datatest: Test driven data-wrangling and data validation
Datatest helps speed up and formalize data-wrangling and data validation tasks. It repurposes software testing practices for data preparation and quality assurance projects. Datatest can help you:
- Save time when cleaning and wrangling data.
- Maintain a record of checks and decisions regarding important data sets.
- Distinguish between ideal and acceptible criteria.
- Measure progress of data preparation tasks.
- On-board new team members with an explicit and structured process.
Datatest has no hard dependencies; supports Python 2.6, 2.7, 3.1 through 3.8, PyPy, and PyPy3; and is freely available under the Apache License, version 2.
The easiest way to install datatest is to use pip:
pip install datatest
To upgrade an existing installation, use the "
pip install --upgrade datatest
If you need bug-fixes or features that are not available in the current stable release, you can "pip install" the development version directly from GitHub:
pip install --upgrade https://github.com/shawnbrown/datatest/archive/master.zip
All of the usual caveats for a development install should apply---only use this version if you can risk some instability or if you know exactly what you're doing. While care is taken to never break the build, it can happen.
If you need to review and test packages before installing, you can install datatest manually.
Download the latest source distribution from the Python Package Index (PyPI):
https://pypi.org/project/datatest/ (navigate to "Download files")
Unpack the file (replacing X.Y.Z with the appropriate version number) and review the source code:
tar xvfz datatest-X.Y.Z.tar.gz
Change to the unpacked directory and run the tests:
cd datatest-X.Y.Z python setup.py test
Don't worry if some of the tests are skipped. Tests for optional data sources (like pandas DataFrames or MS Excel files) are skipped when the related third-party packages are not installed.
If the source code and test results are satisfactory, install the package:
python setup.py install
Tested on Python 2.6, 2.7, 3.1 through 3.8, PyPy, and PyPy3. Datatest is pure Python and may also run on other implementations as well (check using "setup.py test" before installing).
If you have existing tests that use API features which have changed since 0.8.0, you can still run your old code by adding the following import to the beginning of each file:
from datatest.__past__ import api08
To maintain existing test code, this project makes a best-effort attempt to provide backward compatibility support for older features. The API will be improved in the future but only in measured and sustainable ways.
All of the data used at the National Committee for an Effective Congress has been checked with datatest for several years so there is, already, a large and growing codebase that relies on current features and must be maintained into the future.
There are no hard, third-party dependencies. But if you want to
interface with pandas DataFrames, MS Excel workbooks, or other
optional data sources, you will need to install the relevant
Older Pythons (3.1 and 2.6)
While datatest supports Python 3.1 and 2.6, some earlier builds
of these versions were bundled with an older version of SQLite
that is not compatible with datatest. The
sqlite3 package is
part of the Python Standard Library and some features of datatest
use it for internal data handling---though users never need to
use the package directly.
If you must use one of these older Python versions and you are experiencing issues, it is recommended that you upgrade to the latest patch release (currently Python 3.1.5 or Python 2.6.9).
The development repository for
datatest is hosted on
Freely licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0
Copyright 2014 - 2019 National Committee for an Effective Congress, et al.