Setting up your computer for Data Science

ajibsbaba profile image Ajibade Samuel ・1 min read

Before you start this I'd recommend that you use Linux or the Macintosh operating system for data science as it a better option than using Microsoft Windows

  • Install Anaconda There's usually a controversy between using Anaconda or Pypi for data science based on experience and research I have found that Anaconda is a better option because virtual environments are built directly into it and its compatibility with R.
  • After downloading the file from the official website https://www.anaconda.com/distribution/
  • Navigate to the directory
  • Run the installation with "bash " and follow the on-screen prompts

  • Install common python packages for Data Science
    For macOS or Linux anaconda's virtual environment is activated using the following command :
    conda activate
    and it is deactivated using the following command :
    conda deactivate

  • Jupyter Notebook

Jupyter Notebook is a tool for doing interactive data science work in your browser. Jupyter notebook is activated in your bash terminal

  • Type the following command jupyter notebook . A browser window will open, showing the Juptyer environment. By default, you will be in a file browser view. In the file browser, find where you have a Jupyter notebook. If you don't have materials for a course or tutorial that you have downloaded, you can download this fun Jupyter notebook and then open it in the file browser. Click on one of the notebooks (*.ipynb) files to get started!

  • To stop Jupyter notebook:
    Ctrl+c is used to stop the Jupyter notebook server running on your machine.

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The total setup should have both Anaconda and R with RStudio. ;))