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28th
Dec 2015
Carl Boettiger
@cboettig
Dec 28 2015 20:28
@SamLau95 @choldgraf Really nice, thanks for catching that. Also good to know that take can use [] like iloc, pretty cool; but I agree with the thread in that PR that having both notations is confusing to a beginner; I've already made that mistake on iloc before. Will have to decide what is better to teach the students.
henryem
@henryem
Dec 28 2015 22:25
FYI, for the main course, we're talking about not using square bracket indexing at all, at least for the first few weeks
Since that was very confusing for students last semester
Carl Boettiger
@cboettig
Dec 28 2015 22:27
@henryem thanks, good to know! Then I probably shouldn't introduce square brackets on my first lesson! I suppose I should just pre-clean the data so none of that is necessary; though I really do hope to convey some sense of "where data comes from" in my area, even if it does mean teaching a little bit of simple data cleaning...
henryem
@henryem
Dec 28 2015 23:14
We'll still do indexing, just with method calls instead of []
Also, FYI, they'll see arrays in week 2 and tables in week 3
So if you'll use that stuff earlier then you'll get to teach them however you want