# Fractal using Spirograph in Python

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A spirograph is a geometric-patterned toy that creates the mathematical curves of a tape measure of a variety technically known as hypotrochoids and epitrochoids. It was developed by British engineer Denis Fisher and first sold in 1965.
The name is a registered trademark of Hasbro Inc. since 1998 after the purchase of the company that acquired Denys Fisher. The Spirograph brand was renewed worldwide with the original product configuration in 2013 by Kahootz Toys.

The Spirograph can be used to draw various fractals. Some of them are below

You can visit benice-equation-blogspot.in for more detailed designing fractals using a parametric equation. Some of them are given below

Math behind the curtain

These are two parametric equations for forming a spirograph fractal, to understand these equations, you must consider the generalized spirograph figure.

For the math part, you can refer to the Wiki, although I'll try to explain a little of this math in a nutshell here. If we are interested in math you can check the links. Thus, at the moment, these different curves can be drawn using a parametric equation and by varying some values ​​of this equation, we can get different fractals. So here's the parametric equation:

where,

R is a scaling parameter and does not affect the structure of the spirograph.

and,

So now let's try to implement this in code.

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``` # import required libraries import random, argparse import math import turtle from PIL import Image from datetime import datetime  from fractions import gcd   # The class that draws the spirograph class Spiro: # constructor def __ init __ ( self , xc, yc, col, R, r, l):   # create your own turtle self . t = turtle.Turtle () # set cursor shape self . t.shape ( 'turtle' ) # set step in degrees self . step = 5   # install drawing completion flag self . drawingComplete = False    # set options self . setparams (xc, yc, col, R, r, l)   # initialize picture self . restart ()   # set parameters   def setparams ( self , xc, yc, col, R, r, l): # spirograph parameters self . xc = xc self . yc = yc self . R = int (R) self . r = int (r) self . l = l self . col = col   # reduce R / R to smallest form by dividing with GCD gcdVal = gcd ( self . r, self . R) self . nRot = self . r / / gcdVal # get radius ratio self . k = r / float (R) # set color self . t.color ( * col) # current corner self . a = 0   # restart picture def restart ( self ): # set the flag self . drawingComplete = False # show turtle self . t.showturtle ()   # go to the first point self . t.up () R, k, l = self . R, self . k, self . l   a = 0.0 x = R * (( 1 - k) * math.cos (a) + l * k * math.cos (( 1 - k) * a / k)) y = R * (( 1 - k) * math.sin (a) - l * k * math.sin (( 1 - k) * a / k)) self . t.setpos ( self . xc + x, self . yc + y) self . t.down ()   # draw it all   def draw ( self ):   # Draw the rest of the dots R, k, l = self . R, self . k, self . l for i in range ( 0 , 360 * self . nRot + 1 , self . step): a = math.radians ( i) x = R * (( 1 - k) * math.cos (a) + l * k * math.cos (( 1 - k) * a / k)) y = R * (( 1 - k) * math.sin (a) - l * k * math.sin (( 1 - k) * a / k)) self . t.setpos ( self . xc + x, self . yc + y)   # done - hide the turtle   self . t.hideturtle ()   # one step update   def update ( self ) : # skip if done if self . drawingComplete: return # increment angle self . a + = self . step # drawing step R, k, l = self . R, self . k, self . l   # install ugo l a = math.radians ( self . a) x = self . R * (( 1 - k) * math.cos (a) + l * k * math.cos (( 1 - k) * a / k))   y = self . R * (( 1 - k) * math.sin (a) - l * k * math.sin (( 1 - k) * a / k)) self .t.setpos ( self . xc + x, self . yc + y) # check if is drawing finished and set the flag if self . a & gt; = 360 * self . nRot: self . drawingComplete = True # done - hide the turtle self . t.hideturtle ()   # clear all def clear ( self ): self . t .clear ()   # Class for animating spirographs class SpiroAnimator: # constructor def __ init __ ( self , N): # timer value in milliseconds self . deltaT = 10 # get window dimensions self . width = turtle.window_width () self . height = turtle.window_height () # create spiro objects self . spiros = [] for i in range (N): # generate random parameters   rparams = self . genRandomParams () # set spiro options spiro = Spiro ( * rparams) self . spiros.append (spiro) # call timer turtle.ontimer ( self . update, self . deltaT)     # restart drawing sprio   def restart ( self ): for spiro i n self . spiros: # Clear spiro.clear () # generate random parameters rparams = self . genRandomParams () # set spiro parameters spiro.setparams ( * rparams) # restart picture spiro.restart ()   # generate random parameters def genRandomParams ( self ): width, height = self . width, self . height R = random.randint ( 50 , min (width, height) / / 2 )   r = random.randint ( 10 , 9 * R / / 10 )   l = random.uniform ( 0.1 , 0.9 )   xc = random.randint ( - width / / 2 , width / / 2 ) yc = random.randint ( - height / / 2 , height / / 2 ) col = (random. random (), random.random (), random.random ()) return ( xc, yc, col, R, r, l)   def update ( self ): # update all spiros nComplete = 0 for spiro in self . spiros: # Update spiro.update () Number of completed   if spiro.drawingComplete:   nComplete + = 1 l = random.uniform ( 0.1 , 0.9 ) xc = random.randint ( - width / / 2 , width / / 2 (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Fractal using Spirograph in Python: StackOverflow Questions How do I merge two dictionaries in a single expression (taking union of dictionaries)? 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I have created a new virtualenv with bin/virtualenv testing Upon activating it, I tried to install the packages according to requirements.txt from the local archive directory. source bin/activate pip install -r /path/to/requirements.txt -f file:///path/to/archive/ I got some output that seems to indicate that the installation is fine: Downloading/unpacking Fabric==1.2.0 (from -r ../testing/requirements.txt (line 3)) Running setup.py egg_info for package Fabric warning: no previously-included files matching "*" found under directory "docs/_build" warning: no files found matching "fabfile.py" Downloading/unpacking South==0.7.3 (from -r ../testing/requirements.txt (line 8)) Running setup.py egg_info for package South .... But a later check revealed none of the package is installed properly. I cannot import the package, and none is found in the site-packages directory of my virtualenv. So what went wrong? 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So at a minimum, your range() object would do: class my_range: def __init__(self, start, stop=None, step=1, /): if stop is None: start, stop = 0, start self.start, self.stop, self.step = start, stop, step if step < 0: lo, hi, step = stop, start, -step else: lo, hi = start, stop self.length = 0 if lo > hi else ((hi - lo - 1) // step) + 1 def __iter__(self): current = self.start if self.step < 0: while current > self.stop: yield current current += self.step else: while current < self.stop: yield current current += self.step def __len__(self): return self.length def __getitem__(self, i): if i < 0: i += self.length if 0 <= i < self.length: return self.start + i * self.step raise IndexError("my_range object index out of range") def __contains__(self, num): if self.step < 0: if not (self.stop < num <= self.start): return False else: if not (self.start <= num < self.stop): return False return (num - self.start) % self.step == 0 This is still missing several things that a real range() supports (such as the .index() or .count() methods, hashing, equality testing, or slicing), but should give you an idea. I also simplified the __contains__ implementation to only focus on integer tests; if you give a real range() object a non-integer value (including subclasses of int), a slow scan is initiated to see if there is a match, just as if you use a containment test against a list of all the contained values. This was done to continue to support other numeric types that just happen to support equality testing with integers but are not expected to support integer arithmetic as well. See the original Python issue that implemented the containment test. * Near constant time because Python integers are unbounded and so math operations also grow in time as N grows, making this a O(log N) operation. Since it‚Äôs all executed in optimised C code and Python stores integer values in 30-bit chunks, you‚Äôd run out of memory before you saw any performance impact due to the size of the integers involved here. Answer #2 Recommendation for beginners: This is my personal recommendation for beginners: start by learning virtualenv and pip, tools which work with both Python 2 and 3 and in a variety of situations, and pick up other tools once you start needing them. PyPI packages not in the standard library: virtualenv is a very popular tool that creates isolated Python environments for Python libraries. If you"re not familiar with this tool, I highly recommend learning it, as it is a very useful tool, and I"ll be making comparisons to it for the rest of this answer. It works by installing a bunch of files in a directory (eg: env/), and then modifying the PATH environment variable to prefix it with a custom bin directory (eg: env/bin/). An exact copy of the python or python3 binary