Articles by George Mount

What is the “data analytics stack?”

August 8, 2020 | George Mount

A poor craftsman blames his tools. But if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. It’s common for web developers or database adminstrators to refer to their “stack” of tools used to do the job, but I’ve never heard this moniker used for data ...
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Python-Powered Excel (O’Reilly Online Learning)

August 7, 2020 | George Mount

I’m pleased to present a new O’Reilly Online Learning session on Python-Powered Excel on Friday Sept 18th at 12p Eastern. The session is free to attend for all subscribers to the fantastic O’Reilly Online Learning platform. Check your employer or university for an institutional account, or really, ...
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Practice R and Python on the Cloud for Free

December 16, 2019 | George Mount

R and Python, the “dynamic duo” of data science, are both free, open-source programming languages. That means that there’s no “vendor” in the sense that, say, Microsoft owns Excel. This can make getting started with these programs a little trickier: there are several ways to install them, often multi-step, ...
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Go Open! Installing External Libraries in Python

April 17, 2017 | George Mount

One of the biggest differences is Python compared to Excel is that Python is open-source. Microsoft owns and operates Excel. While you can develop your own add-ins and user-defined functions, etc., it is still a proprietary product. By contrast, anyone can develop almost anything for Python and easily share it — ... [...Read more...]

The Excel Magic 8 Ball

April 12, 2017 | George Mount

The blog has been quiet lately because I’ve been busy learning R and Python to complete a research project. And I’ve been missing Excel. But today I found a nice diversion. A Python Magic 8 Ball The best introduction to Python I have found is Al Sweigart’s Automate ... [...Read more...]

Downloading Python

April 10, 2017 | George Mount

The best subject to teach is a subject that you apply yourself daily yourself. And the best thing to learn is something that you’ll actually use daily. My mix of data tools has shifted substantially from Excel to R and Python as of late. I still use Excel, but ... [...Read more...]

Request: I Need a Python Nudge

February 14, 2017 | George Mount

I’ve spent some quality nerd time over the past few weeks learning R for text mining. Then I learned a top researcher in the field uses Python, and has even posted his code online. And there’s something about Python. Of your charity… Know Python? Give me a boost. ... [...Read more...]
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