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Data Manipulation with Pandas

Pandas apply() function

The Pandas apply() function can be used to apply a function on every value in a column or row of a DataFrame, and transform that column or row to the resulting values.

By default, it will apply a function to all values of a column. To perform it on a row instead, you can specify the argument axis=1 in the apply() function call.

# This function doubles the input value
def double(x):
return 2*x
# Apply this function to double every value in a specified column
df.column1 = df.column1.apply(double)
# Lambda functions can also be supplied to `apply()`
df.column2 = df.column2.apply(lambda x : 3*x)
# Applying to a row requires it to be called on the entire DataFrame
df['newColumn'] = df.apply(lambda row:
row['column1'] * 1.5 + row['column2'],

Pandas DataFrames adding columns

Pandas DataFrames allow for the addition of columns after the DataFrame has already been created, by using the format df['newColumn'] and setting it equal to the new column’s value.

# Specifying each value in the new column:
df['newColumn'] = [1, 2, 3, 4]
# Setting each row in the new column to the same value:
df['newColumn'] = 1
# Creating a new column by doing a
# calculation on an existing column:
df['newColumn'] = df['oldColumn'] * 5

Pandas DataFrame creation

The fundamental Pandas object is called a DataFrame. It is a 2-dimensional size-mutable, potentially heterogeneous, tabular data structure.

A DataFrame can be created multiple ways. It can be created by passing in a dictionary or a list of lists to the pd.DataFrame() method, or by reading data from a CSV file.

# Ways of creating a Pandas DataFrame
# Passing in a dictionary:
data = {'name':['Anthony', 'Maria'], 'age':[30, 28]}
df = pd.DataFrame(data)
# Passing in a list of lists:
data = [['Tom', 20], ['Jack', 30], ['Meera', 25]]
df = pd.DataFrame(data, columns = ['Name', 'Age'])
# Reading data from a csv file:
df = pd.read_csv('students.csv')


Pandas is an open source library that is used to analyze data in Python. It takes in data, like a CSV or SQL database, and creates an object with rows and columns called a data frame. Pandas is typically imported with the alias pd.

import pandas as pd