Use Different Formats To Import Data in Python

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Use Different Formats To Import Data in Python

Welcome back friends one’s again Iam come with a new topic and Today topic is on  explaination on  various methods to read data in Python. Data could be in any of the popular formats - CSV, TXT, XLS/XLSX (Excel), sas7bdat (SAS), Stata, Rdata (R) etc. Loading data in python environment is the most initial step of analyzing data.

Importing Data into Python

When we importing external files, we need to check the following points : -
·         Check whether header row exists or not
·         Treatment of special values as missing values
·         Consistent data type in a variable (column)
·         Date Type variable in consistent date format.
·         No truncation of rows while reading external data


·        Import CSV files from PC
·        Import File from URL by user
·        Read Text File in python
·        Read Excel File in python
·        Read delimited file in python
·        Read SAS File in python
·        Read Stata File in python
·        Importing R Data Files
·        Reading SQL Tables
·        Import ing Datas from SPSS Files
·         Read example of rows and columns
·        Skip rows while importing
·        Specify values as missing values

Installing pandas Package

 Import Your data from Different sources using Python

pandas is a very powerful data analysis package. It makes data exploration and manipulation easy. It has several functions to read data from various sources.

If you are using Anaconda, pandas must be already installed. You need to load the package by using the following command -

import pandas as pd

If pandas package is not installed, you can install it by running the following code in Ipython Console. If you are using Spyder, you can submit the following code in Ipython console within Spyder.

$ pip install pandas

If you are using Anaconda, you can try the following line of code to install pandas -

$ conda install pandas

1. Import CSV files from PC
 How to Import a CSV File into Python using Pandas - Data to Fish
We have to use a Path because It is important to note that a singlebackslash(/)is working until we are  specifying the file path. Example is given below :-

import pandas as pd
value= pd.read_csv("home/file.csv")

If no header (title) in raw data file

value= pd.read_csv("home/file.csv", header = None)

You need to include header = None option to tell Python there is no column name (header) in data.

Add Column Names

We can include column names by using names= option.

value1= pd.read_csv("home/file.csv", header = None), names = ['ID', 'first_name', 'salary'])

The variable names can also be added separately by using the following command.

value1.columns = ['ID', 'first_name', 'salary']

2. Import File from URL by user

You don't need to perform additional steps to fetch data from URL. Simply put URL in read_csv() function (applicable only for CSV files stored in URL).

value= pd.read_csv("home/file.csv")

3. Read Text File in python

We can use read_table() function to pull data from text file. We can also use read_csv() with sep= "\t" to read data from tab-separated file.

value= pd.read_csv("home/file.txt")
value= pd.read_csv("home/file.txt", sep = “\t”)

4. Read Excel File in python
 Your Guide to Reading Excel (xlsx) Files in Python - Erik Marsja

The read_excel() function can be used to import excel data into Python.

value= pd.read_excel("",sheetname="Data", skiprows=2)

If you do not specify name of sheet in sheetname= option, it would take by default first sheet.

5. Read delimited file in python

Assume you want to import a file that is separated with white spaces.

Value1 = pd.read_excel("",sep="\s+", header = None)

To include variable names, use the names= option which is given below: -

Value2 = pd.read_excel("",sep="\s+", names=['a', 'b', 'c', 'd'])

6. Read SAS File in python

Before we start our next thing we have to know, We can import SAS data file by using read_sas() function.

value4 = pd.read_sas('data.sas7bdat')

If you have a large SAS File, you can try package named pyreadstat which is faster than pandas. It is equivalent to haven package in R which provides easy and fast way to read data from SAS, SPSS and Stata. To install this package, you can use the command pip install pyreadstat

import pyreadstat
df, meta = pyreadstat.read_sas7bdat('data.sas7bdat')


7. Read Stata Filesin Python

We can load Stata data file via read_stata() function.

value5 = pd.read_stata('data.dta')

pyreadstat package lets you to pull value labels from stata files.

import pyreadstat
df, meta = pyreadstat.read_dta("data.dta")

To get labels, set apply_value_formats as TRUE

df, meta = pyreadstat.read_dta("data.dta", apply_value_formats=True)

8. Importing R Data Files

Using pyreadr package, you can load .RData and .Rds format files which in general contains R data frame. You can install this package using the command is given below : -

$  pip install pyreadr

With the use of read_r( ) function, we can import R data format files.

import pyreadr
value = pyreadr.read_r('home/ravi/a.RData')
df = result["df"]

Same code you have to use or you can read .Rds formatted file.

9. Reading SQL Tables
 Python Pandas read_csv: Load Data from CSV Files | Shane Lynn
We can extract table from SQL database (SQL Server/ sqlite3). See the program which is given below: -

SQL Server
You can read data from tables stored in SQL Server by building a connection. You need to have server, User ID (UID), database details to establish connection.

import pandas as pd
import pyodbc
conn = pyodbc.connect("Driver={SQL Server};Server=serverName;UID=UserName;PWD=Password;Database=database;")
df = pd.read_sql_query('select * from dbo.Table WHERE ID > 10', conn)

Suppose you have .db extension file which is a database file and you want to extract data from it.

import sqlite3
from import sql
conn = sqlite3.connect('C:/Users/Deepanshu/Downloads/flight.db')
query = "SELECT * FROM flight"
results = pd.read_sql(query, con=conn)
print results.head()

Explanation of databases :-
·         UdaExec provides DevOps support features such as configuration and logging.
·         You can assign any name and version in appName and version
·         logConsole=False tells Python not to log to the console.
·         system="tdprod" refers to name of the system we are connecting using ODBC as the connection method
·         USEREGIONALSETTINGS="N" is used to ensure that float values can be loaded and make decimal separator be ‘.’

10. Importing Datas from SPSS Files

import pyreadstat
df, meta = pyreadstat.read_sav("file.sav", apply_value_formats=True)

If you don't want value labels, make apply_value_formats as False.

11. Read example of rows and columns

 Analyzing Data with Python | edX

By specifying nrows= and usecols=, you can fetch specified number of rows and columns.

value = pd.read_csv("", nrows=5, usecols=(1,4,10))

nrows = 5 implies you want to import only first 5 rows and usecols= refers to specified columns you want to import.

12. Skip rows while importing

Assume you want to skip first 10 rows and wants to read data from 9th row (9th row would be a header row)

value8 = pd.read_csv("", skiprows=10)

13. Specify values as missing values

 How to Import Excel Data Into Python Scripts Using Pandas

By including na_values= option, you can specify values as missing values. In this case, we are telling python to consider dot (.) as missing cases.

value_data = pd.read_csv("data/value.csv", na_values=['.'])

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