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PyCon 2014 Scikit-learn Tutorial

Note: for updated tutorial content, please see

Instructor: Jake VanderPlas

This repository will contain files and other info associated with my PyCon 2014 scikit-learn tutorial.


The video is available on PyVideo: Exploring Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn

Installation Notes

This tutorial will require recent installations of numpy, scipy, matplotlib, scikit-learn, and ipython with ipython notebook. The last one is important: you should be able to type

ipython notebook

in your terminal window and see the notebook panel load in your web browser. Because Python 3 compatibility is still being ironed-out for these packages (we're getting close, I promise!) participants should plan to use Python 2.6 or 2.7 for this tutorial.

For users who do not yet have these packages installed, a relatively painless way to install all the requirements is to use a package such as Anaconda, which can be downloaded and installed for free.

Downloading the Tutorial Materials

I would highly recommend using git, not only for this tutorial, but for the general betterment of your life. Once git is installed, you can clone the material in this tutorial by using the git address shown above:

git clone git://

If you can't or don't want to install git, there is a link above to download the contents of this repository as a zip file. I may make minor changes to the repository in the days before the tutorial, however, so cloning the repository is a much better option.

Notebook Listing

These notebooks in this repository can be statically viewed using the excellent nbviewer site. They will not be able to be modified within nbviewer. To modify them, first download the tutorial repository, change to the notebooks directory, and type ipython notebook. You should see the list in the ipython notebook launch page in your web browser.

Note that some of the code in these notebooks will not work outside the directory structure of this tutorial, so it is important to clone the full repository if possible.


Repository containing files for my PyCon 2014 scikit-learn tutorial.




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