An introduction to Anaconda (Python Distribution)

Anaconda is the world's most popular Data Science Platform.  It is basically the distribution of Python and R programming language for scientific computing, that aims to provide simple package management and deployment. 

  • It was developed and maintained by Anaconda, Inc., which was founded by  Peter Wang and Travis Oliphant in 2012.
  • It is an open-source, free distribution for Python and R.  
  • It is a package or environment manager for Python. 
  • It has  over 200 pre-installed packages and 7500+ can be installed using PyPi. It can be used for analysis, visualization, modelling.
  • It is simplified package management and deployment.
  • Anaconda provides all package at one place that are required for Data Science. Anaconda makes working easy and accessible.     
  • It can be esily installed on Windows, Linux, and MacOS.
  • It has individual, team, and enterprise editions. Some popular package installed on Anaconda Individual Edition are numpy, pandas, scipy, sklearn, tensorflow, pytorch, matplotlib, and more. Anaconda Navigator is a desktop graphical user interface (GUI). The GUI interface of Anaconda Navigation make it more smooth for working.    

These the applications are available by default in Navigator:

  • JupyterLab
  • Jupyter Notebook
  • QtConsole
  • Spyder
  • Glueviz
  • Orange
  • RStudio
  • IBM Watson Studio Cloud
  • PyCharm Professional