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SQL Server R and Python Language Extensions Now Open Source

The SQL Server team has an announcement:

Previously, we announced a Java extensionToday, we are sharing that we are open sourcing the R and Python language extensions for SQL Server for both Windows and Linux on GitHub.

These extensions are the latest examples using an evolved programming language extensibility architecture which allows integration with a new type of language extension. This new architecture gives customers the freedom to bring their own runtime and execute programs using that runtime in SQL Server, while leveraging the existing security and governance that the SQL Server programming language extensibility architecture provides.

Very interesting.

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Correlation and Predictive Power Score in Python

Abhinav Choudhary looks at two methods for understanding the relationship between variables:

dataframes while working in python which is supported by the pandas library. Pandas come with a function corr() which can be used in order to find relation amongst the various columns of the data frame. 
Syntax :DataFrame.corr() 
Returns:dataframe with value between -1 and 1 
For details and parameter about the function check out Link 
Let’s try this in action. 

Read on to see how it works, how to visualize results, and where Predictive Power Score can be a better option.

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Implementing an LSTM Model with Python

Mrinal Walia takes us through the concept of Long Short Term Memory:

A simple Recurrent Neural Network has a very simple structure, that forms a chain of repeating modules of a neural network, with just a single activation function such as tanh layer, similarly LSTM too have a chain-like structure with repeating modules just like RNN but instead of a single Neural network layer in RNN, LSTM has four layers which are interacting in a very different way each performing its unique function in the network.

Read on for a good amount of theory followed by an example using Keras.

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Generating Predictions with SQL Server ML Services

Jeffin Mathew walks us through SQL Server Machine Learning Services:

The purpose of this blog is to explore the process of running ML predictions on SQL server using Python. We are going to train and test the data to predict information about bike sharing for a specific year. We are going to be using the provided 2011 data and predict what 2012 will result in. The 2012 data already exists inside the dataset, so we will be able to compare the predicted to the actual amount.

For certain use cases—especially when the data already exists in SQL Server, and especially especially when you can use native scoring—Machine Learning Services does a great job.

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Using Jupyter as an External Tool for Power BI Desktop

David Eldersveld continues a series on Power BI external tools:

Many people use Python with notebooks, so let’s take a look at one possible way to enable a Jupyter external tool for Power BI Desktop. The following stepwise approach begins with simply opening Jupyter. It then progresses to creating and opening a notebook that includes Power BI’s server and database arguments. Finally, it works its way toward downloading a notebook definition contained in a GitHub gist and connects to Power BI’s tabular model to start to make this approach more useful.

This post continues a series of posts related to Python and Power BI. The first three parts of this blog series introduced some possible uses for Python connected to a Power BI model, how to setup a basic Python external tool, and how to both use it with a virtual environment and connect to the Tabular Object Model.

This was a cool usage of Power BI’s external tool functionality and starts to give you an idea of how powerful it can be.

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Getting Started with Jupyter Notebooks

Aveek Das takes us through the most popular name in notebooks:

In this article, I am going to explain what Jupyter Notebooks are and how to install the same on your machine. Further, I will demonstrate how to use these notebooks using Visual Studio Code and perform data analysis and other development activities. It is an open-source platform using which you can create and share documents that contain live code, equations, and visualizations along with the formatted text. Most importantly, these notebooks can be run on the web browser by just starting a server and using it. This open-source project is maintained by the team at Project Jupyter.

This is a fairly basic introduction to the topic, good if you have heard about notebooks but don’t know where to begin.

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Methods and Functions in Python

Sairam Uppugundla distinguishes methods from functions in Python:

Function and method both look similar as they perform in an almost similar way, but the key difference is the concept of ‘Class and its Object’. Functions can be called only by its name, as it is defined independently. But methods cannot be called by its name only we need to invoke the class by reference of that class in which it is defined, that is, the method is defined within a class and hence they are dependent on that class.

Read on to see how to create each, as well as more details on types of functions.

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New Features in Python 3.9

Harini Guptha walks us through some of what’s upcoming in Python 3.9:

The latest beta preview python 3.9.0b5 is released on July 20th, 2020. Yes, you heard it right. This is the last of the five planned beta release previews. This beta release gives an opportunity to the community to test the new features.

If you are planning to go for a python certification, make sure that you check out what functionalities are deprecated and what features are newly added in this release. Its always good to get yourself updated with the latest information. Without further ado, let’s go through the new features of Python 3.9.0b5.

Click through for the list.

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Using the Azure Architecture Icons

Steve Jones tries out some of the Azure Architecture Icons:

The icons are svg, so while they work in PowerPoint, adding them to something like this post in OpenLiveWriter doesn’t work. However, I could make a quick diagram and capture an image of it.

Not great, but it shows I can put icons on a page with arrows.

Going one step further, I’ve been digging into Diagrams by mingrammer lately. With it, you use Python to generate diagrams, and there are quite a few Azure icons in there, as well as AWS, on-prem, etc.

Here’s a quick example of what you can do, taken from an upcoming talk of mine:

There are some limitations based on the underlying library, such as how you can’t connect cluster to cluster—meaning I can’t draw a line from “Logging” to “Storage\Logs”; I have to draw it from a particular element (Loki) to a particular element (Elasticsearch). In a lot of traditional reference architecture diagrams, though, that isn’t a problem.

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Python and Power BI Desktop

David Eldersveld continues a series on Python as an external tool in Power BI. Part 2 is about defining a proper JSON formatted file:

To see a new tool in the Power BI Desktop ribbon, you need to define a JSON file and place it in a specific folder on your workstation. The featured external tools Tabular Editor, DAX Studio, and ALM Toolkit have installers that take care of this step. Since you do not have a dedicated installer to place this file in the required directory, you need to manually define your own.

As long as the “enhanced metadata format” for the data model is enabled, and the JSON in your file is accurate, you should see your new tool in your ribbon after you re-open Power BI Desktop.

Part 3 shows off virtual environments in Python as well as how to connect to the Tabular Object Model:

The Tabular Object Model (TOM) library for .NET opens Power BI’s data model to external tools. Two pieces are required to allow Python to interface with .NET:
1) Pythonnet package for .NET CLR (pip install pythonnet)
2) Python-SSAS module (ssas_api.py placed in the same folder as the main script you’d like to run)

The python-ssas (ssas_api.py) Python module that facilitates the TOM connection is all the work of Josh Dimarsky–originally for querying and processing Analysis Services. I simply repurposed it for use with Power BI Desktop or the XMLA endpoint in Power BI Premium and extended it with some relevant examples. Everything relies on Josh’s Python module, which has functions to connect to TOM, run DAX queries, etc.

This does look pretty handy.

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