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Pandas Series


In this lesson, you will learn what is a Pandas Series, how to create a Pandas Series in Python, and how to perform basic arithmetic operations using a Pandas Series in Python.


What is a Pandas Series?

Pandas Series is a one-dimensional labeled array capable of holding any data type (integers, strings, floats, etc). It has two main components: index and data values.

Consider the following example of a Pandas Series,

Pandas Series Example

Here, the values on the left side (0, 1, 2, 3, 4) are the ‘index’ of the Pandas Series and the values on the right (London, New York, Tokyo, Paris, Beijing) are the actual ‘data values’ of the Series. As it can be observed, a Pandas Series resembles closely with either a column/row of a table where each value can be identified by an index that starts from 0.


How to create a Pandas Series?

A Pandas Series can be created from a Python List, Dictionary, NumPy arrays, scalar values, etc. Here, we will look at few methods of how to create a Pandas Series.

The general syntax for creating a Pandas Series is:

import pandas as pd

series = pd.Series(data)

Here, data can be of different types such as a Python dictionary, n-dimensional array, scalar value (like 10), etc. Generally, in real-world usage, the data is loaded from external data sources such as a database, CSV file, or an Excel file.

How to create a Pandas Series from a Python List?

A Python List can be passed into the pd.Series() method to create a Pandas Series as shown in the following example:

import pandas as pd

# Initializing a Python list
lst = ['Python','Java','C','Ruby']

# Creating a series
series = pd.Series(lst)
print(series)
0 Python 
1 Java 
2 C 
3 Ruby 
dtype: object

Here, we did not specify any index during defining our series, so Pandas assigns numerical values increasing from 0 as the index values. If we want to create a Series with a meaningful index, we can specify the index parameter during Series creation. Similarly, you can also assign a name to the Series by specifying the name parameter.

import pandas as pd

# Initializing a Python list
lst = ['Python','Java','C','Ruby']

# Creating a series
series = pd.Series(lst, index = ['1st','2nd', '3rd','4th'], name = "Programming Languages")
print(series)
1st Python
2nd Java
3rd C
4th Ruby
Name: Programming Languages, dtype: object

Conversely, we can create a Python List from a Pandas Series as follows:

# Converting Pandas Series into Python List
series_to_list = series.tolist()
series_to_list
['Python', 'Java', 'C', 'Ruby']

How to create a Pandas Series from a NumPy Array?

A NumPy array can be passed into the pd.Series() method to create a Pandas Series as shown in the following example (similar to a Python List):

import pandas as pd
import numpy as np #importing the NumPy module

# Initializing a NumPy array
numpy_array = np.array(['Apple','Mango','Grapes','Pineapple'])

# Creating Pandas Series from NumPy array
series_from_np = pd.Series(numpy_array, name = "Fruits")
series_from_np
0 Apple
1 Mango
2 Grapes
3 Pineapple
Name: Fruits, dtype: object

Conversely, we can create a NumPy array from a Pandas Series as follows:

# Converting Pandas Series into NumPy array
series_to_numpy = series_from_np.to_numpy()
series_to_numpy
array(['Apple', 'Mango', 'Grapes', 'Pineapple'], dtype=object)

How to create a Pandas Series from a Python dictionary?

To create a Pandas Series from a Python dictionary, we need to create a dictionary and pass it to the data parameter in the pd.Series() method. In this case, the index of the Pandas Series is set as the keys of the dictionary and the values are filled with corresponding values in the Pandas dictionary.

import pandas as pd

# Initialize a Python dictionary
dictionary = { '1st' : 'One',
              '2nd'  : 'Two',
              '3rd'  : 'Three',
              '4th'  : 'Four'}

# Creating a Pandas Series from dictionary
series_from_dict = pd.Series(dictionary)
series_from_dict  
1st One
2nd Two
3rd Three
4th Four
dtype: object

Conversely, we can create a Python dictionary from a Pandas Series as follows:

# Converting Pandas Series into dictionary
series_to_dictionary = series_from_dict.to_dict()
series_to_dictionary
{'1st': 'One', '2nd': 'Two', '3rd': 'Three', '4th': 'Four'}

Basic arithmetic operations on Pandas Series

Various arithmetic operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, etc can be performed on Pandas Series. Here are examples for the same:

import pandas as pd
import numpy as np

# Creating a Pandas Series
s = pd.Series([1, 8, 5, 25, 6, 7])
print("\ns:\n", s)

# Arithmetic operations in series
print("\ns+s:\n", s+s)          # vector addition
print("\ns-s:\n", s-s)          # vector substraction 
print("\ns*2:\n", s*2)          # multiplying vector by a scalar
print("\ns/2:\n", s/2)          # dividing vector by a scalar
print("\ne^s:\n", np.exp(s))    # finds exponent
print("\nlog(s):\n", np.log(s)) # finds log
s:
0 1
1 8
2 5
3 25
4 6
5 7
dtype: int64

s+s:
0 2
1 16
2 10
3 50
4 12
5 14
dtype: int64

s-s:
0 0
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
dtype: int64

s*2:
0 2
1 16
2 10
3 50
4 12
5 14
dtype: int64

s/2:
0 0.5
1 4.0
2 2.5
3 12.5
4 3.0
5 3.5
dtype: float64

e^s:
0 2.718282e+00
1 2.980958e+03
2 1.484132e+02
3 7.200490e+10
4 4.034288e+02
5 1.096633e+03
dtype: float64

log(s):
0 0.000000
1 2.079442
2 1.609438
3 3.218876
4 1.791759
5 1.945910
dtype: float64

Now you know how to create a Pandas series and perform various operations on it. The next chapter will introduce you to another most commonly used data structure in Pandas, called the Pandas DataFrame.

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