Category Archives: Europe

LFPUG: Python in the enterprise + Pandas

Over 80 people attended last night’s London Financial Python User Group (LFPUG), with presentations given by Den Pilsworth of AHL/MAN, Eric Jones of Enthought, and Wes Mckinney of Pandas fame. It was an evening filled with practical content, so come on out for the next meetup if you are in town (or for drinks at the pub afterwards)!

The agenda for the evening:

1. “Moving an algo business from R and Java to Python”, Dennis Pilsworth, AHL, Man Group
2. “Financial data analysis in Python with pandas”, Wes McKinney
3. “Fostering Python Adoption within a Company”, Eric Jones, Enthought.

Den presented a case study of how his firm introduced Python into production and ensured that “network distributed” deployment worked quickly enough to ensure good local response time with out overloading the network. He also discussed visualization and pointed out native Python tools need some work to remain competitive with the R user’s sweetheart, ggplot2. He graciously acknowledged the role Enthought’s training played in getting things rolling.

Wes Mckinney discussed the latest Pandas developments, particularly the Group-by function. A number of attendees were interested in potentially using this functionality to replace Excel pivot tables. Make sure to check out Wes’ new book, “Python for Data Analysis.”

Eric Jones discussed how to get Python adopted in the face of opposition, featuring some of the classic objections (e.g. “Python is too slow”).

LFPUG meets  roughly every other month, so look us up on LinkedIn and keep an eye out for the next meeting!

EuroScipy 2012

EuroScipy 2012 starts tomorrow! Four days of exciting tutorials and talks. The conference is hosted in Brussels at ULB (which you probably know if you went to FOSDEM).

The first two days are dedicated to a great set of tutorials. The introductory track should please any new data analyst starting with Python:

  • array manipulation with NumPy
  • plotting with Matplotlib
  • introduction to scientific computing with Scipy.

In the advanced track, HPC and parallel computing are the main focus but tutorials also offer:

  • advanced numpy and scipy
  • time series data analysis with Pandas
  • visualisation
  • packaging and scientific software development insights.


Last but not least, the European Enthought team will offer:

  • a tutorial on Enaml, a new library that makes GUI programming fun
  • a tutorial on how to write robust scientific code with testing
  • a tutorial about Bento, a pythonic packaging system for Python software

Plan for an exciting weekend as well with various talks covering finance to geophysics to biology. Don’t forget to come for the keynote sessions with David Beazley on Saturday and Eric Jones, Enthought’s CEO, on Sunday!


See you in Brussels!

EAGE Geophysics app demo

Thank you to everyone that visited us at EAGE this year! We had a great time, so please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. Enthought has been working on a new geophysics application, which we demonstrated at EAGE. If you couldn’t swing by, here’s a short screencast of some its functionality.

Enthought at EAGE Copenhagen!

Enthought is at the European Association of Geophysicists and Engineers Conference & Exhibition in Copenhagen! Phew, that’s a mouthful. Enthought cut its teeth on seismic applications and, as you can see from the screenshot above, continues to cultivate its geoscience roots.

If you are in town, please come visit us at Stand 2132 in the Bella Center. We’d love to chat over a smørrebrød!

Announcing the Forming of the New York Financial Python User Group

New York Financial Python User Group

December 3, 2009

After receiving a great response to our newFinancialPython User Group in London, were pleased to announce that we’re also going to be launching an informal Financial Python User Group in New York City.

The use of Python, NumPy, and SciPy amongst quantitative analysts has grown steadily over the past several years. Throughout the financial industry, Python tools have played a powerful role in cutting-edge trading and visualization systems. We’ve been working with a number of New York-based quants, traders, and other financial professionals for some time now, so the city seems an appropriate location for our first US Financial Python User Group.

Beginning in December 2009, Enthought will organize a monthly or bi-monthly event where people can meet and discuss the use of Python in the financial sector. Topics will range from new tools and techniques to best practices.

If youd like to be informed about the details of these events, please contact or join us on theLinkedIn group.

London Financial Python Users Group

We’re pleased to announce that Enthought has launched an informal Financial Python User Group in London.

Over the last several years, the Python/Numpy/Scipy toolset has steadily grown in popularity among quants. It now plays an important role in the trading and visualization systems throughout the financial industry. A number of London-based quants, traders, and other financial professionals have asked Enthought to set up a “Financial Python” user group.

Beginning in November 2009, Enthought will organize a monthly event where people can meet and discuss Python’s use in the financial sector (best practices, new technologies, etc.).

If you’d like to be informed about the details of these events, please contact me: or join us on the LinkedIn group.