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Category: Python

Python programming related stuff

In the posts in this category you will find Python scripts. Python is said to be one of the easiest programming language to learn. Learning one language will also make it easier to learn another, much more advanced, one. As a Bachelor student in the cognitive science programme I got to take Python courses. However, it was not before I started my Ph.D years that I realized how much use I had because I knew some programming.

For a psychology researcher Python might be ideal since it is relatively easy to learn and there is a huge Python community to get help from. How to build experiments using free and open-source tools such as PsychoPy, OpenSesame, Expyriment, and PyEPL is, for instance, something you could find in this category.

How to Get the Column Names from a Pandas Dataframe – Print and List

In this short post, we will learn 6 methods to get the column names from Pandas dataframe. One of the nice things about Pandas dataframes is that each column will have a name (i.e., the variables in the dataset). Now, we can use these names to access specific columns by name without having to know which column number it is.

To access the names of a Pandas dataframe, we can the method columns(). For example, if our dataframe is called df we just type print(df.columns) to get all the columns of the pandas dataframe.

How to Plot a Histogram with Pandas in 3 Simple Steps

In this post, we are going to learn how to plot histograms with Pandas in Python. Specifically, we are going to learn 3 simple steps to make a histogram with Pandas. Now, plotting a histogram is a good way to explore the distribution of our data.

Note, in the end of this post there’s a YouTube tutorial explaining the simple steps to plot a Histogram with Pandas.


First of all, and quite obvious, we need to have Python 3.x and Pandas installed to be able to create a histogram with Pandas. Now, Python and Pandas will be installed if we have a scientific Python distribution, such as Anaconda or ActivePython, installed. On the other hand, Pandas can be installed, as many Python packages, using Pip: pip install pandas.

Random Forests (and Extremely) in Python with scikit-learn

In this guest post, you will learn by example how to do two popular machine learning techniques called random forest and extremely random forests. In fact, this post is an excerpt (adapted to the blog format) from the forthcoming Artificial Intelligence with Python – Second Edition: Your Complete Guide to Building Intelligent Apps using Python 3.x and TensorFlow 2. Now, before you will learn how to carry out random forests in Python with scikit-learn, you will find some brief information about the book.

Rename Files in Python: A Guide with Examples using os.rename()

In this post, we are going to work with Python 3 to rename files. Specifically, we will use the Python module os to rename a file and rename multiple files.

First, we will rename a single file in 4 easy steps. After that, we will learn how to rename multiple files using Python 3. To be able to change the name of multiple files using Python can come in handy. For example, if we have a bunch of data files (e.g., .csv files) with long, or strange names, we may want to rename them to make working with them easier later in our projects (e.g., when loading the CSV files into a Pandas dataframe).

How to Save a Seaborn Plot as a File (e.g., PNG, PDF, EPS, TIFF)

In this short post, we will learn how to save Seaborn plots to a range of different file formats. More specifically, we will learn how to use the plt.savefig method save plots made with Seaborn to:

  1. Portable Network Graphics (PNG)
  2. Portable Document Format (PDF)
  3. Encapsulated Postscript (EPS)
  4. Tagged Image File Format (TIFF)
  5. Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)

Pandas drop_duplicates(): How to Drop Duplicated Rows

In this post, we will learn how to use Pandas drop_duplicates() to remove duplicate records and combinations of columns from a Pandas dataframe. That is, we will delete duplicate data and only keep the unique values.

This Pandas tutorial will cover the following; what’s needed to follow the tutorial, importing Pandas, and how to create a dataframe fro a dictionary. After this, we will get into how to use Pandas drop_duplicates() to drop duplicate rows and duplicate columns.

How to Read a File in Python, Write to, and Append, to a File

In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to read a file in Python 3. After we have learned how to open a file in Python, we are going to learn how to write to the file and save it again.  In previous posts, we have learned how to open a range of different files using Python. For instance, we have learned how to open JSON, CSV, Excel, and HTML files using Pandas, and the json library. Here, however, we are going to open plain files (.txt) in Python.

How to use Pandas get_dummies to Create Dummy Variables in Python

In this post, we will learn how to use Pandas get_dummies() method to create dummy variables in Python. Dummy variables (or binary/indicator variables) are often used in statistical analyses as well as in more simple descriptive statistics. Towards the end of the post, there’s a link to a Jupyter Notebook containing all Pandas get_dummies() examples.

Dummy Coding for Regression Analysis

One statistical analysis in which we may need to create dummy variables in regression analysis. In fact, regression analysis requires numerical variables and this means that when we, whether doing research or just analyzing data, wishes to include a categorical variable in a regression model, supplementary steps are required to make the results interpretable.

Pipx: Installing, Uninstalling, & Upgrading Python Packages in Virtual Envs

In this post, we will learn how to use pipx. Specifically, we will learn how to use pipx to install Python packages. We will learn how to install pipx, use pipx to install packages, how to run Python packages from a temporary environment, how to uninstall packages, and upgrade packages using pipx.