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What is Python?

Python is a general-purpose, open-source programming language used in various software domains, including data science, web development, and gaming. Guido van Rossum released Python in 1991, which has since become one of the most popular programming languages in the world due to its readability and simplicity.

Python code is easy to write and understand, making it an excellent choice for beginners and experienced programmers. It is a universal language with a large and active community who have contributed to developing a wide range of libraries and frameworks for specific tasks.

Python is also supported by many tools and platforms, such as Jupyter Notebook, making it a popular choice for data science and machine learning projects.

Popular Python packages include:

  • NumPy: provides an extensive collection of functions for scientific computing.

  • Pandas: perfect for data manipulation.

  • Matplotlib: the standard library for data visualization.

  • Scikit-learn: a library in Python that provides many machine learning algorithms.

  • Pytorch/TensorFlow: Widely used frameworks for deep learning

This article was written by Mercy Chebet of the HURU School Data Science Class

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