is placed in this directory, but Python is programmed to look for libraries relative to its path first, in the environment directory. It"s not part of Python"s standard library, but is officially blessed by the PyPA (Python Packaging Authority). Once activated, you can install packages in the virtual environment using pip. pyenv is used to isolate Python versions. For example, you may want to test your code against Python 2.7, 3.6, 3.7 and 3.8, so you"ll need a way to switch between them. Once activated, it prefixes the PATH environment variable with ~/.pyenv/shims, where there are special files matching the Python commands (python, pip). These are not copies of the Python-shipped commands; they are special scripts that decide on the fly which version of Python to run based on the PYENV_VERSION environment variable, or the .python-version file, or the ~/.pyenv/version file. pyenv also makes the process of downloading and installing multiple Python versions easier, using the command pyenv install. pyenv-virtualenv is a plugin for pyenv by the same author as pyenv, to allow you to use pyenv and virtualenv at the same time conveniently. However, if you"re using Python 3.3 or later, pyenv-virtualenv will try to run python -m venv if it is available, instead of virtualenv. You can use virtualenv and pyenv together without pyenv-virtualenv, if you don"t want the convenience features. virtualenvwrapper is a set of extensions to virtualenv (see docs). It gives you commands like mkvirtualenv, lssitepackages, and especially workon for switching between different virtualenv directories. This tool is especially useful if you want multiple virtualenv directories. pyenv-virtualenvwrapper is a plugin for pyenv by the same author as pyenv, to conveniently integrate virtualenvwrapper into pyenv. pipenv aims to combine Pipfile, pip and virtualenv into one command on the command-line. The virtualenv directory typically gets placed in ~/.local/share/virtualenvs/XXX, with XXX being a hash of the path of the project directory. This is different from virtualenv, where the directory is typically in the current working directory. pipenv is meant to be used when developing Python applications (as opposed to libraries). There are alternatives to pipenv, such as poetry, which I won"t list here since this question is only about the packages that are similarly named. Standard library: pyvenv (not to be confused with pyenv in the previous section) is a script shipped with Python 3 but deprecated in Python 3.6 as it had problems (not to mention the confusing name). In Python 3.6+, the exact equivalent is python3 -m venv. venv is a package shipped with Python 3, which you can run using python3 -m venv (although for some reason some distros separate it out into a separate distro package, such as python3-venv on Ubuntu/Debian). It serves the same purpose as virtualenv, but only has a subset of its features (see a comparison here). virtualenv continues to be more popular than venv, especially since the former supports both Python 2 and 3. Answer #3 You have four main options for converting types in pandas: to_numeric() - provides functionality to safely convert non-numeric types (e.g. strings) to a suitable numeric type. (See also to_datetime() and to_timedelta().) astype() - convert (almost) any type to (almost) any other type (even if it"s not necessarily sensible to do so). Also allows you to convert to categorial types (very useful). infer_objects() - a utility method to convert object columns holding Python objects to a pandas type if possible. convert_dtypes() - convert DataFrame columns to the "best possible" dtype that supports pd.NA (pandas" object to indicate a missing value). Read on for more detailed explanations and usage of each of these methods. 1. to_numeric() The best way to convert one or more columns of a DataFrame to numeric values is to use pandas.to_numeric(). This function will try to change non-numeric objects (such as strings) into integers or floating point numbers as appropriate. Basic usage The input to to_numeric() is a Series or a single column of a DataFrame. >>> s = pd.Series(["8", 6, "7.5", 3, "0.9"]) # mixed string and numeric values >>> s 0 8 1 6 2 7.5 3 3 4 0.9 dtype: object >>> pd.to_numeric(s) # convert everything to float values 0 8.0 1 6.0 2 7.5 3 3.0 4 0.9 dtype: float64 As you can see, a new Series is returned. Remember to assign this output to a variable or column name to continue using it: # convert Series my_series = pd.to_numeric(my_series) # convert column "a" of a DataFrame df["a"] = pd.to_numeric(df["a"]) You can also use it to convert multiple columns of a DataFrame via the apply() method: # convert all columns of DataFrame df = df.apply(pd.to_numeric) # convert