Sessions at EuroPython 2011 about Scientific Computing on Wednesday 22nd June

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  • Python(x,y): diving into scientific Python

    by Vincent Noel

    This training session will introduce the Python scientific stack to beginner or intermediate-level Python programmers. The basics of scientific programming with Python will be presented:
    - creation of arrays and structured arrays using numpy
    - fast, loopless manipulation of numpy arrays through fancy indexing and vectorized functions
    - convenient saving/loading of array variables using numpy
    - improved interactive use through ipython
    - data analysis using various scipy modules (signal analysis, image classification, etc)
    - plotting large time series, histograms, scatterplots, images etc. using matplotlib
    - saving/loading large datasets in structured scientific formats such as netCDF, HDF (depending on interest)

    These concepts will be used in coding exercises, in the programming environnement provided by the python(x,y) distribution, which is freely downloadable and includes recent versions of Python, numpy and matplotlib. The Python(x,y) distribution runs on Windows, which will be the OS of choice for this session.

    No prior knowledge of scientific programmation using Python is required. A minimum understanding of Python programmation is required.

    Attendees should bring their own laptops to the session. They should download and install the Python(x,y) distribution prior to the session, even though they might be able to do so during the session itself.

    At 9:00am to 1:00pm, Wednesday 22nd June