Data Science Fundamentals with R, Python, and Open Data

Data Science Fundamentals with R, Python, and Open Data

 Organized with a strong focus on open data, Data Science Fundamentals with R, Python, and Open Data discusses concepts, techniques, tools, and first steps to carry out data science projects, with a focus on Python and RStudio, reflecting a clear industry trend emerging towards the integration of the two. The text examines intricacies and inconsistencies often found in real data, explaining how to recognize them and guiding readers through possible solutions, and enables readers to handle real data confidently and apply transformations to reorganize, indexing, aggregate, and elaborate.

 This book is full of reader interactivity, with a companion website hosting supplementary material including datasets used in the examples and complete running code (R scripts and Jupyter notebooks) of all examples. Exam-style questions are implemented and multiple choice questions to support the readers’ active learning. Each chapter presents one or more case studies.

 Written by a highly qualified academic, Data Science Fundamentals with R, Python, and Open Data discuss sample topics such as:

  • Data organization and operations on data frames, covering reading CSV dataset and common errors, and slicing, creating, and deleting columns in R
  • Logical conditions and row selection, covering selection of rows with logical condition and operations on dates, strings, and missing values
  • Pivoting operations and wide form-long form transformations, indexing by groups with multiple variables, and indexing by group and aggregations
  • Conditional statements and iterations, multicolumn functions and operations, data frame joins, and handling data in list/dictionary format

 Data Science Fundamentals with R, Python, and Open Data is a highly accessible learning resource for students from heterogeneous disciplines where Data Science and quantitative, computational methods are gaining popularity, along with hard sciences not closely related to computer science, and medical fields using stochastic and quantitative models.

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