# Lesson 5¶

We will be taking a brief look at the stack and unstack functions.

In [1]:
# Import libraries
import pandas as pd
import sys

In [2]:
print 'Python version ' + sys.version
print 'Pandas version: ' + pd.__version__

Python version 2.7.5 |Anaconda 2.1.0 (64-bit)| (default, Jul  1 2013, 12:37:52) [MSC v.1500 64 bit (AMD64)]
Pandas version: 0.15.2

In [3]:
# Our small data set
d = {'one':[1,1],'two':[2,2]}
i = ['a','b']

# Create dataframe
df = pd.DataFrame(data = d, index = i)
df

Out[3]:
one two
a 1 2
b 1 2
In [4]:
df.index

Out[4]:
Index([u'a', u'b'], dtype='object')
In [5]:
# Bring the columns and place them in the index
stack = df.stack()
stack

Out[5]:
a  one    1
two    2
b  one    1
two    2
dtype: int64
In [6]:
# The index now includes the column names
stack.index

Out[6]:
MultiIndex(levels=[[u'a', u'b'], [u'one', u'two']],
labels=[[0, 0, 1, 1], [0, 1, 0, 1]])
In [7]:
unstack = df.unstack()
unstack

Out[7]:
one  a    1
b    1
two  a    2
b    2
dtype: int64
In [8]:
unstack.index

Out[8]:
MultiIndex(levels=[[u'one', u'two'], [u'a', u'b']],
labels=[[0, 0, 1, 1], [0, 1, 0, 1]])

We can also flip the column names with the index using the T (transpose) function.

In [9]:
transpose = df.T
transpose

Out[9]:
a b
one 1 1
two 2 2
In [10]:
transpose.index

Out[10]:
Index([u'one', u'two'], dtype='object')

Author: David Rojas