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Hong Kong Baptist University Library Research Data Tools Series Workshop 2019

Basics in Python programming and data exploration

This repository stores the slides and code examples for a mini workshop on Basic Python programming for data exploration (Event webpage) held at HKBU Library, 10 April 2019.

event poster

About the workshop

This 2-hour lightening workshop makes a whirlwind tour of basics in Python programming. It also introduces several Python data analytics packages such as Pandas and Matplotlib, and their application in preliminary data exploration and visualization. Workshop participants are required to bring with their own laptops for installation and hands-on exercises. Topics include package installation, program execution, as well as data processing, and what this workshop tries to convey as "problem-driven data visualization and data-driven exploration."


  1. Python and its involvement with data science
  2. Data processing (from raw data to consistent data)
  3. Data exploration (EDA)
    • Knowing your data and basic descriptive statistics
    • Univariate (unidimensional) and bivariate (two-way) data visualization
    • Multivariate (multidimensional) problem-driven data visualization and data-driven exploration
  4. Python: a baby step


  1. The Slide
  2. The Notebook for data processing
  3. The Notebook for data exploration

About the facilitator

Dr Xinzhi ZHANG (M.A. & Ph.D., City University of Hong Kong) is a Research Assistant Professor at JOUR. His research interests include comparative political communication, emerging technologies and social change, digital humanities, and data-driven journalism. His research works have been published on journals such as Computers in Human Behavior, International Political Science Review, and Digital Journalism. He teaches several interdisciplinary courses such as Social Media Data Acquisition and Processing with Python (Course Repo), AI for Digital Communication, and Algorithmic Culture. He is the Director of the Data and Media Communication Concentration at JOUR, and the Director of Master Science in AI and Digital Media.


The codes in this notebook are modified from various sources, including the official tutorial and tutorial 01. Miss He Can and Mr Xu Chen, both from the Department of Computer Science at Hong Kong Baptist University, helped to fine tune and test the codes. All codes are for educational purposes only and released under the MIT licence.


This is a mini workshop on Python and data exploration in HKBU Library on 10 Apr 2019




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