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1.6. Why Python?

Python is a great language for machine learning for a large number of reasons. First, Python has clear syntax. Second, it makes text manipulation extremely easy. A large number of people and organizations use Python, so there’s ample development and documentation.

1.6.1. Executable pseudo-code

The clear syntax of Python has earned it the name executable pseudo-code. The default install of Python already carries high-level data types like lists, tuples, dictionaries, sets, queues, and so on, which you don’t have to program in yourself. These high-level data types make abstract concepts easy to implement. (See appendix A for a full description of Python, the data types, and how to install it.) With Python, you can program in any style you’re familiar with: object-oriented, procedural, functional, and so on.


  

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