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What is Anaconda?

What is Anaconda?

June 14th, 2019

What is Anaconda?

Anaconda is a free and open-source distribution of Python solely used in data science, statistical analysis, and machine learning. It is a large and powerful platform that comprises of several packages and is most widely used for science and data-oriented programming. The Anaconda distribution is used by over 13 million users and has over 1500+ open source packages.

What makes Anaconda so special?

It can be quite problematic to install a Python working environment on certain platforms. One of the issues that beginners may face is that they would have to install Python first after which there are many packages that need to be installed. This can prove to be quite confusing. What makes Anaconda so popular is that it provides plenty of pre-installed tools and libraries (for instance, Numpy, Pandas, Scrip and Matplotlib) used for data science and machine learning where the package management and installation process is simplified. This means that users don’t have to worry about learning and manually installing each package independently.
Even if some Python packages were not included in Anaconda, it can be installed in different ways, for instance, using pip which is Python’s built-in package manager. With Anaconda’s package manager Conda, the process of installing, running and upgrading complex data science and machine learning environments like sci-kit-learn, TensorFlow and SciPy is made faster and easier. What Conda does is it analyses the user’s current environment and figures out how to install compatible dependencies.
Anaconda is platform-agnostic and hence, can be used to install Python in multiple platforms such as Windows, Linux, and MacOS. It comes with build in editors, IDEs and Jupyter Notebooks. It also provides a virtual environment where users can work on their project separate from their system. It supports both the older and newer version of Python thereby reducing compatibility issues.

Anaconda use case opportunities:

With Anaconda distribution, data scientists can develop their AI models using Python and a lot of the awesome libraries that are already available and managed by Anaconda. It can aid in the following:

Safe transportation:

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning have been an important influence on autonomous vehicles where self-driving vehicles are starting to become more intelligent. With data being exchanged between sensors, cameras, voice commands as well as other communication systems and analyzed in realtime, these vehicles would be able to predict and make the decision before accidents or collisions can take place. This can play a major role in ensuring the safety of roads.

Medical diagnosis:

Inaccuracy and errors in diagnosis can put patients’ life at major risks because it can even lead to death. By implementing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in health care, it can greatly reduce optimizing chances of misdiagnosis because of its ability to harness massive amounts of data and process as well as analyze it beyond human capability. This can help physicians gain valuable insights and help in making more accurate and reliable decisions.


By automating claims using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, insurance companies can quickly process claims that are repeated and identify complex or faulty claims to be reviewed by agents. Claims that are similar to other claims in the database can be automatically identified and those that require additional review will be sent for agent review. It can also be used to analyze images uploaded by customers from their mobile devices and match the damage and payout of images that are similar in the company’s database.

Consumer analysis:

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning can be used to analyze and understand consumer data that can be used to help make recommendations for other products. This can be very helpful for businesses in improving and optimizing their sales. This helps understand the consumer’s interests and behavior and thus, helps give them what they need thereby building customer loyalty as well as a good brand name.


With Anaconda allowing its users to install Python and tons of tools and libraries easily and on multiple platforms, life is made easier and more efficient for users. It is also used to separate different environments by organizing projects and making it less confusing for users. Anaconda can also be used to create advanced scientific models more efficiently which can be used for AI development and data science.

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