# Unleashing the Potential of Pandas: Finding Max Value in Each Row

Maximizing the Potential of Your Pandas DataFrame: Uncovering the Maximum Value in Each Row

As data scientists, one of the essential tasks we perform regularly is finding the maximum value in each row of a Pandas DataFrame. Whether we’re working with massive datasets or smaller ones, discovering the maximum value of every data point is crucial in making informed decisions.

Fortunately, with the Pandas library, we can achieve this without breaking a sweat. In this article, we’ll explore various ways to find the maximum value in each row of a Pandas DataFrame.

## Syntax for Finding the Max Value in Each Row

When working with data, knowing the right syntax can make your job more manageable. Let’s start by exploring the syntax for finding the maximum value in each row of a Pandas DataFrame.

The primary keywords we’ll be focusing on are max value, row, and syntax. To find the maximum value in each row of a Pandas DataFrame, we can call the ‘max’ method on the DataFrame with an ‘axis’ argument.

The ‘axis’ argument is essential because it tells Pandas which direction to perform the operation. To find the maximum value of each row, we’ll set the ‘axis’ argument to 1 or ‘columns.’ The full syntax is as follows:

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df.max(axis=1)

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In this example, ‘df’ represents the Pandas DataFrame we’re working with.

## Example of Finding Max Value in Each Row

Let’s delve into an example that shows how to find the maximum value in each row of a Pandas DataFrame. First, we’ll need to import Pandas and create a DataFrame with some sample data.

Suppose we want to create a DataFrame that shows the points and rebounds of some basketball players. Here is the code:

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## import numpy as np

data = {‘Player’: [‘Anthony Davis’, ‘LeBron James’, ‘Stephen Curry’],

‘Points’: [28.1, 25.4, np.NaN],

‘Rebounds’: [11.1, 7.9, 4.5]}

df = pd.DataFrame(data)

“`

In this example, we’ve created a DataFrame that contains the player’s name, points, and rebounds. Notice that we’ve included a ‘NaN’ value in the ‘Points’ column.

This is because, in reality, some players might not have played enough games to score points. To find the maximum value in each row of the DataFrame, we can call the ‘max’ method with the ‘axis’ argument set to 1.

## Here is the code:

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df[‘Max_Value’] = df.max(axis=1)

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In this example, we’ve created a new column called ‘Max_Value’ that contains the maximum value of each row. The output of this code is:

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Player Points Rebounds Max_Value

0 Anthony Davis 28.1 11.1 28.1

1 LeBron James 25.4 7.9 25.4

2 Stephen Curry NaN 4.5 4.5

“`

Notice that in row two, we’ve replaced the NaN value with the maximum value in that row, which is 4.5.

## Creating a New Column for Max Value in Each Row

While the previous example is useful, we might want to have a separate column that contains the maximum value of each row. Fortunately, creating a new column in a Pandas DataFrame is simple.

Here are the primary keywords we’ll be focusing on: new column, max, axis, and NaN. To create a new column for the maximum value in each row of a Pandas DataFrame, we can call the ‘max’ method on the DataFrame with an ‘axis’ argument and use the ‘assign’ method to create the new column.

## Here is the code:

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df = df.assign(Max_Value=df.max(axis=1))

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In this example, we’ve assigned the output of the ‘max’ method to a new column called ‘Max_Value.’ The output of this code is as follows:

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Player Points Rebounds Max_Value

0 Anthony Davis 28.1 11.1 28.1

1 LeBron James 25.4 7.9 25.4

2 Stephen Curry NaN 4.5 4.5

“`

Notice that we’ve created a new column called ‘Max_Value,’ which contains the maximum value of each row.

## Finding Max Value in Each Row for Specific Columns

Finally, we might want to find the maximum value of only specific columns in a Pandas DataFrame. For instance, we might want to find the maximum value of the ‘Points’ and ‘Rebounds’ columns only.

Here are the primary keywords we’ll focus on: specific columns, points, rebounds, and max. To find the maximum value of specific columns in a Pandas DataFrame, we can call the ‘max’ method on the DataFrame and specify the columns we want to consider.

## Here is the code:

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df[‘Max_Value’] = df[[‘Points’, ‘Rebounds’]].max(axis=1)

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In this example, we’ve created a new column called ‘Max_Value’ and specified that only the ‘Points’ and ‘Rebounds’ columns should be considered. The output of this code is as follows:

“`

Player Points Rebounds Max_Value

0 Anthony Davis 28.1 11.1 28.1

1 LeBron James 25.4 7.9 25.4

2 Stephen Curry NaN 4.5 4.5

“`

Notice that the ‘Max_Value’ column now only considers the ‘Points’ and ‘Rebounds’ columns.