What’s the big deal about Python?

In research and data analysis, a lot of work is routine and repetitive. This is the perfect place for automation: where we tell our computers to do things. How? We write instructions that computers understand—or “programming.” Why Would I Learn Programming at All? Programming is a skill. With it, you can accomplish a lot more in your research. Many scientific projects that require a lot of human labor can be done quickly with a computer program—as long as the task is routine and repetitive. Web scraping and visualization tools can be used (and re-used) with a few lines written on your computer. If you conduct scientific experiments and collect quantitative or qualitative data, you can use programming to run statistical analyses efficiently, reproducibly, and error free. Why Python? Different programming softwares (i.e. “languages”)…

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