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Practicing Coding Interview Questions in Python

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Overview

Prepare for your next coding interviews in Python.

Coding interviews can be challenging. You might be asked questions to test your knowledge of a programming language. On the other side, you can be given a task to solve in order to check how you think. And when you are interviewed for a data scientist position, it's likely you can be asked on the corresponding tools available for the language. In either of the cases, to get a cool position as a data scientist, you need to do a little work to perform the best. That's why it's very important to practice in order to prove your expertise! This course serves as a guide for those who just start their path to become a professional data scientist and as a refresher for those who seek for other opportunities. We'll go through fundamental as well as advanced topics that aim to prepare you for a coding interview in Python. Since it is not a normal step-by-step course, some exercises can be quite complex. But who said that interviews are easy to pass, right?

Syllabus

Python Data Structures and String Manipulation
-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.

Iterable objects and representatives
-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.

Functions and lambda expressions
-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.

Python for scientific computing
-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.

Taught by

Kirill Smirnov

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