An introduction to Python for non-programmers using inflammation data.
This lesson teaches novice programmers to write modular code to perform data analysis using Python. The emphasis, however, is on teaching language-agnostic principles of programming such as automation with loops and encapsulation with functions, see Best Practices for Scientific Computing and Good enough practices in scientific computing to learn more.
The example used in this lesson analyses a set of 12 files with simulated inflammation data collected from a trial for a new treatment for arthritis. Learners are shown how it is better to automate analysis using functions instead of repeating analysis steps manually.
The rendered version of the lesson is available at: https://swcarpentry.github.io/python-novice-inflammation/.
|1||Python Fundamentals||30||What basic data types can I work with in Python?
How can I create a new variable in Python?
Can I change the value associated with a variable after I create it?
|2||Analyzing Patient Data||60||How can I process tabular data files in Python?|
|3||Visualizing Tabular Data||50||How can I visualize tabular data in Python?
How can I group several plots together?
|4||Storing Multiple Values in Lists||30||How can I store many values together?|
|5||Repeating Actions with Loops||30||How can I do the same operations on many different values?|
|6||Analyzing Data from Multiple Files||20||How can I do the same operations on many different files?|
|7||Making Choices||30||How can my programs do different things based on data values?|
|8||Creating Functions||30||How can I define new functions?
What’s the difference between defining and calling a function?
What happens when I call a function?
|9||Errors and Exceptions||30||How does Python report errors?
How can I handle errors in Python programs?
|10||Defensive Programming||30||How can I make my programs more reliable?|
|11||Debugging||30||How can I debug my program?|
|12||Command-Line Programs||30||How can I write Python programs that will work like Unix command-line tools?|
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