Improving performance and scalability of data science libraries

The Data Exchange Podcast: Wes McKinney on the importance of having a shared infrastructure for data science.

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In this episode of the Data Exchange I speak with Wes McKinney, Director of Ursa Labs and an Apache Arrow PMC Member. Wes is the creator of pandas, one of the most widely used Python libraries for data science. He is also the author of the best-selling book, “Python for Data Analysis” – a book that has become essential reading for both aspiring and experienced data scientists.

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Our conversation focused on data science tools and other topics including:

  • Two open source projects Wes has long been associated with: pandas and Apache Arrow.
  • The need for a shared infrastructure for data science.
  • Ursa Labs: its mission and structure.

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