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Transforming Index to Column in Pandas DataFrames

Converting Index to Column in Pandas DataFrame

Have you ever found yourself working with a Pandas DataFrame and realized that the index would be more useful as a column? Fortunately, Pandas provides a simple and quick solution to this problem through the df.reset_index() method.

Using df.reset_index() to convert index to column

To convert an index to a column in your Pandas DataFrame, you can simply call the reset_index() method on your DataFrame. The result will be a new DataFrame with the index as a new column.

Here’s an example:

“`

import pandas as pd

# create sample dataframe

df = pd.DataFrame({

‘Name’: [‘Alice’, ‘Bob’, ‘Charlie’],

‘Age’: [25, 30, 35]

})

# add index

df.index = [‘a’, ‘b’, ‘c’]

# reset index to column

new_df = df.reset_index()

print(new_df)

“`

Output:

“`

index Name Age

0 a Alice 25

1 b Bob 30

2 c Charlie 35

“`

As you can see, the index has been converted into a new column named ‘index’. By default, it is named after the current index name, if the current index name is None or NaN, the column name defaults to “index”.

Renaming the header of the new column

You may find that the header of the new column isn’t what you want it to be. In that case, you can use the df.rename() method to change the column name.

Here’s an example:

“`

import pandas as pd

# create sample dataframe

df = pd.DataFrame({

‘Name’: [‘Alice’, ‘Bob’, ‘Charlie’],

‘Age’: [25, 30, 35]

})

# add index

df.index = [‘a’, ‘b’, ‘c’]

# reset index to column

new_df = df.reset_index()

# rename column

new_df = new_df.rename(columns={‘index’: ‘ID’})

print(new_df)

“`

Output:

“`

ID Name Age

0 a Alice 25

1 b Bob 30

2 c Charlie 35

“`

As you can see, the header of the new column has been changed to ‘ID’. You can rename the column to any name you like by passing a dictionary to the columns parameter of df.rename().

Converting MultiIndex to Multiple Columns in Pandas DataFrame

Sometimes, you may find yourself working with a Pandas DataFrame that has multiple indices (also known as a MultiIndex). In this case, you can convert the MultiIndex to multiple columns using the df.reset_index() method.

Creating a DataFrame with MultiIndex

Before we convert a MultiIndex to multiple columns, let’s first create a DataFrame with a MultiIndex. Here’s an example:

“`

import pandas as pd

# create sample dataframe with MultiIndex

arrays = [[‘bar’, ‘bar’, ‘baz’, ‘baz’, ‘foo’, ‘foo’, ‘qux’, ‘qux’],

[‘one’, ‘two’, ‘one’, ‘two’, ‘one’, ‘two’, ‘one’, ‘two’]]

tuples = list(zip(*arrays))

index = pd.MultiIndex.from_tuples(tuples, names=[‘Type’, ‘SubType’])

df = pd.DataFrame({‘A’: [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8],

‘B’: [10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80],

‘C’: [100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800]},

index=index)

print(df)

“`

Output:

“`

A B C

Type SubType

bar one 1 10 100

two 2 20 200

baz one 3 30 300

two 4 40 400

foo one 5 50 500

two 6 60 600

qux one 7 70 700

two 8 80 800

“`

As you can see, this DataFrame has a MultiIndex with two levels (‘Type’ and ‘SubType’). Using df.reset_index() to convert MultiIndex into multiple columns

To convert the MultiIndex to multiple columns, you can call the reset_index() method on the DataFrame.

By default, all levels of the index will become columns. Here’s an example:

“`

# reset MultiIndex to columns

new_df = df.reset_index()

print(new_df)

“`

Output:

“`

Type SubType A B C

0 bar one 1 10 100

1 bar two 2 20 200

2 baz one 3 30 300

3 baz two 4 40 400

4 foo one 5 50 500

5 foo two 6 60 600

6 qux one 7 70 700

7 qux two 8 80 800

“`

As you can see, the MultiIndex has been converted into multiple columns. You can now access each level of the MultiIndex data as a separate column.

Selecting a specific index to become a new column

If you only want to convert a specific level of the MultiIndex to a column, you can use the level parameter of df.reset_index(). Here’s an example:

“`

# reset only ‘Type’ index to column

new_df = df.reset_index(level=[‘Type’])

print(new_df)

“`

Output:

“`

Type SubType A B C

0 bar one 1 10 100

1 bar two 2 20 200

2 baz one 3 30 300

3 baz two 4 40 400

4 foo one 5 50 500

5 foo two 6 60 600

6 qux one 7 70 700

7 qux two 8 80 800

“`

As you can see, only the ‘Type’ level of the MultiIndex has been converted into a new column. The ‘SubType’ level is still an index.

In summary, this article discussed two useful methods in Pandas DataFrame. The first is the df.reset_index() method which can be used to convert the index to a column in the DataFrame.

The second is the conversion of MultiIndex to multiple columns using df.reset_index() method taking into consideration to select specific index to become a new column. Through clear examples, we have seen how to implement these methods and how to rename columns.

These methods are essential in data analysis and manipulation, and can significantly improve the usability of a Pandas DataFrame. By mastering these techniques, you will be able to better manipulate and analyze data, which is an important skill for any data scientist or analyst.

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