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- Spyder : a scientific Python IDE. I do most of my scripting work on this. It is a very complete tool ; I really like the fact that I am able to see my scripts, the code outline, the console (either the interpreter or the IPython console) and the variables declared in the current environment in a single window.
- WinPython : because Spyder is quite a b**** to install on its own, I get it from this distribution. Plus it comes pre-loaded with the main scientific modules which is very nice (NumPy, SciPy, Matplotlib, Pandas etc.).
- Python Tools for Visual Studio : if you want to use visual studio as your Python IDE, that’s what you need. I don’t use VS often, but I find it usefull for debuging large structures or when I need to test applications between different environments. It’s also a good pick if you have to debug python and c++ code in parallel.
- Unofficial windows binaries for Python modules : it’s often difficult to find or install modules compatible with your system. Well if you find yourself in such a situation, that’s where you want to look for.
- NumPy module : used to efficiently manipulate large multi-dimensional array and scientific computing.
- SciPy : a sibling of numpy and matplotlib, scipy add an extra layer of magic to these by providing additional scientific routines (integrals computing, differential equations solving etc.).
- Pandas : THE module for structured data and time series manipulations and computations.
- Matplotlib : the go-to module for your plotting needs.
- scikit-learn : extremely complete machine learning module. It comes with a very extensive documentation, great examples and various datasets for you to train on.
- Lifelines : survival analysis on Python (comes with very straightforward plotting methods).
- Pybrain: a highly customizable neural network library for Python
- Download R
- RStudio : a great open source IDE. They also have a web framework called shiny now with which you can create interactive online reports or visualizations using R. I haven’t used it yet but I’m looking forward to !
- R-bloggers.com : the R community is very active so it’s always interesting to keep up with the last packages or functionalities. They also have a lot of good tutorials.
- Machine learning with R : you want to use a specific machine learning algorithm with R but don’t know which package to use ? Start here.
- ggplot2 : I’m not sure but I think matplotlib was inspired by the ggplot2 package. That’s how good it is !
- statmethods.net : as the name might suggest, you will find here simple examples explaining how to implement the most common statistical analysis using R.