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Importing Data in Python Cheat Sheet

With this Python cheat sheet, you'll have a handy reference guide to importing your data, from flat files to files native to other software, and relational databases.

Before doing any data cleaning, wrangling, visualizing, ... You'll need to know how to get data into Python. As you know, there are many ways to import data into Python, depending also on which files you're dealing with.

However, you'll most often make use of the pandas and the NumPy libraries: The pandas library is one of the most preferred tools for data scientists to do data manipulation and analysis, next to matplotlib for data visualization and NumPy, the fundamental library for scientific computing in Python on which Pandas was built.

In this importing data in Python cheat sheet, you'll find some NumPy and pandas functions, together with functions that are built in the Python programming language, that will help you to get your data in Python fast!

This quick guide helps you to learn the basics of importing data in Python that you will need to get started on cleaning and wrangling your data!

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The Importing Data in Python cheat sheet will guide you through the basics of getting your data in your workspace: you'll not only learn how to import flat files such as text files, but you'll also see how you can get data from files native to other software such as Excel spreadsheets, Stata, SAS and MATLAB files and relational databases. On top of that, you'll get some more information on how to ask for help, how to navigate your filesystem and how to start exploring your data.

In short, everything that you need to kickstart your data science learning with Python!

Do you want to learn more? Start the Importing Data in Python course for free now or try out our Python Excel tutorial!

Also, don't miss out on our Python cheat sheet for data science, or the many others we have here on our Community!

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