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Test Driven Data Analysis

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The simplest way to install all of the TDDA Python modules is using pip:

pip install tdda

The full set of sources, including all examples, are downloadable from PyPi with:

pip download –no-binary :all: tdda

The sources are also publicly available from Github:

git clone

Documentation is available at

If you clone the Github repo, use

python install

afterwards to install the command-line tools (tdda and rexpy).

Level 0:

The tdda.referencetest library is used to support the creation of reference tests, based on either unittest or pytest.

These are like other tests except:

  1. They have special support for comparing strings to files and files to files.
  2. That support includes the ability to provide exclusion patterns (for things like dates and versions that might be in the output).
  3. When a string/file assertion fails, it spits out the command you need to diff the output.
  4. If there were exclusion patterns, it also writes modified versions of both the actual and expected output and also prints the diff command needed to compare those.
  5. They have special support for handling CSV files.
  6. It supports flags (-w and -W) to rewrite the reference (expected) results once you have confirmed that the new actuals are correct.

The package includes docstrings, available with:

>>> from tdda import referencetest
>>> help(referencetest)

For more details from a source distribution or checkout, see the file and examples in the referencetest subdirectory.

Level 1:

The tdda.constraints library is used to ‘discover’ constraints from a (Pandas) DataFrame, write them out as JSON, and to verify that datasets meet the constraints in the constraints file.

For usage details:

>>> from tdda import constraints
>>> help(constraints)

For more details from a source distribution or checkout, see the file and examples in the constraints subdirectory.

The tdda repository also includes rexpy, a tool for automatically inferring regular expressions from a single field of data examples.

The package also has doc strings, which you can see with:

>>> from tdda import rexpy
>>> help(rexpy)


Resources on these topics include:

All examples, tests and code should run under Python2 and Python3.

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