How can you get more performance from your existing data science infrastructure? What if a DataFrame library could take advantage of your machine’s available cores and provide built-in methods for handling larger-than-RAM datasets? This week on the show, Liam Brannigan is here to discuss Polars.

Liam is an experienced data scientist working in finance, technology, and environmental analysis. He’s recently started contributing to the documentation for Polars and developing a training course for the library.

We talk about the library’s overall speed and lack of additional dependencies. Liam explains the advantages of lazy vs eager mode and which to choose when performing data exploration or attempting to load a dataset larger than your RAM.

We also discuss potential barriers to switching to Polars from a pandas workflow. Across our conversation, we explore several other libraries and technologies, including Apache Arrow, DuckDB, query optimization, and the “rustification” of Python tools.

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Show Topics:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:02:06 – Liam’s background and intro to Polars
  • 00:03:37 – Hurdles to switching to Polars
  • 00:05:23 – Creating training resources
  • 00:08:15 – No index
  • 00:09:46 – Data science 2025 predictions
  • 00:12:02 – Contributions to Polars
  • 00:15:07 – Eager vs lazy mode & query optimization
  • 00:19:25 – Sponsor: Anaconda Nucleus
  • 00:20:00 – Apache Arrow and parquet
  • 00:24:43 – DuckDB and column orientation
  • 00:29:27 – The “rustification” of libraries
  • 00:34:49 – Video Course Spotlight
  • 00:36:16 – GPUs and memory requirements
  • 00:45:49 – No additional library requirements
  • 00:47:37 – Development of the ecosystem
  • 00:51:33 – Chaining operations
  • 00:53:39 – How can people follow your work?
  • 00:54:51 – What are you excited about in the world of Python?
  • 00:56:09 – What do you want to learn next?
  • 00:56:58 – Thanks and goodbye

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