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AmbiguousTimeError when constructing a Series with DST change #11626

JackKelly opened this Issue Nov 17, 2015 · 1 comment


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JackKelly commented Nov 17, 2015

In Pandas 0.17, if I construct a Series which contains a day light saving transition, then Pandas crashes with an AmbiguousTimeError.

Here's the minimal code example to reproduce the bug:

import pandas as pd
index = pd.date_range("2013-10-26 23:00", "2013-10-27 01:00",
                      tz="Europe/London", freq="H")
series = pd.Series(0, index=index)

And here's the traceback:

In [4]: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
AmbiguousTimeError                        Traceback (most recent call last)
<ipython-input-4-5deb3c83fafd> in <module>()
----> 1 __pyfile = open('''/tmp/py7201vZi''');exec(compile(, '''/home/jack/temp/''', 'exec'));__pyfile.close(); import os; os.remove('''/tmp/py7201vZi''')

/home/jack/temp/ in <module>()
      2 index = pd.date_range("2013-10-26 23:00", "2013-10-27 01:00",
      3                       tz="Europe/London", freq="H")
----> 4 series = pd.Series(0, index=index)

/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pandas/tseries/index.pyc in date_range(start, end, periods, freq, tz, normalize, name, closed)
   1912     return DatetimeIndex(start=start, end=end, periods=periods,
   1913                          freq=freq, tz=tz, normalize=normalize, name=name,
-> 1914                          closed=closed)

/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pandas/util/decorators.pyc in wrapper(*args, **kwargs)
     87                 else:
     88                     kwargs[new_arg_name] = new_arg_value
---> 89             return func(*args, **kwargs)
     90         return wrapper
     91     return _deprecate_kwarg

/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pandas/tseries/index.pyc in __new__(cls, data, freq, start, end, periods, copy, name, tz, verify_integrity, normalize, closed, ambiguous, dtype, **kwargs)
    234             return cls._generate(start, end, periods, name, freq,
    235                                  tz=tz, normalize=normalize, closed=closed,
--> 236                                  ambiguous=ambiguous)
    238         if not isinstance(data, (np.ndarray, Index, ABCSeries)):

/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pandas/tseries/index.pyc in _generate(cls, start, end, periods, name, offset, tz, normalize, ambiguous, closed)
    451                 if end is not None and is None:
--> 452                     end = end.tz_localize(tz)
    454             if start and end:

pandas/tslib.pyx in pandas.tslib.Timestamp.tz_localize (pandas/tslib.c:11965)()

pandas/tslib.pyx in pandas.tslib.tz_localize_to_utc (pandas/tslib.c:64516)()

AmbiguousTimeError: Cannot infer dst time from Timestamp('2013-10-27 01:00:00'), try using the 'ambiguous' argument

I'm not certain but I expect this bug is related to #11619

This bug report follows on from #11624

I'm 99.999% certain that this bug did not exist in Pandas 0.16.2

In [30]: show_versions()

commit: None
python-bits: 64
OS: Linux
OS-release: 3.19.0-33-generic
machine: x86_64
processor: x86_64
byteorder: little
LC_ALL: None

pandas: 0.17.0
nose: 1.3.7
pip: 1.5.6
setuptools: 15.2
Cython: 0.23.1
numpy: 1.10.1
scipy: 0.16.0
statsmodels: 0.6.1
IPython: 4.0.0
sphinx: 1.2.3
patsy: 0.3.0
dateutil: 2.4.2
pytz: 2015.7
blosc: None
bottleneck: None
tables: 3.2.2
numexpr: 2.4.6
matplotlib: 1.4.3
openpyxl: None
xlrd: 0.9.2
xlwt: None
xlsxwriter: None
lxml: None
bs4: 4.3.2
html5lib: 0.999
httplib2: 0.9
apiclient: None
sqlalchemy: None
pymysql: None
psycopg2: 2.5.3 (dt dec pq3 ext)

Finally, just to say another huge thank you to everyone who supports Pandas. It must be a huge amount of work and I am hugely grateful. Pandas is an awesome tool. Thank you.


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JackKelly Nov 17, 2015


amazing, thank you! That fixes the problem for me!


JackKelly commented Nov 17, 2015

amazing, thank you! That fixes the problem for me!

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