In this chapter, we'll refresh our knowledge of the main data structures used in Python. We'll cover how to deal with lists, tuples, sets, and dictionaries. We'll also consider strings and how to write regular expressions to retrieve specific character sequences from a given text.
This chapter focuses on iterable objects. We'll refresh the definition of iterable objects and explain, how to identify one. Next, we'll cover list comprehensions, which is a very special feature of Python programming language to define lists. Then, we'll recall how to combine several iterable objects into one. Finally, we'll cover how to create custom iterable objects using generators.
This chapter will focus on the functional aspects of Python. We'll start by defining functions with a variable amount of positional as well as keyword arguments. Next, we'll cover lambda functions and in which cases they can be helpful. Especially, we'll see how to use them with such functions as map(), filter(), and reduce(). Finally, we'll recall what is recursion and how to correctly implement one.
This chapter will cover topics on scientific computing in Python. We'll start by explaining the difference between NumPy arrays and lists. We'll define why the former ones suit better for complex calculations. Next, we'll cover some useful techniques to manipulate with pandas DataFrames. Finally, we'll do some data visualization using scatterplots, histograms, and boxplots.