Setting things up

Surely, as someone interested in data, you already have Excel on your computer or know how to use Google worksheet.

Let’s set up your coding environment now. I am just going to give you the general idea, not detailed step by step instructions. You can find those elsewhere on the internet.

First of all download Anaconda and install it. Once you have it installed, fire it up and see if you can see “Spyder” in the home screen. If you see the “Install” button instead of the “Launch” button, just click that to install it. Do the same for “JupyterLab” and “Notebook”.

Next, click on “Environments” button on the left and in the drop-down make sure you select “All”. Probably a good idea to hit the “Update index” button at this point to update the list.

Once you have updated the index is, using the search box, find the following modules and install them.

  • Pandas
  • Numpy
  • Scikit-learn
  • Tensorflow
  • Keras
  • Matplotlib (for visualisation)
  • Seaborn (for statistical visualisation)

It’s possible that some of the modules are already installed, use the checkboxes to select the ones that aren’t.

Once these are installed, you are all set for coding. Head back to “Home” and launch Spyder.

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