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Deleting and Inserting Rows in a DataFrame

00:00 pandas provides several convenient ways to delete and insert rows and columns in a DataFrame. Let’s first work with rows.

00:09 Now, we’ve seen before that a row in a DataFrame is a pandas Series object. So for example, let’s take a look at the row with label 16.

00:20 This is the last row in our DataFrame, and this is a Series object, a pandas Series object. And the same thing for a column—for example, the age column. That’s also a pandas Series object.

00:35 Now, a Series object is like a NumPy array that has labels—access labels. These are called, as we know, the index. So for example, if I take a look at the last row, the index is going to be the columns of the DataFrame where we extracted the Series object. In this case, it’s name, city, age, and py-score. Also notice that it’s got this Name attribute, which in this case is 16, which corresponds to the row label in the original DataFrame.

01:07 So for example, if I take a look at .name here, we’re going to get 16. And if we do a similar thing with the column—say, for example, 'age'

01:17 in this case, the .name is going to be 'age'. And if we see the whole thing, in this case, the index is going to be 10 through 16.

01:26 So, a way to think about what a pandas DataFrame is, is just a collection of Series objects, whether you view them as rows or whether you view them as columns.

01:35 This gives us a way to think about how we can add either rows or columns to a DataFrame. So, for example, let’s suppose we wanted to add a new row corresponding to a new job candidate. So, for example, let’s suppose this is going to be a job candidate named john. Let’s create a Series object, so we call the constructor Series() from the pandas module.

02:01 This is going to take a couple of keyword arguments. So, datathis is going to be the actual data representing this new row, which is going to be we need a name, a city, an age, and, of course, a py-score.

02:15 So we’re going to give this name, again, 'John'. John’s from 'Boston'.

02:22 John is 34 and he scored 79 in his Python test.

02:27 Now, we also want to give this series a index. And in this case, because we’re going to be creating a new row that we’re going to be adding to the DataFrame, we want the index… As we saw, when we pull out a row, we want the index to be the same as the column labels of the DataFrame.

02:44 So we’re going to pass in for the keyword argument index the column labels of our DataFrame, which we know we can access via the .columns method.

02:53 And then we’re going to pass in a new name, and the name is going to be the row label that we want to associate with this new row that we’re going to be adding, which, in this case, we’re going to put as 17. All right, so that creates a new Series object. Let’s go ahead and run that.

03:10 And now what we’ll do is add this using the .append() method. So on the DataFrame, we’ve got the .append() method. A very similar way to think about this as appending an element to a list.

03:23 In this case, we’re appending a row, and this is going to be a Series object, and we want to append the john Series object that we just created. Now, this is going to append this new row to the DataFrame, but it’s going to return a new DataFrame.

03:38 We’re going to redefine the new DataFrame to be the same df that we’ve been using all along. And so if we take a look at the DataFrame,

03:49 we’ve got that new row corresponding to label 17, with the information for the john candidate. Now to drop a row, we’re going to use the .drop() method.

03:59 So if we go .drop() and then we pass in what labels, what rows, we want to drop, we pass in a keyword argument for labels, and this can be a list or it can be a single label. In this case, we’re going to drop the last row that we just added. And if we want, we’ll save this in the same name df. And in this case, what’s happening is .drop() is going to retain a new DataFrame, and so we can simply reassign the value of df. So by default, the .drop() method returns the pandas DataFrame with the specified rows removed.

04:34 In this case, we’re just removing one with label 17. But there’s also a keyword argument called inplace, which actually exists for many of the methods in pandas. The default value is False, and so if we were to pass a value of True, then in this case, the original DataFrame will be modified by removing that row, and what you’ll get is your return value of None.

04:58 So we can either do it the way that we were just about to do it, or if we do it this way, then we take a look at the DataFrame and we’ve removed that last row.

05:10 All right! So, in this lesson, we’ve seen how we can delete and insert rows in a DataFrame. In the next lesson, let’s see how we can do this with columns.

Orlando Borden on April 24, 2022

FYI, the append method is being deprecated.

“The frame.append method is deprecated and will be removed from pandas in a future version. Use pandas.concat instead.”

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