Learn Python for data journalism with a focus on analyzing political campaign finances in this 5-week course offered by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.
Module 0: Hello world In this introductory module, you will learn how to configure your computer to work with Python. Before you can use it analyze data, your computer needs the following tools installed: A command-line interface to interact with your computer The git version control software and a GitHub account Version 2.7 of the Python programming language The pip package manager and virtualenv environment manager for Python A code compiler that can install our heavy-duty analysis tools
Module 1: Hello notebook This week you will learn how to start a new Python analysis project and introduce you to pandas and the Jupyter Notebook. You will use them to draft an elementary data analysis that is clear and reproducible. Creating a new Python workspace with virtualenv Using pip to install the pandas and Jupyter Notebook libraries Creating your first Jupyter Notebook How to write Python code in a Jupyter NotebookImporting the pandas library into the Jupyter Notebook
Module 2: Hello data This week you will download a list of campaign contributors published by the California Civic Data Coalition and load it into a Jupyter Notebook for analysis with pandas. This class will cover: Learning how the money funding campaigns is tracked in the United States Downloading campaign data from the California Civic Data Coalition website Importing structured data files as a DataFrame with pandas’ read_csv method Inspecting DataFrames with pandas’ info and head methods Inspecting and summarizing DataFrame columns with pandas’ value_counts and describe and sum methods
Module 3: Hello analysis This week you will learn how to use pandas to conduct a data analysis and document your work with the Jupyter Notebook. It will cover: Filtering a DataFrame with pandas’ indexing system Merging two DataFrames with pandas’ merge method Sorting a DataFrame with pandas’ sort_values method Aggregating a DataFrame with pandas’ groupby method Using these tools to responsibly navigate and analyze California campaign data
Module 4: Hello Internet This week you will learn how to log changes to your Jupyter Notebook with version-control software and publish your analysis on the Internet. It will cover: The git version control software and its integration with GitHub’s social network How data journalists use GitHub and Jupyter Notebook to publish their work How to use the Markdown markup language to annotate a Jupyter Notebook How to create a new git code repository and start tracking code How to connect the repository to GitHub and publish a Jupyter Notebook