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Beginner’s Python for Data Analysis

Date(s) - 08/10/2020 - 09/10/2020
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Leeds Institute for Data Analytics



This 2-day course will introduce you to some basic data analytics skills in Python, and is aimed at novices with day 1 introducing the basics of Python programming including data types, packages, data cleaning, data exploration and visualisation, as well as some basic data manipulation and statistics. We take a practical approach and aim to get you starting coding early, with short explanations followed by practical exercises to work through. At the end of day 1 we will also help you get started with using Python on your own machine, so it is preferable that you bring your own laptop with you.

Day 2 will build on the skills learnt in day 1 and introduce spatial data analytics including visualisation, spatial manipulations and some basic spatial analysis. The afternoon of day 2 gives you the opportunity to put your newfound python data analytic skills into practice in a supported environment. Using either your own data or an example dataset from the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC). We also aim to help you get started with GitHub in order to effectively save and manage versions of your code.


Course Tutor

Francesca Pontin is an ESRC funded PhD student in the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics. She is interested in spatial determinants of health and the use of secondary big data sources, and her work focuses on the use of smartphone health app data in measuring population physical activity and spatial influences on activity levels. She has previously run introductory courses for the Leeds University Data Science Society, for students keen to broaden their coding and data analytics skill sets.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand and work with the different data types in Python.
  • Run different Python IDEs on your own machine and understand how to update versions and packages, as well as package dependencies.
  • Conduct basic data explorations and manipulations to prepare data for analysis
  • Produce a wide range of data visualisations, both spatial and non-spatial and understand how to produce an effective visualisation.
  • Load, read in, manipulate and analyse spatial datasets


Is this course for me?

This course is for researchers who want to start looking at data analysis in Python. Day 1 of the course will assume that your knowledge of Python is zero, whereas day 2 will develop on knowledge gained in day 1 and apply this to spatial data visualisation and analysis. Please bring your own laptop with you.

Day 1 only:

£70 – Students
£150 – Academic, public and charitable sector
£350 – Other

Day 2 only:

£70 – Students
£150 – Academic, public and charitable sector
£350 – Other

Both days:

£120 – Students
£250 – Academic, public and charitable sector
£650 – Other



Day 1

09.00: registration opens

09:30-10.45: What is Python, the basics? Exercise 1: Getting started

10.45-11.00: Coffee break

11.00-12.30: Using and exploring data. Exercise 2: Reading in Data, data types, summarising data

12.30-13.15: Lunch

13.15-14.30: Data Visualisation. Exercise 3: different methods of data visualisation

14.30-14.45: Coffee break

14.45-16.00: Getting started with Python on your machine: Exercise 4

16.00-17.00: Data manipulation and statistical analysis. Exercise 5


Day 2

09.00: Registration opens

09.30-10.45: Spatial data visualisation Exercise 6

10.45-11.00: Coffee Break

11.00-12.30: Spatial data analysis Exercise 7

12.30-13.30: Lunch

13.30-14.45: Putting it into practice: Own data or one of two examples

14.45-15.00: Coffee break

15.00-16.30: Putting it into Practice cont.


Further Information

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. For further information about this course please contact Kylie Norman.