Reproducible Data Analysis in Jupyter

This notebook originally appeared as a post on the blog Pythonic Perambulations. See also the Jupyter Workflow repository

Jupyter notebooks provide a useful environment for interactive exploration of data. A common question I get, though, is how you can progress from this nonlinear, interactive, trial-and-error style of exploration to a more linear and reproducible analysis based on organized, packaged, and tested code. This series of videos presents a case study in how I personally approach reproducible data analysis within the Jupyter notebook.

Each video is approximately 5-8 minutes; the videos are available in a YouTube Playlist. Alternatively, below you can find the videos with some description and links to relevant resources

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# Quick utility to embed the videos below
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Part 1: Loading and Visualizing Data

In this video, I introduce the dataset, and use the Jupyter notebook to download and visualize it.

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Part 2: Further Data Exploration

In this video, I do some slightly more sophisticated visualization with the data, using matplotlib and pandas.

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Part 3: Version Control with Git & GitHub

In this video, I set up a repository on GitHub and commit the notebook into version control.

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Part 4: Working with Data and GitHub

In this video, I refactor the data download script so that it only downloads the data when needed

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Part 5: Creating a Python Package

In this video, I move the data download utility into its own separate package

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Part 6: Unit Testing with PyTest

In this video, I add unit tests for the data download utility

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Part 7: Refactoring for Speed

In this video, I refactor the data download function to be a bit faster

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Part 8: Debugging a Broken Function

In this video, I discover that my refactoring has caused a bug. I debug it and fix it.

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Part 8.5: Finding and Fixing a scikit-learn bug

In this video, I discover a bug in the scikit-learn codebase, and go through the process of submitting a GitHub Pull Request fixing the bug

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Part 9: Further Data Exploration: PCA and GMM

In this video, I apply unsupervised learning techniques to the data to explore what we can learn from it

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Part 10: Cleaning-up the Notebook

In this video, I clean-up the unsupervised learning analysis to make it more reproducible and presentable.

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This post was composed within an IPython notebook; you can view a static version here or download the full source here.