[Tutor] Python - Data Mining?

Nick Scholtes airchia at gmail.com
Mon Jan 5 01:33:13 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.
Oh, wait. Can Python be used to mine an Openoffice spreadsheet or database?


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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