all columns of DataFrame # convert just columns "a" and "b" df[["a", "b"]] = df[["a", "b"]].apply(pd.to_numeric) As long as your values can all be converted, that"s probably all you need. Error handling But what if some values can"t be converted to a numeric type? to_numeric() also takes an errors keyword argument that allows you to force non-numeric values to be NaN, or simply ignore columns containing these values. Here"s an example using a Series of strings s which has the object dtype: >>> s = pd.Series(["1", "2", "4.7", "pandas", "10"]) >>> s 0 1 1 2 2 4.7 3 pandas 4 10 dtype: object The default behaviour is to raise if it can"t convert a value. In this case, it can"t cope with the string "pandas": >>> pd.to_numeric(s) # or pd.to_numeric(s, errors="raise") ValueError: Unable to parse string Rather than fail, we might want "pandas" to be considered a missing/bad numeric value. We can coerce invalid values to NaN as follows using the errors keyword argument: >>> pd.to_numeric(s, errors="coerce") 0 1.0 1 2.0 2 4.7 3 NaN 4 10.0 dtype: float64 The third option for errors is just to ignore the operation if an invalid value is encountered: >>> pd.to_numeric(s, errors="ignore") # the original Series is returned untouched This last option is particularly useful when you want to convert your entire DataFrame, but don"t not know which of our columns can be converted reliably to a numeric type. In that case just write: df.apply(pd.to_numeric, errors="ignore") The function will be applied to each column of the DataFrame. Columns that can be converted to a numeric type will be converted, while columns that cannot (e.g. they contain non-digit strings or dates) will be left alone. Downcasting By default, conversion with to_numeric() will give you either a int64 or float64 dtype (or whatever integer width is native to your platform). That"s usually what you want, but what if you wanted to save some memory and use a more compact dtype, like float32, or int8? to_numeric() gives you the option to downcast to either "integer", "signed", "unsigned", "float". Here"s an example for a simple series s of integer type: >>> s = pd.Series([1, 2, -7]) >>> s 0 1 1 2 2 -7 dtype: int64 Downcasting to "integer" uses the smallest possible integer that can hold the values: >>> pd.to_numeric(s, downcast="integer") 0 1 1 2 2 -7 dtype: int8 Downcasting to "float" similarly picks a smaller than normal floating type: >>> pd.to_numeric(s, downcast="float") 0 1.0 1 2.0 2 -7.0 dtype: float32 2. astype() The astype() method enables you to be explicit about the dtype you want your DataFrame or Series to have. It"s very versatile in that you can try and go from one type to the any other. Basic usage Just pick a type: you can use a NumPy dtype (e.g. np.int16), some Python types (e.g. bool), or pandas-specific types (like the categorical dtype). Call the method on the object you want to convert and astype() will try and convert it for you: # convert all DataFrame columns to the int64 dtype df = df.astype(int) # convert column "a" to int64 dtype and "b" to complex type df = df.astype({"a": int, "b": complex}) # convert Series to float16 type s = s.astype(np.float16) # convert Series to Python strings s = s.astype(str) # convert Series to categorical type - see docs for more details s = s.astype("category") Notice I said "try" - if astype() does not know how to convert a value in the Series or DataFrame, it will raise an error. For example if you have a NaN or inf value you"ll get an error trying to convert it to an integer. As of pandas 0.20.0, this error can be suppressed by passing errors="ignore". Your original object will be return untouched. Be careful astype() is powerful, but it will sometimes convert values "incorrectly". For example: >>> s = pd.Series([1, 2, -7]) >>> s 0 1 1 2 2 -7 dtype: int64 These are small integers, so how about converting to an unsigned 8-bit type to save memory? >>> s.astype(np.uint8) 0 1 1 2 2 249 dtype: uint8 The conversion worked, but the -7 was wrapped round to become 249 (i.e. 28 - 7)! Trying to downcast using pd.to_numeric(s, downcast="unsigned") instead could help prevent this error. 3. infer_objects() Version 0.21.0 of pandas introduced the method infer_objects() for converting columns of a DataFrame that have an object datatype to a more specific type (soft conversions). For example, here"s a DataFrame with two columns of object type. One holds actual integers and the other holds strings representing integers: >>> df = pd.DataFrame({"a": [7, 1, 5], "b": ["3","2","1"]}, dtype="object") >>> df.dtypes a object b object dtype: object Using infer_objects(), you can change the type of column "a" to int64: >>> df = df.infer_objects() >>> df.dtypes a int64 b object dtype: object Column "b" has been left alone since its values were strings, not integers. If you wanted to try and force the conversion of both columns to an integer type, you could use df.astype(int) instead. 