python – How to get a value from a cell of a dataframe?

The Question :

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I have constructed a condition that extract exactly one row from my data frame:

d2 = df[(df['l_ext']==l_ext) & (df['item']==item) & (df['wn']==wn) & (df['wd']==1)]

Now I would like to take a value from a particular column:

val = d2['col_name']

But as a result I get a data frame that contains one row and one column (i.e. one cell). It is not what I need. I need one value (one float number). How can I do it in pandas?

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The Answer 1

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If you have a DataFrame with only one row, then access the first (only) row as a Series using iloc, and then the value using the column name:

In [3]: sub_df
          A         B
2 -0.133653 -0.030854

In [4]: sub_df.iloc[0]
A   -0.133653
B   -0.030854
Name: 2, dtype: float64

In [5]: sub_df.iloc[0]['A']
Out[5]: -0.13365288513107493

The Answer 2

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These are fast access for scalars

In [15]: df = pandas.DataFrame(numpy.random.randn(5,3),columns=list('ABC'))

In [16]: df
          A         B         C
0 -0.074172 -0.090626  0.038272
1 -0.128545  0.762088 -0.714816
2  0.201498 -0.734963  0.558397
3  1.563307 -1.186415  0.848246
4  0.205171  0.962514  0.037709

In [17]: df.iat[0,0]
Out[17]: -0.074171888537611502

In [18]:[0,'A']
Out[18]: -0.074171888537611502

The Answer 3

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You can turn your 1×1 dataframe into a numpy array, then access the first and only value of that array:

val = d2['col_name'].values[0]

The Answer 4

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Most answers are using iloc which is good for selection by position.

If you need selection-by-label loc would be more convenient.

For getting a value explicitly (equiv to deprecated df.get_value(‘a’,’A’))

# this is also equivalent to['a','A']
In [55]: df1.loc['a', 'A'] 
Out[55]: 0.13200317033032932

The Answer 5

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I needed the value of one cell, selected by column and index names. This solution worked for me:


The Answer 6

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It looks like changes after pandas 10.1/13.1

I upgraded from 10.1 to 13.1, before iloc is not available.

Now with 13.1, iloc[0]['label'] gets a single value array rather than a scalar.

Like this:



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name:Close, dtype: float64

The Answer 7

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It doesn’t need to be complicated:

val = df.loc[df.wd==1, 'col_name'].values[0]

The Answer 8

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The quickest/easiest options I have found are the following. 501 represents the row index.[501,'column_name']

The Answer 9

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Not sure if this is a good practice, but I noticed I can also get just the value by casting the series as float.



3 0.042679

Name: Unemployment_rate, dtype: float64



The Answer 10

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For pandas 0.10, where iloc is unavalable, filter a DF and get the first row data for the column VALUE:

df_filt = df[df['C1'] == C1val & df['C2'] == C2val]
result = df_filt.get_value(df_filt.index[0],'VALUE')

if there is more then 1 row filtered, obtain the first row value. There will be an exception if the filter result in empty data frame.

The Answer 11

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The Answer 12

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To get the full row’s value as JSON (instead of a Serie):

row = df.iloc[0]

Use the to_json method like bellow:


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