In this post we will learn how to **reverse** pandas dataframe. We start by changing the first column with the last column and continue with reversing the order completely. After we have learned how to do that we continue by reversing the order of the rows. That is, pandas data frame can be reversed such that the last column becomes the first or such that the last row becomes the first.

# Month: January 2016

Spyder is the **best Python IDE** that I have tested so far for doing **data analysis,** but also for plain programming. In this post I will start to briefly describe the IDE. Following the description of this top IDE the text will continue with a discussion of my favorite features. You will also find out how to install Spyder on Ubuntu 14.04 and at the end of the post you will find a comparison of Rodeo (a newer IDE more RStudio like) and Spyder.

When I started programming in Python I used IDLE which is the IDE that you will get with your installation of Python (e.g., on Windows computers). I actually used IDLE IDE for some time. It was not until I started to learn R and found RStudio IDE. I thought that RStudio was great (and it still is!). However, after learning R and RStudio I started to look for a better Python IDE.

The aim of this post is to show you why you, as a psychology student or researcher (or any other kind researcher or student) should learn to program. The post is structured as follows. First I start with discussing why you should learn programming and then give some examples when programming skills are useful. I continue to suggest two programming languages that I think all Psychology students and researchers should learn.

**Good resources** for learning R as a Psychologist are hard to find. By that I mean that there are so many great sites and blogs around the internet to learn R. Thus, it may be hard to find learning resources that targets Psychology researchers.

Recently I wrote about 4 **good R books** targeted for **Psychology students** and researchers (i.e., R books for Psychologists). There are, however, of course other good resources for Psychological researchers to learn **R programming**.

Therefore, this post will list some of the **best blogs** and **sites** to learn R. The post will be divided into two categories; **general **and Psychology focused R sites and blogs. For those who are not familiar with R I will start with a brief introduction on what R is (if you know R already; click here to skip to the links).

## What is R?

R is a **free **and** open source **programming language and environment. **Data analysis** in R is carried out by writing **scripts** and **functions**. Finally, R is a complete, interactive, and object-oriented language.

In R statistical environment you are able to carry out a variety of statistical and graphical techniques. For instance, linear and nonlinear modeling, classical statistical tests, time-series analysis, classification, and many more can be carried using both frequentist and Bayesian paradigms.

You may want to start with R commander. It provides a menu which may make learning R a bit easier at the beginning. R can be downloaded here: The Comprehensive R Archive Network.

## R resources

One of the main things that I like with R is the broad and helpful community. This also means that there are many good resources for learning the language.

I recently wrote a post on the RStudio like Python IDE Rodeo (RStudio-like Python IDEs – Rodeo and Spyder). In that post, I installed and…

In this post I will discuss two **Python** **Integrated Development Environments (IDE)**; **Rodeo** and **Spyder**. Both Python IDEs might be useful for researchers used to work with **R** and **RStudio** (a very good and popular IDE for R) because they offer similar functionalities and graphical interfaces as RStudio. That is, Rodeo and Spyder can both be seen as the RStudio for Python.