VOX-Pol Pre-Conference Workshop 1 – Python for Social Scientists


Python for Social Scientists

Date and time

Wednesday, 22 June at 9:00am


Prof. Padraig Cunningham (University College Dublin), Dr. Derek Greene (University College Dublin), and Tania Malik  (Dublin City University & University College Dublin)

Workshop Descriptor

This workshop will provide an introduction to Python and Python Notebooks for Social Scientists. At the end of the workshop participants will have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of Python and will be able to manipulate numeric and text data in Python. The workshop will have a practical focus – participants will develop and extend a number of Python Notebooks during the workshop.


The workshop will be divided into two sessions:

Morning Session: The morning session will provide an introduction to the Python language and Python.

Afternoon Session: The second session will focus on using IPython Notebooks for data preparation and data analysis. The work will consider the analysis of two datasets a numeric dataset and a text dataset.


Participants will need to bring a laptop with Python (version 3.5) / Anaconda installed. The material will be presented through IPython Notebooks, so participants should already be able to run a simple notebook.




9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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