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Python crashes when executing memory_usage(deep=True) on a sparse series #19368

quale1 opened this Issue Jan 24, 2018 · 2 comments


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quale1 commented Jan 24, 2018

Code Sample, a copy-pastable example if possible

import pandas as pd

s = pd.Series([None])

# crashes - Kernel died, restarting

Problem description

Executing the memory_usage(deep=True) method on a sparse series crashes Python. (With deep=False the method works as expected.)

Expected Output

Output of pd.show_versions()


commit: None
python-bits: 64
OS: Windows
OS-release: 10
machine: AMD64
processor: Intel64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3, GenuineIntel
byteorder: little
LC_ALL: None
LANG: None
LOCALE: None.None

pandas: 0.22.0
pytest: 3.2.1
pip: 9.0.1
setuptools: 36.5.0.post20170921
Cython: 0.26.1
numpy: 1.13.3
scipy: 0.19.1
pyarrow: None
xarray: None
IPython: 6.1.0
sphinx: 1.6.3
patsy: 0.4.1
dateutil: 2.6.1
pytz: 2017.2
blosc: None
bottleneck: 1.2.1
tables: 3.4.2
numexpr: 2.6.2
feather: None
matplotlib: 2.1.0
openpyxl: 2.4.8
xlrd: 1.1.0
xlwt: 1.3.0
xlsxwriter: 1.0.2
lxml: 4.1.0
bs4: 4.6.0
html5lib: 0.999999999
sqlalchemy: 1.1.13
pymysql: None
psycopg2: None
jinja2: 2.9.6
s3fs: None
fastparquet: None
pandas_gbq: None
pandas_datareader: None


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jreback commented Jan 24, 2018

sparse is not fully test covered. a pull request to fix is welcome!

@jreback jreback added this to the Next Major Release milestone Jan 24, 2018

@hexgnu hexgnu referenced this issue Jan 29, 2018


BUG: don't assume series is length > 0 #19438

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hexgnu commented Jan 29, 2018

I hooked up gdb and tracked down the issue to inside of the lib.pyx which assumes that series's are of length > 0. I made a PR that should fix it, though we'll see how the tests chooch.

@jreback jreback modified the milestones: Next Major Release, 0.23.0 Feb 6, 2018

@jreback jreback closed this in a01f74c Feb 6, 2018

harisbal pushed a commit to harisbal/pandas that referenced this issue Feb 28, 2018

BUG: don't assume series is length > 0
closes pandas-dev#19368

Author: Matthew Kirk <>

Closes pandas-dev#19438 from hexgnu/segfault_memory_usage and squashes the following commits:

f9433d8 [Matthew Kirk] Use shared docstring and get rid of if condition
4ead141 [Matthew Kirk] Move whatsnew doc to Sparse
ae9f74d [Matthew Kirk] Revert
cdd4141 [Matthew Kirk] Fix linting error
93a0c3d [Matthew Kirk] Merge remote-tracking branch 'upstream/master' into segfault_memory_usage
207bc74 [Matthew Kirk] Define memory_usage on SparseArray
21ae147 [Matthew Kirk] FIX: revert change to lib.pyx
3f52a44 [Matthew Kirk] Ah ha I think I got it
5e59e9c [Matthew Kirk] Use range over 0 <= for loops
e251587 [Matthew Kirk] Fix failing test with indexing
27df317 [Matthew Kirk] Merge remote-tracking branch 'upstream/master' into segfault_memory_usage
7fdd03e [Matthew Kirk] Take out comment and use product
6bd6ddd [Matthew Kirk] BUG: don't assume series is length > 0
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