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Intel Distribution for Python

  1. May 28, 2017 #1
    I am relatively new to Python. I would really like to use Python for numerical and data analysis. I recently stumbled upon something called Intel Distribution from this article: http://www.infoworld.com/article/31...n-distribution-turbocharges-data-science.html
    I don't really know what a distribution is in this context. It sounds promising and I would like to hear if anyone has more knowledge on this. I have an AMD CPU and MSI GPU on my tower which I hope to replace soon for an Intel chip and Nvidia GPU. Will I be able to utilize this Intel Distribution in the meantime?


    Edit: I already have anaconda installed (though I'm not sure I have it configured correctly.
    when I run $ python, it gives me "Python 3.6.1 |Continuum Analytics, Inc.| (default, May 11 2017, 13:08:54)" so I imagine it's working. I am not yet familiar with applications like SciPy or NumPy so I haven't tested those. How should I go about checking if I have this Intel Distribution or installing via conda?
    Last edited: May 28, 2017
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  3. May 28, 2017 #2


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    A "distribution" is just the installation package. It's how a company distributes its software, or in this case it's version of a software type. Lots of companies distribute Python.
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  5. May 28, 2017 #4
    So Anaconda is a distribution from Continuum Analytics and is analogous to this Intel Distribution?
    I am sure the answer will be in Jedi's link which I will read in a second, but how might I go about acquiring this Math Kernel Library via anaconda?
  6. May 28, 2017 #5


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    Generally you acquire a distribution by going to the site and clicking on "download".
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