This course is best followed if you can reproduce the examples and tutorials provided with it. To do so, you will need to install in your machine a series of software packages. These are all open-source and available for free to download.
There are three main pathways to install required Python libraries on your machine.
- A (1) standard one is installing the software on your operating system without using the command line interface.
- A (2) minimalist one will provide basic Python resources and the ability to expand them.
- A (3) comprehensive one will install not only a Python stack but also several useful libraries (including some from the programming language, R).
If you want to learn to explore Python and its capabilities, while going beyond this course, I recommend option 2. If all else fails, option 3 is the last resort for this course. It is guaranteed to work and very powerful, so you will not be limited in any way. But it does not allow you to install new libraries, which means you are limited by what it offers.