MIT6_047f08_rec01

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Unformatted text preview: MIT OpenCourseWare http://ocw.mit.edu 6.047 / 6.878 Computational Biology: Genomes, Networks, Evolution Fall 2008 For information about citing these materials or our Terms of Use, visit: http://ocw.mit.edu/terms . 6.04716.878 Fall 2008 Recitation 1 Notes Pouya Kheradpour, M a t t Rasmussen September 5, 2008 1 Python Python is popular a programming language that is frequently used in computational biology. Its main features are simple syntax, dynamic typing, and a large number of supporting libraries. Python is available within all MIT Athena accounts and is also available for download at http://python.org for all platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X). There are several tutorials and documentation sites for Python: Official tutorial, h t t p : //docs .python. org/tut/tut . html Library reference, h t t p : //docs .python. o r g / l i b / l i b . html WikiBooks, http://en. wikibooks . org/wiki/Programming :Python We won't be using any complex or exotic features of Python, so it is probably not necessary to buy a Python bookjust for this course. Ifyou would like one for the future, however, Learning Python and Programming Python by Mark Lutz are both excellent. 1.1 Brief summary of Python commands to learn Here is a brief tour of basic Python language features, including print, variables, functions, lists, list comprehen- sions, loops, tuples, dictionaries, import, d i r , and help. You should type these commands into the interactive interpreter to learn what each command does....
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