Hey all, 

On Feb 16, 2016, at 06:34, C. Titus Brown <ctbrown@ucdavis.edu> wrote:

I'm not sure how many people realize it, but Python (+ ipython/jupyter, pandas,
matplotlib, scikit-learn, etc. etc.) has become one of the two mainstays of
data analysis and visualization in the biological sciences -- along with R.

And for those who have not seen, you can play with the date in your browser:


It spawn a Docker instance with the analysis just for you after a few second (and yes http, there is no login involved),
so that you can play with the data. 


Source on github: https://github.com/minrk/ligo-binder
Binder: http://mybinder.org/

Everyone should keep up the good work - the science crowd is doing its best
to put it to good use :)


On Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 01:32:33PM -0400, John Gill wrote:
Thanks for posting this.

I am thrilled to hear that python has played such a key role in an
incredible piece of work.

And I will second your thanks to John Hunter.  

Many years ago I was looking for some plotting software and stumbled on
matplotlib.  I sent off a patch for stacked bar plots.  A few hours
later I received an incredibly encouraging email that spurred me to make
more changes.  He was a delight to work.

I remember him fondly every time a matplotlib plot renders.


Khaled Monsoor <k@kmonsoor.com> writes:

hello everyone in this wonderful community,

probably, we already know about the recent confirmation by LIGO about existence of "gravitational waves", a major prediction by the "theory of
relativity" by Albert Einstein. It is a huge milestone to human endeavour to understand nature.

what we may or may not know that Python was the de-facto language of software components of the experimentation. It was extensively used in
day-to-day operations, from orchestrating the instruments[1], gathering data, analytics, to generating the finally published pretty graphs[2].
Usage of Python, IPython notebook & matplotlib was extensive among the team-members of LIGO.[3], [4]

i am not a part of LIGO, or any of the member organisations.??
Rather, as a common enthusiast of natural-sciences as well as a open-source believer, I would like to take a moment to thank every single
contributor of Python. Please keep up pushing your commits.
We facilitated something bigger than us.

i would also like to take a moment to remember our lost friend, John D. Hunter, the creator of matplotlib. Whom we lost in 2012 in a battle with
cancer. Dear John, you are long gone, but you will live generations through 2-D matplotlib plots.

Thanks everyone.

Khaled Monsoor,
a common user of Python

[1]: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/45g8qu/we_are_the_ligo_scientific_collaboration_and_we/czxnlux
[2]: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ca8jlVIWcAUmeP8.png
[3]: https://losc.ligo.org/s/events/GW150914/GW150914_tutorial.html
[4]: https://github.com/ligo-cbc

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