VOX-Pol Pre-Conference Workshop 1


Python for Social Scientists

Date and time

Wednesday, 22 June at 9:00am


Prof. Padraig Cunningham, Dr. Derek Greene, and Dr. Tania Malik – School of Computer Science, 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.

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