Pandas with Jeff Reback – Episode 98

Summary

Pandas is one of the most versatile and widely used tools for data manipulation and analysis in the Python ecosystem. This week Jeff Reback explains why that is, how you can use it to make your life easier, and what you can look forward to in the months to come.

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  • Your host as usual is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Jeff Reback about Pandas, the swiss army knife of data analysis in Python.

Interview

  • Introductions
  • How did you get introduced to Python?
  • To start off, what is Pandas and what is its origin story?
    • How did you get involved in the project’s development?
  • For someone who is just getting started with Pandas what are the fundamental ideas and abstractions in the library that are necessary to understand how to use it for working with data?
  • Pandas has quite an extensive API and I noticed that the most recent release includes a nice cheat sheet. How do you balance the power and flexibility of such an expressive API with the usability issues that can be introduced by having so many options of how to manipulate the data?
  • There is a strong focus for use in science and data analytics, but there are a number of other areas where Pandas is useful as well. What are some of the most interesting or unexpected uses that you have seen or heard of?
  • What are some of the biggest challenges that you have encountered while working on Pandas?
  • Do you find the constraint of only supporting two dimensional arrays to be limiting, or has it proven to be beneficial for the success of pandas?
  • What’s coming for pandas? Pandas 2.0!

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