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Anaconda (including conda) is installed on Linux desktop machines as an optional module. Use this instead of using pip with the distribution-supplied python within out desktop Ubuntu. There is a conda tutorial and a 'cheat sheet'.

As a simple test, use the following series of commands.

module load anaconda/python2/4.4.0
conda create -n test scipy

This installs numpy 1.13.1-py27_0 & scipy 0.19.1-np113py27_0 into the conda environment test created above. These are more recent package versions than those found within our installed distributions.

Follow the steps given in the pages on managing environments to activate the new conda environment test. The command would be as follows.

source activate test.

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