Flexible and powerful data analysis / manipulation library for Python, providing labeled data structures similar to R data.frame objects, statistical functions, and much more
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pandas: powerful Python data analysis toolkit

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What is it

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.

Main Features

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.

Where to get it

The source code is currently hosted on GitHub at: http://github.com/pandas-dev/pandas

Binary installers for the latest released version are available at the Python package index and on conda.

# conda
conda install pandas
# or PyPI
pip install pandas


See the full installation instructions for recommended and optional dependencies.

Installation from sources

To install pandas from source you need Cython in addition to the normal dependencies above. Cython can be installed from pypi:

pip install cython

In the pandas directory (same one where you found this file after cloning the git repo), execute:

python setup.py install

or for installing in development mode:

python setup.py develop

Alternatively, you can use pip if you want all the dependencies pulled in automatically (the -e option is for installing it in development mode):

pip install -e .

On Windows, you will need to install MinGW and execute:

python setup.py build --compiler=mingw32
python setup.py install

See http://pandas.pydata.org/ for more information.




The official documentation is hosted on PyData.org: http://pandas.pydata.org/

The Sphinx documentation should provide a good starting point for learning how to use the library. Expect the docs to continue to expand as time goes on.


Work on pandas started at AQR (a quantitative hedge fund) in 2008 and has been under active development since then.

Discussion and Development

Since pandas development is related to a number of other scientific Python projects, questions are welcome on the scipy-user mailing list. Specialized discussions or design issues should take place on the PyData mailing list / Google group: