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How to Sort Data in Pandas using Python

30 March 2023

How to Sort Data in Pandas using Python

 

Introduction:

Sorting data is a fundamental operation in data analysis, and Pandas provides a rich set of functions to sort data in various ways. Sorting data can help us identify patterns, trends, and outliers in the data, and it can also make it easier to visualize and analyze the data. In this guide, we will explore the different ways to sort data in Pandas using Python.

Step-by-Step Guide:

There are different ways to sort data in Pandas, depending on the requirements. We will focus on the three most common methods. We will use a sample dataset to demonstrate the methods.

Method 1: Sorting by a Single Column

The sort_values() method allows us to sort a DataFrame by a single column. We can specify the column to sort by using the by parameter. Here's an example:

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import pandas as pd # Sample dataset data = {'name': ['John', 'Jane', 'Peter', 'Mary'], 'age': [25, 30, 35, 40], 'salary': [50000, 60000, 70000, 80000]} df = pd.DataFrame(data) # Sorting by age in ascending order df = df.sort_values(by='age') print(df)

Output:

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name age salary 0 John 25 50000 1 Jane 30 60000 2 Peter 35 70000 3 Mary 40 80000

Method 2: Sorting by Multiple Columns

We can sort a DataFrame by multiple columns by specifying a list of columns to sort by. We can also specify the sort order for each column using the ascending parameter. Here's an example:

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import pandas as pd # Sample dataset data = {'name': ['John', 'Jane', 'Peter', 'Mary'], 'age': [25, 30, 35, 40], 'salary': [50000, 60000, 70000, 80000]} df = pd.DataFrame(data) # Sorting by age in ascending order and salary in descending order df = df.sort_values(by=['age', 'salary'], ascending=[True, False]) print(df)

Output:

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name age salary 0 John 25 50000 1 Jane 30 60000 2 Peter 35 70000 3 Mary 40 80000

Method 3: Sorting by Index

We can also sort a DataFrame by its index using the sort_index() method. We can specify the sort order using the ascending parameter. Here's an example:

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import pandas as pd # Sample dataset data = {'name': ['John', 'Jane', 'Peter', 'Mary'], 'age': [25, 30, 35, 40], 'salary': [50000, 60000, 70000, 80000]} df = pd.DataFrame(data, index=[3, 2, 1, 0]) # Sorting by index in ascending order df = df.sort_index(ascending=True) print(df)

Output:

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name age salary 0 Mary 40 80000 1 Peter 35 70000 2 Jane 30 60000 3 John 25 50000

Use Cases:

Sorting data is an essential operation in data analysis.

 

Here are some use cases for sorting data in Pandas using Python:

  1. Financial analysis: Sorting financial data, such as stock prices, trading volumes, and financial statements, can help identify trends and make investment decisions.
  2. Customer analysis: Sorting customer data, such as demographics, purchase history, and social media activity, can help identify customer segments and target marketing campaigns.
  3. Healthcare analysis: Sorting healthcare data, such as patient records, clinical trials, and medical imaging, can help identify patterns and improve healthcare outcomes.

Conclusion:

Sorting data is a fundamental operation in data analysis, and Pandas provides a rich set of functions to sort data in various ways. In this guide, we have explored the three most common methods for sorting data in Pandas using Python: sorting by a single column, sorting by multiple columns, and sorting by index. We have also discussed some use cases for sorting data in Pandas, including financial analysis, customer analysis, and healthcare analysis. With Pandas, we can easily sort and analyze data to extract insights and make informed decisions.

 

We hope you found this step-by-step guide on How to Sort Data in Pandas using Python insightful and valuable. You can learn more on JBI's Python training courses including Python for Data Analysts and Advanced Python

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The Author is Craig Hartzel, a self-confessed geek with an interest in finding out and writing about technology, especially in the field of Analytics, Visualization, and AI. Craig's series of step-by-step tutorials are free and we hope will prove useful.

 
About the author: Craig Hartzel
Craig is a self-confessed geek who loves to play with and write about technology. Craig's especially interested in systems relating to e-commerce, automation, AI and Analytics.

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