Big data.  Data analytics. Data science. Data processing. Predictive Analytics.

Regardless of what needs to be done or what you call the activity, the first thing you need to now is “how” to analyze data. You also need to have a tool set for analyzing data.

If you work for a large company, you may have a full blown big data suite of tools and systems to assist in your analytics work. Otherwise, you may have nothing but excel and open source tools to perform your analytics activities.

This post and this site is for those of you who don’t have the ‘big data’ systems and suites available to you. On this site, we’ll be talking about using python for data analytics.  I started this blog as a place for me write about working with python for my various data analytics projects.

I hold a Doctorate in Information Systems. The title of my dissertation title was ‘Analysis of Twitter Messages for Sentiment and Insight for use in Stock Market Decision Making‘.  During this research, I analyzed Twitter messages for sentiment and then analyzed that sentiment to determine whether there was any ‘signal’ that could be generated to make better decisions for investing in the stock market.

For my dissertation work, I used python and multiple python modules (NLTK, pandas, numpy, scikit-learn, scipy and many others) for the analysis.  During this time, I spent a lot of time (and money) learning python and the various modules. I read a lot of books and websites, asked plenty of questions on StackOverflow, took quite a few courses in python development and machine learning and set up mentoring relationships with a number of people around the world to help me get to where I needed to be for my research.

Don’t get me wrong…I learned A LOT of things during this time, but there didn’t seem to be any one website / book / person that brought everything together for someone trying to learn data analytics using python. There were great snippets all over the place, but not a single place to go to learn python for data analytics.

I want this website to be that.  I want people to land on this site and find all the material they need to do everything they need to do.  If you can’t find what you need here, let me know and I’ll help you out personally.

Thanks for checking the site out.

Eric D. Brown, D.Sc.