5 Best Python Libraries For Data Science


If you have decided to learn Python as your programming language.

“What are the different Python libraries available to perform data analysis?”

This will be the next question in your mind. There are many libraries available to perform data analysis in Python. Don’t worry; you don’t have to learn all of those libraries. You have to know only five Python libraries to do most of the data analysis tasks. I will give a short introduction to each of these libraries, and I will point you to some of the best tutorials to learn them.

So let’s get started,


It is the foundation on which all higher level tools for scientific Python are built. Here are some of the functionalities it provides:

  1. N- Dimensional array, a fast and memory efficient multidimensional array providing vectorized arithmetic operations.
  2. You can apply standard mathematical operations on arrays of entire data without writing loops.

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What do skeptical ancient historians think of the earliest Christian creed?


Sherlock Holmes and John Watson Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson solving a mystery

Here is a post from my friend Eric Chabot. He writes about the earliest historical source for the minimal facts about the resurrection, which is the early creed recorded by Paul in 1 Corinthians: 3-7.

1 Cor 15:3-7:

3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve.

6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.

7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles,

8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally…

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Turkish Prosecutor Taken Hostage in Istanbul

pundit from another planet


Members of the illegal left-wing organization the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party Front have broken into a Turkish prosecutor’s office and taken him hostage

Yael Klein writes: The prosecutor, Mehmet Selim Kiraz, was targeted by the organization because he represented the state in the sensitive case of a young man’s death during anti-government protests in 2013. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was the Turkish prime minister at the time of the protests, exercised a very strict policy against the protestors. The young man was killed after the police used excessive force against the demonstrators, and the organization has taken Kiraz hostage as an act of protest against Erdogan.

Special Forces surrounding the building Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News Special Forces surrounding the building Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News

The Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front has issued a message in the social media, threatening to execute the prosecutor by 3:36 pm (local time) if its demands are not answered. The…

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In the Silk Road case, the gov’t turned out to be as dirty as the defendant. New trial coming?

Astronomy Events – April 2015

What constitutes successful ‘deradicalisation’?

I believe, from my own observations, that reforming terrorists is very much like reforming violent felons. A small percentage are reformable, though they must first thoroughly and completely repent their initial desires and motivations to murder and to engage in other ac ts of terrorism.

Most are not reformable and will to some degree or another remain covertly motivated towards their original aims and attempts to naively accept the idea of their “reform” only reintegrates them into society as secret infiltrators awaiting a new opportunity to act.

The trick then to me should be to learn to distinguish between that small percentage that shows an actual desire and tendency to reform and concentrate upon their actual reform and kill the others before they can either infiltrate society or strike again.

Policy and Politics Journal

Sarah Marsden Sarah Marsden

Sarah Marsden is a Lecturer in Terrorism Studies at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St Andrews.

Recently, there has been much debate about the best approach to take with those returning from the conflict in Syria and Iraq. Various proposals have been mooted, from forcing them to attend ‘deradicalisation programmes’ to banning them from returning to the UK. Relatively few of these ideas are rooted in a strong evidence base. That is in part because we still have much to learn about what might motivate someone to permanently reject violent extremism.

Although knowledge about what might inform the movement away from terrorism has developed in recent years, we have only a limited understanding of the aims of this work. Questions remain over what it is that interventions with those who have been involved in terrorism should seek to achieve.

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Leading Academic Warns that Children Could Carry Out Future IS Executions

No kidding…


Following a recent Islamic State video which showed children leading prisoners to their execution, a leading academic in the field of terrorism studies has warned it is only a matter of time before videos of children directly carrying out beheadings emerge.


Professor John Horgan, the Director of the Center for Terrorism & Security Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, was speaking at a conference in University College Cork, entitled “Understanding Terrorism and Political Violence: The Roles of Victims and Perpetrators.”  The UCC graduate informed those in attendance that children who are recruited by terrorist groups often begin with low level jobs before quickly rising though the ranks.

Children who are recruited by organisations such as the Islamic State may begin their time by carrying out duties such as the cleaning of vegetables and weapons, before some eventually become directly involved in the torture of prisoners. This escalation continues until…

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