Right way to reverse pandas.DataFrame?


Question

Here is my code:

import pandas as pd

data = pd.DataFrame({'Odd':[1,3,5,6,7,9], 'Even':[0,2,4,6,8,10]})

for i in reversed(data):
    print(data['Odd'], data['Even'])

When I run this code, i get the following error:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "C:\Python33\lib\site-packages\pandas\core\generic.py", line 665, in _get_item_cache
    return cache[item]
KeyError: 5

During handling of the above exception, another exception occurred:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "C:\Users\*****\Documents\******\********\****.py", line 5, in <module>
    for i in reversed(data):
  File "C:\Python33\lib\site-packages\pandas\core\frame.py", line 2003, in __getitem__
    return self._get_item_cache(key)
  File "C:\Python33\lib\site-packages\pandas\core\generic.py", line 667, in _get_item_cache
    values = self._data.get(item)
  File "C:\Python33\lib\site-packages\pandas\core\internals.py", line 1656, in get
    _, block = self._find_block(item)
  File "C:\Python33\lib\site-packages\pandas\core\internals.py", line 1936, in _find_block
    self._check_have(item)
  File "C:\Python33\lib\site-packages\pandas\core\internals.py", line 1943, in _check_have
    raise KeyError('no item named %s' % com.pprint_thing(item))
KeyError: 'no item named 5'

Why am I getting this error?
How can I fix that?
What is the right way to reverse pandas.DataFrame?

1
79
12/7/2013 5:17:56 PM

Accepted Answer

data.reindex(index=data.index[::-1])

or simply:

data.iloc[::-1]

will reverse your data frame, if you want to have a for loop which goes from down to up you may do:

for idx in reversed(data.index):
    print(idx, data.loc[idx, 'Even'], data.loc[idx, 'Odd'])

or

for idx in reversed(data.index):
    print(idx, data.Even[idx], data.Odd[idx])

You are getting an error because reversed first calls data.__len__() which returns 6. Then it tries to call data[j - 1] for j in range(6, 0, -1), and the first call would be data[5]; but in pandas dataframe data[5] means column 5, and there is no column 5 so it will throw an exception. ( see docs )

168
10/21/2014 11:06:55 PM

You can reverse the rows in an even simpler way:

df[::-1]

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