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wide_to_long does not convert integer suffixes to int #17627

tdpetrou opened this Issue Sep 22, 2017 · 3 comments


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tdpetrou commented Sep 22, 2017

Code Sample, a copy-pastable example if possible

>>> df = pd.DataFrame({
                'A_1': [1.0, 2.0],
                'A_2': [3.0, 4.0],
                'X': ['X1', 'X2']})

   A_1  A_2   X
0  1.0  3.0  X1
1  2.0  4.0  X2

>>> df2 = pd.wide_to_long(df, stubnames='A', i='X', j='num', sep='_')
X  num     
X1 1    1.0
X2 1    2.0
X1 2    3.0
X2 2    4.0

>>> df2.reset_index().dtypes
X       object
num     object
A      float64
dtype: object

Problem description

wide_to_long should attempt to coerce integer strings to ints. I have a pull request ready for this.

Additionally, I'd think it might be good to deprecate wide_to_long and lreshape in favor of expanded melt functionality.

Expected Output

>>> df2.reset_index().dtypes
X       object
num     int64
A      float64
dtype: object

Output of pd.show_versions()


commit: None
python-bits: 64
OS: Darwin
OS-release: 15.6.0
machine: x86_64
processor: i386
byteorder: little
LC_ALL: None

pandas: 0.20.3
pytest: 3.0.7
pip: 9.0.1
setuptools: 35.0.2
Cython: 0.25.2
numpy: 1.13.1
scipy: 0.19.0
xarray: None
IPython: 6.0.0
sphinx: 1.5.5
patsy: 0.4.1
dateutil: 2.6.1
pytz: 2017.2
blosc: None
bottleneck: 1.2.0
tables: 3.4.2
numexpr: 2.6.2
feather: None
matplotlib: 2.0.2
openpyxl: 2.4.7
xlrd: 1.0.0
xlwt: 1.2.0
xlsxwriter: 0.9.6
lxml: 3.7.3
bs4: 4.6.0
html5lib: 0.9999999
sqlalchemy: 1.1.9
pymysql: None
psycopg2: None
jinja2: 2.9.6
s3fs: None
pandas_gbq: None

@tdpetrou tdpetrou referenced this issue Sep 22, 2017


BUG: coerce pd.wide_to_long suffixes to ints #17628

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jreback commented Sep 22, 2017

xref #15003


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jreback commented Sep 22, 2017

cc @TomAugspurger

seems reasonble.


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tdpetrou commented Sep 22, 2017

One other thing...if the suffixes are floats and not ints, we could try to cast them to floats as well.

Edit - I went ahead and added a line to cast to float if it was still an object after attempting to cast to int.

@jreback jreback modified the milestones: 0.21.0, Next Major Release Sep 28, 2017

@jreback jreback modified the milestones: Next Major Release, 0.22.0 Nov 19, 2017

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