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We make use of various scientific libraries which are easier to install as a bundle. We recommend you download either:


Each one will provide you with a working version of Python and a multitude of libraries for scientific use, including NumPy and SciPy. Both come with iPython and the excellent iPython notebook.

Canopy has a somewhat more user friendly development environment while Anaconda is more up-to-date, including support for Python 3.

Learning Python

There are a variety of resources for learning Python programming on the internet.

Check out our primer and other notebooks.