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Workshop preparation

For this workshop, you will need access to a Python interpreter. We provide 3 tools below, you may use whatever works for you best.

Please only choose one of the tools below.

  • Jupyter Notebook is a web-based Python interpreter. McMaster members should have automatic access to this tool. If you don’t have access to Jupyter Notebook, two other alternatives are provided below.
  • Simply navigate to and sign in with your McMaster account.

2. Google Colab

  • If Jupyter Notebook didn’t work out for you, Google Colab is a wonderful web-based alternative.
  • Go to and sign in with your Google account.

3. Anaconda

  • If you’d rather have a local installation of Python, you can use Anaconda. Anaconda is a distribution of Python built for data science. It comes included with useful data science packages.
  • Download and install at
  • Follow along with the guide for your OS system for installation instructions.