1.1. Pandas

Pandas is a Python package providing fast, flexible, and expressive data structures designed to make working with "relational" or "labeled" data both easy and intuitive. It aims to be the fundamental high-level building block for doing practical, real world data analysis in Python. Additionally, it has the broader goal of becoming the most powerful and flexible open source data analysis / manipulation tool available in any language. It is already well on its way toward this goal. Here are just a few of the things that pandas does well:

  • Easy handling of missing data (represented as NaN) in floating point as well as non-floating point data

  • Size mutability: columns can be inserted and deleted from DataFrame and higher dimensional objects

  • Automatic and explicit data alignment: objects can be explicitly aligned to a set of labels, or the user can simply ignore the labels and let Series, DataFrame, etc. automatically align the data for you in computations

  • Powerful, flexible group by functionality to perform split-apply-combine operations on data sets, for both aggregating and transforming data

  • Make it easy to convert ragged, differently-indexed data in other Python and NumPy data structures into DataFrame objects

  • Intelligent label-based slicing, fancy indexing, and subsetting of large data sets

  • Intuitive merging and joining data sets

  • Flexible reshaping and pivoting of data sets

  • Hierarchical labeling of axes (possible to have multiple labels per tick)

  • Robust IO tools for loading data from flat files (CSV and delimited), Excel files, databases, and saving/loading data from the ultrafast HDF5 format

  • Time series-specific functionality: date range generation and frequency conversion, moving window statistics, moving window linear regressions, date shifting and lagging, etc.

1.1.1. Install

$ pip install pandas
$ pip install --upgrade pandas

1.1.2. Import

import pandas as pd

# '1.1.1'

1.1.3. Workflow


Figure 1.11. Pandas workflow