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CDA Lecture: Python and the Future of Data Analysis

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Speaker:         Peter Wang, co-Founder of Continuum Analytics

Date:                 Friday, October 18, 2013

Location:        Klaus 1447

Time:                 2-3pm


While Python has been a popular and powerful language for scientific computing for a while now, its future in the broader data analytics realm is less clear, especially as market forces and technological innovation are rapidly transforming the field.

In this talk, Peter will introduce some new perspectives on “Big Data” and the evolution of programming languages, and present his thesis that Python has a central role to play in the future of not just scientific computing, but in analytics and even computing in general. As part of the discussion, many new libraries, tools, and technologies will be discussed (both Python and non-Python), both to understand why they exist and where they are driving technical evolution.

Peter holds a B.A. in Physics from Cornell University and has been developing applications professionally using Python since 2001. Before co-founding Continuum Analytics in 2011, Peter spent seven years at Enthought designing and developing applications for a variety of companies, including investment bankers, high-frequency trading firms, oil companies, and others. In 2007, Peter was named Director of Technical Architecture and served as client liaison on high-profile projects. Peter also developed Chaco, an open-source, Python-based toolkit for interactive data visualization. Peter’s roles at Continuum Analytics include product design and development, software management, business strategy, and training.

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