IMPRS-gBGC course 'Python' 2018

Category: Skill course
Credit points: 0.2 CP per course day


1.  General information

Date: November 26-30, 2018
Starting time: 10.00 am
Approximate end: 3.00 pm (except the first day which will end by noon)
Place: B0.002, MPI for Biogeochemistry, Jena
Instructors: Jacob Nelson, Sujan Koirala


2.  Concept

This course addresses everybody who is interested in learning Python from scratch. The course is organized in three parts: "Basics" on day one and two, "Advanced Analysis with Python" on day three and "Data Visualisation" on day four. Please sign up for the modules that are of interest for you. If you have any question ie. regarding the level of detail feel free to address the instructors.


3.  Agenda

November 26Overview of commonly used programming languages
10:00 amIntroduction to Python, R, MATLAB and Julia
November 27Basics
10:00 am

Installation and package management

  • Python 2 vs. 3
  • Installation
  • Package management with Anaconda
    • Environments
  • Integrated development environment - spyder

Data types

  • Integers, floats, strings, boolean
  • Lists and dictionaries
  • Arrays
  • Data Cubes
November 28Basics
10:00 am

Structure of a Python Program

  • Writing first code
  • Good practices
  • Writing your own module
  • Adding your programs to the Python path


  • Read data
  • Save data

Mathematical operations in NumPy

  • Arrays
  • Matrices
  • Masks
November 29Advanced Analysis with Python
10:00 am
  • Statistical Analysis
    • SciPy
  • Machine Learning
    • Scikit Learn
  • Pandas
November 30Data Visualisation
10:00 am
  • MatPlotLib
    • Lines and Scatters
    • Maps
  • Interactive Visualization
    • Bokeh
  • Structure of a figure



4.  What you need to prepare

Bring a laptop.
Please also make sure that you can access the internet via WLAN (BGC-users, if you have a BGC-account; BGC-guests, if you don't have an account)


5.  Material

Python in Earth Science


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