Free Online Course on Introduction to Python for Data Science

Microsoft is offering free online course on Introduction to Python for Data Science. The ability to analyze data with Python is critical in data science. Learn the basics, and move on to create stunning visualizations.

In this six-week course applicants will explore Python language fundamentals, including basic syntax, variables, and types. The course will start on August 1, 2016.

Course At A Glance

Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 2-4 hours/week
Subject: Data Analysis & Statistics
Institution: Microsoft and edX
Languages: English
Price:  Free
Certificate Available: Yes. Verified Certificate for $49
Session:  Starts on August 1, 2016 – Self-Paced

Providers’ Details

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About This Course

Python is a very powerful programming language used for many different applications. Over time, the huge community around this open source language has created quite a few tools to efficiently work with Python. In recent years, a number of tools have been built specifically for data science. As a result, analyzing data with Python has never been easier.

In this practical course, you will start from the very beginning, with basic arithmetic and variables, and learn how to handle data structures, such as Python lists, Numpy arrays, and Pandas DataFrames. Along the way, you’ll learn about Python functions and control flow. Plus, you’ll look at the world of data visualizations with Python and create your own stunning visualizations based on real data.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore Python language fundamentals, including basic syntax, variables, and types
  • Create and manipulate regular Python lists
  • Use functions and import packages
  • Build Numpy arrays and perform interesting calculations
  • Create and customize plots on real data
  • Supercharge your scripts with control flow, and get to know the Pandas DataFrame

Instructors

Filip Schouwenaars

Filip is the main course developer behind many of DataCamp’s interactive courses.

Course Format

Section 1: Python Basics
Section 2: Python Lists
Section 3: Functions and Packages
Section 4: Numpy
Section 5: Matplotlib
Section 6: Control flow and Pandas

Requirements

Some experience in working with data from Excel, databases, or text files.

How To Join This Course

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  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
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