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Course overview

This course is for intermediate Python users, and it builds upon the essentials covered in our previous Python lessons. You’ll learn how to leverage Python to supercharge your data analysis workflow. You’ll learn how to manipulate, combine, transform, and merge data; manipulate strings; and work with missing values in Python — as well as new concepts and techniques to improve the speed and efficiency of your Python code.

Best of all, you’ll learn by doing — you’ll practice and get feedback directly in the browser. You’ll apply your skills to several guided projects involving realistic business scenarios to build your portfolio and prepare for your next interview.

Key skills

  • Aggregating, combining, transforming, and cleaning data
  • Manipulating strings and working with regular expressions in Python
  • Combining, transforming, and reshaping datasets
  • Resolving missing data and duplicate data

Course outline

Data Cleaning and Analysis in Python [6 lessons]

Data Aggregation 2h

Lesson Objectives
  • Employ different techniques for aggregating data
  • Generate intuition for the groupby operation

Combining Data Using Pandas 2h

Lesson Objectives
  • Employ different techniques for combining data
  • Employ database-style joins and keys

Transforming Data with Pandas 2h

Lesson Objectives
  • Transform columns in pandas using custom functions
  • Reshape data to prepare it for analysis

Working with Strings In Pandas 2h

Lesson Objectives
  • Manipulate strings with pandas
  • Employ regular expressions

Working With Missing And Duplicate Data 2h

Lesson Objectives
  • Drop rows and columns with missing data
  • Impute values to replace missing data
  • Identify and drop duplicate rows

Guided Project: Clean and Analyze Employee Exit Surveys 4h

Lesson Objectives
  • Clean and analyze datasets
  • Expand your portfolio with pandas

Projects in this course

Guided Project: Clean and Analyze Employee Exit Surveys

For this project, we’ll assume the role of data analysts for the Department of Education, Training and Employment and the Technical and Further Education institute in Queensland, Australia to analyze employee exit surveys and uncover insights about why employees resign.

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Build your project portfolio

Build confidence with our in-depth projects, and show off your data skills.

Challenge yourself with exercises

Challenge yourself with exercises

Work with real data from day one with interactive lessons and hands-on exercises.

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Impress employers by completing a capstone project and certifying it with an expert review.

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“Dataquest starts at the most basic level, so a beginner can understand the concepts. I tried learning to code before, using Codecademy and Coursera. I struggled because I had no background in coding, and I was spending a lot of time Googling. Dataquest helped me actually learn.”


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