Python Data Frame

Data frame is an object that is useful in representing data in the form of rows and columns.For example, the data may come from a file or an Excel spreadsheet or from a Python sequence like a list or tuple. We can represent that data in the form of a data frame. Once the data is stored into the data frame, we can perform various operations that are useful in analyzing and understanding the data.

Data frames are generally created from .csv (comma separated values) files, Excel spreadsheet files, Python dictionaries, list of tuples or list of dictionaries.

Python contains pandas which is a package useful for data analysis and manipulation. Also, xlrd is a package that is useful to retrieve data from Excel files. We should download these packages separately as they are developed by third-party people. DataFrame is the main object in pandas package. We will first discuss various ways of creating data frame objects.

Creating Data Frame from an Excel Spreadsheet

Let us assume that we have a large volume of data present in an Excel spreadsheet file by the name 'empdata.xlsx',

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To create the data frames, we should first import the pandas package. We may need xlrd package also that is useful in extracting data from Excel files. To read the data from Excel file, we should use read_excel() function of pandas package in the following format:

read_excel('file path, 'sheet number')

Open the Python IDLE window and type the commands as shown below:

Python IDLE window

Thus, we created the data frame by the name 'df'.Please observe the first column having numbers from 0 to 5.This additional column is called 'index column' and added by the data frame.

Creating Data Frame from .csv Files

In many cases, the data will be in the form of .csv files. A .csv file is a comma-separated values file that is similar to an Excel file but it takes less memory. We can create the .csv file by saving the Excel file using the option: File -> Save As and typing the following:

File name: empdata

Save as type: CSV (Comma delimited)

We can read data from a .csv file using read_csv() function that takes the file path as shown below:

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Creating Data Frame from a Python Dictionary

It is possible to create a Python dictionary that contains employee data. Let us remember that a dictionary stores data in the form of key-value pairs.In this case, we take 'EmpId', 'Ename', 'Sal', 'DoJ' as keys and corresponding lists as values.Let us first create a dictionary by the name 'empdata' as shown below:




   EmpId     Ename    	Sal             DoJ
0   1001      Balu  		25000       30-6-2014
1   1002      Gautham  	36500       25-12-2016
2   1003      Gani  		45200       24-5-2015
3   1004      Siddarth  	32000       16-5-2013
4   1005      Subbu  	 18500       22-11-2018
5   1006      Jai  		26000       19-8-2012

Creating Data Frame from Python List of Tuples

It is possible to create a list of tuples that contains employee data.A tuple can be treated as a row of data.Suppose, if we want to store the data of 6 employees, we have to create 6 tuples.Let us first create a list of 6 tuples by the name 'empdata' as shown below:

>>> empdata = [(1001, 'Ganesh Rao', 10000.00, '10-10-2000'), (1002, 'Anil Kumar', 23000.50, '3-20-2002'), (1003, 'Gaurav Gupta', 18000.33, '03-03-2002'), (1004, 'Hema Chandra', 16500.50, '10-09-2000'), (1005, 'Laxmi Prasanna', 12000.75, '08-10-2000'), (1006, 'Anant Nag', 9999.99, '09-09-1999')]

Now, let us convert this list of tuples into a data frame by passing this dictionary to DataFrame class object as:

>>> df = pd.DataFrame(empdata, columns=["eno", "ename", "sal", "doj"])

Since the original list of tuples does not have column names, we have to include the column names while creating the data frame as shown in the preceding statement.

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