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"errors" parameter has no effect on pd.DataFrame.astype if a dictionary is passed in as the dtype argument #25905

nandrea1 opened this issue Mar 28, 2019 · 2 comments


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commented Mar 28, 2019

Code Sample, a copy-pastable example if possible

Given the code sample below:

data_df = pd.DataFrame([{'col_a': '1', 'col_b': '16.5%', 'col_c': 'test'},
                        {'col_a': '2.2', 'col_b': '15.3', 'col_c': 'another_test'}
type_dict = {'col_a': 'float64', 'col_b': 'float64', 'col_c': 'object}
data_df = data_df.astype(dtype=type_dict, errors='ignore')

Problem description

Pandas will raise the error ValueError: could not convert string to float: '16.5%' despite the fact that the errors='ignore' parameter was passed in. This is probable due to the implementation of astype, as can be seen in lines 5658 - 5680

        if is_dict_like(dtype):
            if self.ndim == 1:  # i.e. Series
                if len(dtype) > 1 or not in dtype:
                    raise KeyError('Only the Series name can be used for '
                                   'the key in Series dtype mappings.')
                new_type = dtype[]
                return self.astype(new_type, copy, errors, **kwargs)
            elif self.ndim > 2:
                raise NotImplementedError(
                    'astype() only accepts a dtype arg of type dict when '
                    'invoked on Series and DataFrames. A single dtype must be '
                    'specified when invoked on a Panel.'
            for col_name in dtype.keys():
                if col_name not in self:
                    raise KeyError('Only a column name can be used for the '
                                   'key in a dtype mappings argument.')
            results = []
            for col_name, col in self.iteritems():
                if col_name in dtype:
                    results.append(col.astype(dtype[col_name], copy=copy))
                    results.append(results.append(col.copy() if copy else col))

Expected Output

One would expect the pd.DataFrame to successfully type cast, leaving the col_b as an np.object type


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commented Mar 28, 2019

I believe this is what #25888 is trying to solve

johnklehm added a commit to johnklehm/pandas that referenced this issue Mar 29, 2019

Update the test data to relfect pandas-dev#25905. Add an explicit che…
…ck for the absense of the exception we'd normally throw. Assert the resulting dataframe against a reference dataframe. Move the test case to test_dtypes.

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commented Apr 1, 2019

Closed via #25888

@WillAyd WillAyd closed this Apr 1, 2019

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