SciPy 2013 Poster - Basic Interactive Unix for Data Processing

This poster was shown at SciPy 2013 in Austin, Texas


For most types of "conversational" data analysis problems, using Unix tools interactively is a superior alternative to downloading data files into a spreadsheet application (e.g. Excel) or writing one-shot custom scripts. The technique is to use combinations of standard Unix tools (and a very small number of general purpose Python scripts). This allows one to accomplish much more than might seem possible, especially with tabular data.


Scientists who use Unix but are not Unix administrators or authors of hardcore Unix-specific software. These people may aspire to write scripts in Unix or to improve the scripts they write.