Python Primer for Accounting Research

Organizer: 
EAA Education Committee
Dates: 
December 7, 2021
Location: 
Online

Instructor: Dr Martien Lubberink, Victoria University of Wellington

Live Q&A event for entry level: December 07, 2021, at 10-11 am CET

Introduction

This is an introductory course focused on the use of Python for accounting research. The course introduces participants to Python and the level of coding will be basic to intermediate. The course will also devote attention to the wider Python infrastructure that helps participants to solve problems and learn from others: StackoverflowJupyterGithub.

Later on in the course, participants will learn to manage, munge, and analyze data, as well as present results using eye-candy graphs. The focus will be on analysing and presenting financial accounting data, all of which will be resourced from high-quality publicly available data.

All code will be presented using visually appealing Jupyter notebooks.

Course resources

Materials, including Jupyter notebooks, videos, assignments will be accessible via a this site and page. There is a dedicated Github website for notebooks, see this link.

Learning objectives

Participants who are successful in this course will be able to:

  • Understanding Python, how it can support research, and the value-added Python offers over and above alternative packages
  • Install and run Python, including the installation of relevant libraries
  • Use support websites to solve coding problems
  • Understand basic Python commands and variable types
  • Import data from file and from remote data sources
  • Use Pandas to explore, manage, clean data, deal with missing observations.
  • Use Pandas to index, split, apply, and combine data.
  • Analyse financial data, handle data with different year-ends
  • Visualize results and create stunning graphs.
  • Analyse data using statistical libraries.

Delivery

This is an online course. The first sessions will be asynchronous, with one final live session Q&A . Subsequent sessions will be taught interactively. Subsequent sessions will be taught interactively. The interactive part comprises of five live sessions via Zoom. There will be groups assignments that will be discussed in Zoom breakout rooms.

Course schedule

Entry Level

Date

Q&A

Videos made available on these topics:

1

15-Oct-21

 

All the things you can do with Python. The value-added Python offers over and above alternative packages.

2

05-Nov-21

 

Install and run Python, relevant libraries. Python ‘helpers’.

3

19-Nov-21

 

Python commands and variable types.

4

03-Dec-21

Tue 07 Dec 10-11 am CET

Importing data from file and from remote data sources.

 

 

 

 

Intermediate

Date

Day

Topics

5

27-Jan-22

Thu 10-11 am CET

Use Pandas to explore, manage, clean data, deal with missing observations.

6

01-Feb-22

Tue 10-11 am CET

Use Pandas to index, split, apply, and combine data.

7

03-Feb-22

Thu 10-11 am CET

Analyse financial data, handle data with different year-ends.

8

08-Feb-22

Tue 10-11 am CET

Visualize results and create stunning graphs.

9

10-Feb-22

Thu 10-11 am CET

Analyse data using statistical libraries.

 

Register for this December 07 one hour event here

Register for the live sessions of Python Intermediate here