For the past few days I’ve been using the Python data analysis library, or “pandas.” Most of the time I work with Perl, R, and shell scripting. But the Perl/R combination has gotten to be pretty unwieldy recently, and some of my coworkers swear by pandas. So in the interest of firm cohesion I converted to their sect. Honestly it wasn’t hard, as I’ve always enjoyed reading Python code, though I haven’t written much before.
So far I’ve mostly been relying in Wes McKinney’s Python for Data Analysis: Data Wrangling with Pandas, NumPy, and IPython. If Python aficionados have other recommendations, I am open to them.
If I need do to text processing fast & in a pinch, I can still see falling back on Perl. And R is still a great environment to work in, I won’t be uninstalling RStudio anytime soon.