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Name fads: Python: Data Analysis
Name fads: Python: Data Analysis

Join for an in-depth discussion in this video Name fads, part of Python: Data Analysis.

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Skill Level Intermediate
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Q: The course shows how to download files from FTP and web servers using Python 3.X. How do I do the same thing with Python 2.7?

A: First import urllib, then use urllib.urlretrieve(URL,filename). For instance, to download the stations.txt files used in the chapter 5 video “Downloading and parsing data files,” you’d do urllib.urlretrieve(‘','stations.txt').

Q. What are the issues with DataFrame.sort()?

A: Since Pandas version 0.18, the DataFrame method sort() was removed in favor of sort_values(). Unlike sort(), the new method does not sort records in place unless it is given the option "inplace=True". The following lines of code in the video need changing: 

  • In Chapter 6: Introduction to Pandas/DataFrames in iPandas
    • twoyears = twoyears.sort('2015',ascending=False) -> twoyears = twoyears.sort_values('2015',ascending=False)

  • In Chapter 7: Baby names with Pandas/A yearly top ten
    • allyears_indexed.loc['M',:,2008].sort_values('number',ascending=False).head()
    • pop2008 = allyears_indexed.loc['M',:,2008].sort_values('number',ascending=False).head()
    • def topten(sex,year):
      • simple = allyears_indexed.loc[sex,:,year].sort_values('number',ascending=False).reset_index()

  • In Chapter 7: Baby names with Pandas/Name Fads
    • [in addition to lines above, which are used to initialize the "name fads" computation]
    • spiky_common = spiky_common.sort_values(ascending=False)
    • spiky_common = spiky_common.sort_values(ascending=False); spiky_common.head(10)

  • In Chapter 7: Baby names with Pandas/Solution
    • [in addition to lines above, which are used to initialize the "name fads" computation]
    • totals_both = totals_both.sort_values(ascending=False)

Q. What are the issues with Pandas categorical data?

A. Since version 0.6, seaborn.load_dataset converts certain columns to Pandas categorical data (see This creates a problem in the handling of the "flights" DataFrame used in "Introduction to Pandas/Using multilevel indices". To avoid the problem, you may load the dataset directly with Pandas:


Q. What are the issues with matplotlib.pyplot.stackplot?  

A. In recent versions of matplotlib, the function matplotlib.pyplot.stackplot now throws an error if given the keyword argument "label". This problem occurs in the "Baby names with Pandas/Name popularity" exercise file, and it can be ignored. In the video, matplotlib does not complain, but nevertheless shows no legend for the plot. The tutorial moves on to show how to make a legend using matplotlib.pyplot.text.

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Big Data Developer IT Programming Languages Pandas NumPy Python

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