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review 2016-01-19 00:11
Python Data Analytics
Python Data Analytics - Fabio Nelli

This book is not terrible but it could have been a lot better. The English is poor (the author is Italian, I think - certainly not a native English speaker, anyway) which makes it harder to follow what's going on - though not impossible. But here's the real problem; I am still spending more time looking things up online than in either of the two books on Python I have. This, to me, means they can't be good. By contrast, Mastering Matlab 7 by Duane C. Hanselman and Bruce Littlefield, is excellent and my copy is showing signs of imminent collapse through heavy use.

 

What's the difference? Total information content and it's presentation. The Matlab book contains vastly more info and much of it is concentrated in tables. My copy has a profusion of little post-it notes marking pages with reference tables that I use frequently. These are conspicuous by their absence in Python Data Analytics, except in the case of a  comprehensive appendix on Latex codes for use in plot annotation.

 

My search for a decent Python/SciKit reference goes on.

 

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review 2016-01-18 00:00
Python Data Analytics
Python Data Analytics - Fabio Nelli

This book is not terrible but it could have been a lot better. The English is poor (the author is Italian, I think - certainly not a native English speaker, anyway) which makes it harder to follow what's going on - though not impossible. But here's the real problem; I am still spending more time looking things up online than in either of the two books on Python I have. This, to me, means they can't be good. By contrast, Mastering MATLAB 7 by Duane C. Hanselman, is excellent and my copy is showing signs of imminent collapse through heavy use.

What's the difference? Total information content and it's presentation. The Matlab book contains vastly more info and much of it is concentrated in tables. My copy has a profusion of little post-it notes marking pages with reference tables that I use frequently. These are conspicuous by their absence in Python Data Analytics, except in the case of a comprehensive appendix on Latex codes for use in plot annotation.

My search for a decent Python/SciKit reference goes on.

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text 2015-12-24 10:50
Reading progress update: I've read 103 out of 364 pages.
Python Data Analytics - Fabio Nelli

So if I've got this right it might be possible to create my own class of objects which apparently index from 1 instead of from 0.

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text 2015-12-23 17:20
Reading progress update: I've read 64 out of 364 pages.
Python Data Analytics - Fabio Nelli

The poor English is annoying but there's good info here, including finding something that's an improvement on Matlab(!) - namely being able to split variables into multiple variables and assign names to them in one line. On the other hand, this views vs. copies thing is a pita...

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text 2015-12-21 17:14
Reading progress update: I've read 34 out of 364 pages.
Python Data Analytics - Fabio Nelli

Somewhat poor English (the author is not a native speaker) makes this somewhat harder to follow than it should be. It's not unintelligible, though. Probably not a good book for a total beginner programmer.

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