Practical Computing for Biologists

1st Edition

Steven H.D. Haddock, Casey W. Dunn
eISBN-13: 9781605354118

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Increasingly, scientists find themselves facing exponentially larger data sets and analyses without suitable tools to deal with them. Many biologists end up using spreadsheet programs for most of their data-processing tasks and spend hours clicking around or copying and pasting, and then repeating the process for other data files.

Practical Computing for Biologists shows you how to use many freely available computing tools to work more powerfully and effectively. The book was born out of the authors' own experience in developing tools for their research and helping other biologists with their computational problems. Although many of the techniques are relevant to molecular bioinformatics, the motivation for the book is much broader, focusing on topics and techniques that are applicable to a range of scientific endeavors. Twenty-two chapters organized into six parts address these topics (and more; see Contents):
Searching with regular expressions
The Unix command line
Python programming and debugging
Creating and editing graphics
Databases
Performing analyses on remote servers
Working with electronics

While most of the concepts and examples apply to any operating system, the main narrative focuses on Mac OS X. Where there are differences for Windows and Linux users, parallel instructions are provided in the margin and in an appendix. The book is designed to be used as a self-guided resource for researchers, a companion book in a course, or as a primary textbook. Practical Computing for Biologists will free you from the most frustrating and time-consuming aspects of data processing so you can focus on the pleasures of scientific inquiry.

Sold By Sinauer Associates, Inc.
ISBNs 0878939601, 9780878939602, 0878933913, 9780878933914, 1605354112, 9781605354118
Publish Year 2011
Language English
Edition 1st