Learning SciPy for Numerical and Scientific Computing

Learning SciPy for Numerical and Scientific Computing
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Sample Chapters
  • Perform complex operations with large matrices, including eigenvalue problems, matrix decompositions, or solution to large systems of equations
  • Step-by-step examples to easily implement statistical analysis and data mining that rivals in performance any of the costly specialized software suites
  • Plenty of examples of state-of-the-art research problems from all disciplines of science, that prove how simple, yet effective, is to provide solutions based on SciPy


Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 150 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : February 2013
ISBN : 1782161627
ISBN 13 : 9781782161622
Author(s) : Francisco J. Blanco-Silva
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Big Data and Business Intelligence, Data, Open Source, Python

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to SciPy
Chapter 2: Top-level SciPy
Chapter 3: SciPy for Linear Algebra
Chapter 4: SciPy for Numerical Analysis
Chapter 5: SciPy for Signal Processing
Chapter 6: SciPy for Data Mining
Chapter 7: SciPy for Computational Geometry
Chapter 8: Interaction with Other Languages
    • Chapter 2: Top-level SciPy
      • Object essentials
        • Datatype
        • Indexing
      • The array object
      • Array routines
        • Routines for array creation
        • Routines for the combination of two or more arrays
        • Routines for array manipulation
        • Routines to extract information from arrays
      • Summary
      • Chapter 3: SciPy for Linear Algebra
        • Matrix creation
        • Matrix methods
          • Operations between matrices
          • Functions on matrices
          • Eigenvalue problems and matrix decompositions
          • Image compression via the singular value decomposition
          • Solvers
        • Summary
        • Chapter 4: SciPy for Numerical Analysis
          • Evaluation of special functions
            • Convenience and test functions
            • Univariate polynomials
            • The gamma function
            • The Riemann zeta function
            • Airy (and Bairy) functions
            • Bessel and Struve functions
            • Other special functions
          • Interpolation and regression
          • Optimization
            • Minimization
            • Roots
          • Integration
            • Exponential/logarithm integrals
            • Trigonometric and hyperbolic trigonometric integrals
            • Elliptic integrals
            • Gamma and beta integrals
            • Numerical integration
          • Ordinary differential equations
          • Lorenz Attractors
          • Summary
            • Chapter 6: SciPy for Data Mining
              • Descriptive statistics
                • Distributions
                • Interval estimation, correlation measures, and statistical tests
                • Distribution fitting
              • Distances
              • Clustering
                • Vector quantization and k-means
                • Hierarchical clustering
              • Summary
              • Summary

                  Francisco J. Blanco-Silva

                  Francisco J. Blanco-Silva is the owner of a scientific consulting company—Tizona Scientific Solutions—and adjunct faculty in the Department of Mathematics of the University of South Carolina. He obtained his formal training as an applied mathematician at Purdue University. He enjoys problem solving, learning, and teaching. Being an avid programmer and blogger, when it comes to writing, he relishes finding that common denominator among his passions and skills and making it available to everyone. He coauthored Chapter 5 of the book Modeling Nanoscale Imaging in Electron Microscopy, Springer by Peter Binev, Wolfgang Dahmen, and Thomas Vogt.

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                  Errata type: Code | Page number: 16

                  In the first code example, the third line of code snippet requires the following change:
                  import numpy
                  import matplotlib.pyplot
                  x = numpy.linspace(0,2*numpy.pi,32)
                  fig=matplotlib.pyplot.figure() fig.plot(x,numpy.sin(x))

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                  What you will learn from this book

                  • Learn to store and manipulate large arrays of data in any dimension
                  • Accurately evaluate any mathematical function in any given dimension, as well as its integration, and solve systems of ordinary differential equations with ease
                  • Learn to deal with sparse data to perform any known interpolation, extrapolation, or regression scheme on it
                  • Perform statistical analysis, hypothesis test design and resolution, or data mining at high level, including clustering (hierarchical or through vector quantization), and learn to apply them to real-life problems
                  • Get to grips with signal processing — filtering audio, images, or video to extract information, features, or removing components
                  • Effectively learn about window functions, filters, spectral theory, LTY systems theory, morphological operations, and image interpolation
                  • Acquaint yourself with the power of distances, Delaunay triangulations, and Voronoi diagrams for computational geometry, and apply them to various engineering problems
                  • Wrap code in other languages directly into your SciPy-based workflow, as well as incorporating data written in proprietary format (audio or image, for example), or from other software suites like Matlab/Octave

                  In Detail

                  It's essential to incorporate workflow data and code from various sources in order to create fast and effective algorithms to solve complex problems in science and engineering. Data is coming at us faster, dirtier, and at an ever increasing rate. There is no need to employ difficult-to-maintain code, or expensive mathematical engines to solve your numerical computations anymore. SciPy guarantees fast, accurate, and easy-to-code solutions to your numerical and scientific computing applications.

                  "Learning SciPy for Numerical and Scientific Computing" unveils secrets to some of the most critical mathematical and scientific computing problems and will play an instrumental role in supporting your research. The book will teach you how to quickly and efficiently use different modules and routines from the SciPy library to cover the vast scope of numerical mathematics with its simplistic practical approach that's easy to follow.

                  The book starts with a brief description of the SciPy libraries, showing practical demonstrations for acquiring and installing them on your system. This is followed by the second chapter which is a fun and fast-paced primer to array creation, manipulation, and problem-solving based on these techniques.

                  The rest of the chapters describe the use of all different modules and routines from the SciPy libraries, through the scope of different branches of numerical mathematics. Each big field is represented: numerical analysis, linear algebra, statistics, signal processing, and computational geometry. And for each of these fields all possibilities are illustrated with clear syntax, and plenty of examples. The book then presents combinations of all these techniques to the solution of research problems in real-life scenarios for different sciences or engineering — from image compression, biological classification of species, control theory, design of wings, to structural analysis of oxides.


                  A step-by-step practical tutorial with plenty of examples on research-based problems from various areas of science, that prove how simple, yet effective, it is to provide solutions based on SciPy.

                  Who this book is for

                  This book is targeted at anyone with basic knowledge of Python, a somewhat advanced command of mathematics/physics, and an interest in engineering or scientific applications---this is broadly what we refer to as scientific computing.

                  This book will be of critical importance to programmers and scientists who have basic Python knowledge and would like to be able to do scientific and numerical computations with SciPy.

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