Have I missed unknown pleasures in Python by focusing on R?
A comment on my blog post of last week suggested just that. Reason enough to explore Python a little. Learning another computer language is like learning another human language – it takes time. Often it is helpful to start by translating from the new language back into the old one.
I found a Python script by Ludwig Schwardt that creates a plot like this:
It is only a small Python script, but it illustrated how to:
- load packages
- use conditional statements
- add comments
- write functions
- deal with arrays
- write loops
- create plots
- save output into a PDF file
R version 3.1.2 (2014-10-31) Platform: x86_64-apple-darwin13.4.0 (64-bit) locale:  en_GB.UTF-8/en_GB.UTF-8/en_GB.UTF-8/C/en_GB.UTF-8/en_GB.UTF-8 attached base packages:  stats graphics grDevices utils datasets methods  base other attached packages:  signal_0.7-4 e1071_1.6-4 loaded via a namespace (and not attached):  class_7.3-11 MASS_7.3-35 tools_3.1.2