Jupyter Notebooks

Jupyter is an open-source web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative text. Uses include: data cleaning and transformation, numerical simulation, statistical modelling, data visualization, machine learning, and much more. With respect to code, it can be thought of as a web-based IDE that executes code on the server it is running on instead of locally.

There are two main types of “cells” in a notebook: code cells, and “markdown” cells with explanatory text. You will be running the code cells. These are distinguished by having “In” next to them in the left margin next to the cell, and a greyish background. Markdown cells lack “In” and have a white background. In the screenshot below, the upper cell is a markdown cell, while the lower cell is a code cell:


To run a code cell, simply click in it, then either click the Run Cell button in the notebook’s toolbar, or use Control+Enter from your computer’s keyboard. It may take a few seconds to a few minutes for a code cell to run. You can determine whether a cell is running by examining the In[]: indicator in the left margin next to each cell: a cell will show In [*]: when running, and In [a number]: when complete.

Please run each code cell in order, and only once, to avoid repeated operations. For example, running the same training job cell twice might create two training jobs, possibly exceeding your service limits.