[Tutor] Python - Data Mining?

Nick Scholtes airchia at gmail.com
Mon Jan 5 01:16:16 CET 2009

Thanks, Alan. Good to know. I think I'll explore both routes, as it will at
least get me some practice with Python.


On Sun, Jan 4, 2009 at 3:45 PM, Alan Gauld <alan.gauld at btinternet.com>wrote:

> "Nick Scholtes" <airchia at gmail.com> wrote
>  mind. For instance, I work with some groups that rescue homeless animals.
>> It
>> would be wonderful if I could compile a thorough database, then mine the
>> data and create graphs to troubleshoot issues. As an example, we might
>> find
>> that more homeless animals show up in "x" location, or at "xyz" time of
>> year. This could help in re-focuses efforts more efficiently.
> While I'm a big fan of Python and its powers I'm also a big fan of using
> the right tool for the job. I'd start with a spereadsheet, possibly with a
> database back end. Excel or OpenOffice would be adequate for that kind
> of data mining and graphing.
> Python would be more suited (IMHO) for more complex searches where
> you aren't able to simply filter or aggregate values.
> Just a thought,
> Alan G.
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