Getting results vs Understanding

Alexander Pope is famously quoted as saying: A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again. I've been thinking about these words the past few days as I worked on my latest challenge: a text classifier using... Continue Reading →

Learn Python Challenge on Kaggle

I signed up for this 7-day challenge to test my knowledge, and it's been an absolute delight! As a newbie, when I find myself on StackOverflow reading discussions about "the most Pythonic way" to do something, I usually feel a bit left out... I'll just be happy if I can do it any darned way... Continue Reading →

Small simple datasets for practising

It's all very well downloading complex datasets from Kaggle and similar sources to play with - they're amazing for learners because the data is always less clean than you would have hoped, more complex than you anticipated, and every bit as interesting as promised. BUT if you're learning a new concept it's easier to have... Continue Reading →

GeoPandas – a detailed example

Dear World, Please send me more geographical data to plot so I can keep on using GeoPandas... Love from Sho't Left I can't believe how much fun this library is! So my goal was to find a way to map assessment ratings by region, showing the overall result for the region, as well as the... Continue Reading →

Which districts are my cities located in?

GeoPandas gets more and more exciting as the day wears on :). I've just discovered how ridiculously easy it is to take a set of cities and relate them to their corresponding districts, states or provinces and then plot the outcomes. Fanfare for... the marvellous GeoPandas spatial join! Here's a quick how-to guide to setting... Continue Reading →

GeoPandas Basics

Today's assignment - learn how GeoPandas can help me with data visualizations. Having fallen in love with Pandas this really did seem like the next logical step, and once you understand the principles behind it - which are actually quite nicely documented, then things flow quite logically. This is just the basics of course, but... Continue Reading →

Data mapping challenge

For the past month or so I've been working away at something that in hindsight looks deceptively simple - but nonetheless taught me loads of new techniques along the way: I wanted to plot data on a map in such a way that it would reflect ratings by province, taking into account the number of... Continue Reading →

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