Johnathan Padilla, Thomas Kidd, and Hadrien Picq are fellows in the TechSoup and ParsonsTKO Summer 2020 Data Strategy Mentorship Program, a select group of upcoming data analysts and scientists to learn more about what the social impact and non-profit analytics sectors look like from industry professionals.

Regex is a Superpower

Unlike powers inherited by radioactive spiders, regex can be used as irresponsibly as you want. There are limits to this power but when used skillfully those limits can be largely ignored. I’ll show you a quick example of regex’s power. Say you are given a string like the following:

Words = 'the quick brownTfox…


Johnathan Padilla, Thomas Kidd, and Hadrien Picq are fellows in the TechSoup and ParsonsTKO Summer 2020 Data Strategy Mentorship Program, a select group of upcoming data analysts and scientists to learn more about what the social impact and non-profit analytics sectors look like from industry professionals.

To highlight this week’s theme on data collection, the team sought regulatory air quality data from various sources (specifically, raw measurements of fine particles: PM2.5). Each fellow explored and detailed the process extracting data from the following sources:


Over the following weeks, I will be taking part in a mentorship program put on by ParsonsTKO and TechSoup where I will be working on projects focused on data analysis. Each week will have a specific theme that relates to a certain part of the data life cycle. This week’s article will cover how to find data that fits your project scope as well as how to load it into python for analysis. This is a collaborative project and others in my group have written articles pertaining to the same data but using different tools. …

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