Taming the Python Visualization Jungle

The Best Viz Tools for Data Exploration, Report Generation, and Dashboards
It’s no secret that Python has a ton of plotting libraries—but which ones should you use? And how should you go about choosing them? Many people end up sticking with whatever library they first encountered, even if there are now much better tools for the job.
Join Anaconda Co-Founder and CTO Peter Wang and Senior Solutions Architect James Bednar as they give you some key starting points and demonstrate how to solve a range of common problems. They’ll take a workflow-oriented approach toward exploring the large ecosystem of Python viz libraries, and show you how to:
  • explore datasets even up to billions of rows
  • create reports and presentations
  • build interactive dashboards to deploy and share with your team

Meet Our Speakers

  • Peter Wang has been developing commercial scientific computing and visualization software for over 15 years. He has extensive experience in software design and development across a broad range of areas, including 3D graphics, geophysics, large data simulation and visualization, financial risk modeling, and medical imaging.

    Peter’s interests in the fundamentals of vector computing and interactive visualization led him to co-found Anaconda (formerly Continuum Analytics). Peter leads the product engineering team for the Anaconda data science ecosystem and works on product engineering and software architecture for open source projects including Bokeh.

    As a creator of the PyData community and conferences, he devotes time and energy to growing the Python data science community and advocating and teaching Python at conferences around the world. Peter holds a BA in Physics from Cornell University.
  • James Bednar is a Senior Solutions Architect at Anaconda. He is also an Honorary Fellow in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

    Dr. Bednar holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas, along with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Philosophy. He has published more than 50 papers and books about the visual system and about software development. Dr. Bednar manages the open source Python projects HoloViews, ImaGen, Param, and Datashader.

    Prior to joining Anaconda, Dr. Bednar was a lecturer and researcher in Software Engineering and in Computational Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, as well as a software and hardware engineer at National Instruments.
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