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Web Scraping with Python

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This workshop will provide an overview of how to scrape data from html pages and website APIs using Python. This will mostly be accomplished using the Python requests, beautifulsoup, retry modules and the browser developer tools. The workshop is intended for users with basic Python knowledge. Anaconda Python 3.5 will be used.

Web Scraping with Python

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This workshop will provide an overview of how to scrape data from html pages and website APIs using Python. This will mostly be accomplished using the Python requests, beautifulsoup, retry modules and the browser developer tools. The workshop is intended for users with basic Python knowledge. Anaconda Python 3.5 will be used.

Classification, Regression and Model Selection using Python’s Scikit-learn

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This workshop will introduce participants to machine learning in Python. We’ll start with a brief explanation of Anaconda and the Jupyter notebook environment (although not required for the participant, the instructor will be using these tools). After an introduction to classification, regression and model selection, we’ll use a couple of example datasets to demonstrate how to create, apply and evaluate models in Scikit-learn. Although not required, we recommend all participants to have a basic knowledge of Python.

Data Processing in Python using Pandas

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This workshop will introduce participants to Python’s Pandas. We’ll start with a brief explanation of Anaconda and the Jupyter notebook environment (although not required for the participant, the instructor will be using these tools). After a brief introduction to main Python’s standard data types as well as Pandas data structures, we’ll demonstrate how to retrieve information from Pandas Series and DataFrames. We’ll also demonstrate basic input/output, selection, dropping, sorting, ranking, grouping and apply operations.  Although not required, we recommend all participants to have a basic knowledge of Python.

Intro to Natural Language Processing with Python

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This workshop will provide a quick overview of natural language processing using Python. We’ll cover the basics. Segmenting text into tokens, assigning part-of-speech, assigning dependency labels, detecting and labeling named-entities. We’ll also cover sentiment analysis, topic modelling and maybe some visualizations. The workshop will be conducted in Python and is intended for users with basic Python programming knowledge. Anaconda Python 3.5 and a Jupyter Notebook will be used.

Parallel Processing with Python

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Modern computers have a CPU with multiple cores (usually between 4-8). Come learn how to take advantage of them to parallelize and speed up your code. We’ll show you how to structure your code so you can parallelize it in 5 lines or less. We will also cover some theory, a few practical considerations along with some basic exercises. We’ll be using the multiprocessing module in Python. The workshop is intended for users with basic Python knowledge. The workshop assumes you know how to do the following in Python: i) write a for loop, ii) write a function that has inputs and outputs.  Anaconda Python 3.5 will be used.

Web Scraping with Python

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This workshop will provide an overview of how to scrape data from html pages and website APIs using Python. This will mostly be accomplished using the requests, beautifulsoup, and retry modules with the browser developer tools. The workshop is intended for users with basic Python knowledge. Anaconda Python 3.5 will be used.

Pandas Dataframes: Data Processing and Visualization in Python

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This workshop will delve into common data processing and exploration techniques. We will use Pandas to perform data exploration in Python. Among others, we’ll demonstrate how to load data files, sort data, group variables, merge/join datasets and create common plots. Although not required, we recommend all participants to have a basic knowledge of Python.

Regular Expressions II

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Regular expressions are perfectly suited for people who like puzzles. Regular expressions are a sequence of characters used to define a search pattern. They are commonly used to do “find” and “find and replace” string operations. They are also used to validate strings like phone numbers, passwords, etc. in data entry. Regular expression capabilities can be found in a variety of programming languages and software like ArcGIS, Java, Javascript, Matlab, Perl, PHP, Python, R, Visual Basic, etc. and some text editors. This workshop is part II of a two-part series and will cover more advanced topics like captured groups, backreferences and assertions. The workshop will consist of hands-on example problems. Basic understanding of regular expressions is required. You should be able to understand expressions like “w{3,}-d{1,2}-d{4}“ and “des*ert?s?”. The tutorials will be conducted using Python. A basic programming background is helpful but not required for this workshop.

Mini-course: Introduction to Python — Sept. 11-14

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Asst. Prof. Emanuel Gull, Physics, is offering a mini-course introducing the Python programming language in a four-lecture series. Beginners without any programming experience as well as programmers who usually use other languages (C, C++, Fortran, Java, …) are encouraged to come; no prior knowledge of programming languages is required!

For the first two lectures we will mostly follow the book Learning Python. This book is available at our library. An earlier edition (with small differences, equivalent for all practical purposes) is available as an e-book. The second week will introduce some useful python libraries: numpyscipymatplotlib.

At the end of the first two weeks you will know enough about Python to use it for your grad class homework and your research.

Special meeting place: we will meet in 340 West Hall on Monday September 11 at 5 PM.

Please bring a laptop computer along to follow the exercises!

Syllabus (Dates & Location for Fall 2017)

  1. Monday September 11 5:00 – 6:30 PM: Welcome & Getting Started (hello.py). Location: 340 West Hall
  2. Tuesday September 12 5:00 – 6:30 PM: Numbers, Strings, Lists, Dictionaries, Tuples, Functions, Modules, Control flow. Location: 335 West Hall
  3. Wednesday September 13 5:00 – 6:30 PM: Useful Python libraries (part I): numpy, scipy, matplotlib. Location: 335 West Hall
  4. Thursday September 14 5:00 – 6:30 PM: Useful Python libraries (part 2): 3d plotting in matplotlib and exercises. Location: 335 West Hall

For more information: https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/gull-lab/teaching/physics-514-fall-2017/introduction-to-python/