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Python for Finance by Yuxing Yan

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Chapter 1. Introduction and Installation of Python

In this chapter, first we offer a short introduction on why we adopt Python as our computational tool and what the advantages are of using Python. Then, we discuss how to install Python and other related issues, such as how to start and quit Python, whether Python is case sensitive, and a few simple examples.

In particular, we will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to Python
  • Installing Python
  • Which version of Python should we use and what is the version of our installed Python?
  • Ways to launch and quit Python
  • Error messages
  • Python is case sensitive
  • Initializing the variables
  • Finding help, manuals, and tutorials
  • Finding the Python versions

Introduction to Python

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