comes into picture. It grows a large number of trees on randomised data. It selects random number of variables to grow each tree. It is more robust algorithm than decision tree. It is one of the most popular machine learning algorithm. It is commonly used in data science competitions. It is always ranked in top 5 algorithms. It has become a part of every data science toolkit.

#Random Forest from sklearn.ensemble import RandomForestClassifier model_rf = RandomForestClassifier(n_estimators=100, max_depth=7) #Fit the model: target = y_train['admit'] model_rf.fit(X_train,target) #Make predictions on test set predictions_rf = model_rf.predict_proba(X_test) #AUC false_positive_rate, true_positive_rate, thresholds = roc_curve(y_test, predictions_rf[:,1]) auc(false_positive_rate, true_positive_rate) #Variable Importance importances = pd.Series(model_rf.feature_importances_, index=X_train.columns).sort_values(ascending=False) print(importances) importances.plot.bar()

**Result :**AUC = 0.6974

**Grid Search - Hyper Parameters Tuning**

The sklearn library makes hyper-parameters tuning very easy. It is a strategy to select the best parameters for an algorithm. In scikit-learn they are passed as arguments to the constructor of the estimator classes. For example, max_features in randomforest. alpha for lasso.

from sklearn.model_selection import GridSearchCV rf = RandomForestClassifier() target = y_train['admit'] param_grid = { 'n_estimators': [100, 200, 300], 'max_features': ['sqrt', 3, 4] } CV_rfc = GridSearchCV(estimator=rf , param_grid=param_grid, cv= 5, scoring='roc_auc') CV_rfc.fit(X_train,target) #Parameters with Scores CV_rfc.grid_scores_ #Best Parameters CV_rfc.best_params_ CV_rfc.best_estimator_ #Make predictions on test set predictions_rf = CV_rfc.predict_proba(X_test) #AUC false_positive_rate, true_positive_rate, thresholds = roc_curve(y_test, predictions_rf[:,1]) auc(false_positive_rate, true_positive_rate)

**Cross Validation**

# Cross Validation

from sklearn.linear_model import LogisticRegression

from sklearn.model_selection import cross_val_predict,cross_val_score

target = y['admit']

prediction_logit = cross_val_predict(LogisticRegression(), X, target, cv=10, method='predict_proba')

#AUC

cross_val_score(LogisticRegression(fit_intercept = False), X, target, cv=10, scoring='roc_auc')

**Data Mining : PreProcessing Steps**

1.

**The machine learning package sklearn requires all categorical variables in numeric form**. Hence, we need to convert all character/categorical variables to be numeric. This can be accomplished using the following script. In sklearn, there is already a function for this step.

from sklearn.preprocessing import LabelEncoder def ConverttoNumeric(df): cols = list(df.select_dtypes(include=['category','object'])) le = LabelEncoder() for i in cols: try: df[i] = le.fit_transform(df[i]) except: print('Error in Variable :'+i) return df ConverttoNumeric(df)

Encoding |

**2. Create Dummy Variables**

Suppose you want to convert categorical variables into dummy variables. It is different to the previous example as it creates dummy variables instead of convert it in numeric form.

productcode_dummy = pd.get_dummies(df["productcode"])

df2 = pd.concat([df, productcode_dummy], axis=1)

The output looks like below -

AA BB 0 1 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 3 0 1 4 0 1 5 0 1

**Create k-1 Categories**

To avoid multi-collinearity, you can set one of the category as reference category and leave it while creating dummy variables. In the script below, we are leaving first category.

productcode_dummy = pd.get_dummies(df["productcode"], prefix='pcode', drop_first=True)

df2 = pd.concat([df, productcode_dummy], axis=1)

**3. Impute Missing Values**

Imputing missing values is an important step of predictive modeling. In many algorithms, if missing values are not filled, it removes complete row. If data contains a lot of missing values, it can lead to huge data loss. There are multiple ways to impute missing values. Some of the common techniques - to replace missing value with mean/median/zero. It makes sense to replace missing value with 0 when 0 signifies meaningful. For example, whether customer holds a credit card product.

**Fill missing values of a particular variable**# fill missing values with 0

df['var1'] = df['var1'].fillna(0)

# fill missing values with mean

df['var1'] = df['var1'].fillna(df['var1'].mean())

**Apply imputation to the whole dataset**

from sklearn.preprocessing import Imputer

# Set an imputer object

mean_imputer = Imputer(missing_values='NaN', strategy='mean', axis=0)

# Train the imputor

mean_imputer = mean_imputer.fit(df)

# Apply imputation

df_new = mean_imputer.transform(df.values)

**4. Outlier Treatment**

There are many ways to handle or treat outliers (or extreme values). Some of the methods are as follows -

- Cap extreme values at 95th / 99th percentile depending on distribution
- Apply log transformation of variables. See below the implementation of log transformation in Python.

import numpy as np

df['var1'] = np.log(df['var1'])

**5. Standardization**

In some algorithms, it is required to standardize variables before running the actual algorithm. Standardization refers to the process of making mean of variable zero and unit variance (standard deviation).

#load dataset

dataset = load_boston()

predictors = dataset.data

target = dataset.target

df = pd.DataFrame(predictors, columns = dataset.feature_names)

#Apply Standardization

from sklearn.preprocessing import StandardScaler

k = StandardScaler()

df2 = k.fit_transform(df)

**Next Steps**

Practice, practice and practice. Download free public data sets from Kaggle / UCLA websites and try to play around with data and generate insights from it with pandas package and build statistical models using sklearn package. I hope you would find this tutorial helpful. I tried to cover all the important topics which beginner must know about Python. Once completion of this tutorial, you can flaunt you know how to program it in Python and you can implement machine learning algorithms using sklearn package.

Hi, excelent tutorial!!! I'm mostly a user of R but want to learn python. The thing is i work a lot with spatial data: spatial relationships (spdep), interpolation (kriging with gstat or multilevel B-Splines with MBA) etc.; and then machine learning methods with the data that comes from spatial features.

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y, X = dmatrices("admit ~ gre + gpa + C(position, Treatment(reference=4))", df, return_type = 'dataframe')

This code generate this error

C, including its class ClassRegistry, has been deprecated since SymPy

1.0. It will be last supported in SymPy version 1.0. Use direct

imports from the defining module instead. See

https://github.com/sympy/sympy/issues/9371 for more info.

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TypeError: 'bool' object is not callable

How can I handle this ?

Thank you

Very useful tutorial, lucidly presented

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