4. convert_dtypes() Version 1.0 and above includes a method convert_dtypes() to convert Series and DataFrame columns to the best possible dtype that supports the pd.NA missing value. Here "best possible" means the type most suited to hold the values. For example, this a pandas integer type if all of the values are integers (or missing values): an object column of Python integer objects is converted to Int64, a column of NumPy int32 values will become the pandas dtype Int32. With our object DataFrame df, we get the following result: >>> df.convert_dtypes().dtypes a Int64 b string dtype: object Since column "a" held integer values, it was converted to the Int64 type (which is capable of holding missing values, unlike int64). Column "b" contained string objects, so was changed to pandas" string dtype. By default, this method will infer the type from object values in each column. We can change this by passing infer_objects=False: >>> df.convert_dtypes(infer_objects=False).dtypes a object b string dtype: object Now column "a" remained an object column: pandas knows it can be described as an "integer" column (internally it ran infer_dtype) but didn"t infer exactly what dtype of integer it should have so did not convert it. Column "b" was again converted to "string" dtype as it was recognised as holding "string" values. Answer #4 Since this question was asked in 2010, there has been real simplification in how to do simple multithreading with Python with map and pool. The code below comes from an article/blog post that you should definitely check out (no affiliation) - Parallelism in one line: A Better Model for Day to Day Threading Tasks. I"ll summarize below - it ends up being just a few lines of code: from multiprocessing.dummy import Pool as ThreadPool pool = ThreadPool(4) results = pool.map(my_function, my_array) Which is the multithreaded version of: results = [] for item in my_array: results.append(my_function(item)) Description Map is a cool little function, and the key to easily injecting parallelism into your Python code. For those unfamiliar, map is something lifted from functional languages like Lisp. It is a function which maps another function over a sequence. Map handles the iteration over the sequence for us, applies the function, and stores all of the results in a handy list at the end. Implementation Parallel versions of the map function are provided by two libraries:multiprocessing, and also its little known, but equally fantastic step child:multiprocessing.dummy. multiprocessing.dummy is exactly the same as multiprocessing module, but uses threads instead (an important distinction - use multiple processes for CPU-intensive tasks; threads for (and during) I/O): multiprocessing.dummy replicates the API of multiprocessing, but is no more than a wrapper around the threading module. import urllib2 from multiprocessing.dummy import Pool as ThreadPool urls = [ "http://www.python.org", "http://www.python.org/about/", "http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/python/2003/04/17/metaclasses.html", "http://www.python.org/doc/", "http://www.python.org/download/", "http://www.python.org/getit/", "http://www.python.org/community/", "https://wiki.python.org/moin/", ] # Make the Pool of workers pool = ThreadPool(4) # Open the URLs in their own threads # and return the results results = pool.map(urllib2.urlopen, urls) # Close the pool and wait for the work to finish pool.close() pool.join() And the timing results: Single thread: 14.4 seconds 4 Pool: 3.1 seconds 8 Pool: 1.4 seconds 13 Pool: 1.3 seconds Passing multiple arguments (works like this only in Python 3.3 and later): To pass multiple arrays: results = pool.starmap(function, zip(list_a, list_b)) Or to pass a constant and an array: results = pool.starmap(function, zip(itertools.repeat(constant), list_a)) If you are using an earlier version of Python, you can pass multiple arguments via this workaround). (Thanks to user136036 for the helpful comment.) Answer #5 How to iterate over rows in a DataFrame in Pandas? Answer: DON"T*! Iteration in Pandas is an anti-pattern and is something you should only do when you have exhausted every other option. You should not use any function with "iter" in its name for more than a few thousand rows or you will have to get used to a lot of waiting. Do you want to print a DataFrame? Use DataFrame.to_string(). Do you want to compute something? In that case, search for methods in this order (list modified from here): Vectorization Cython routines List Comprehensions (vanilla for loop) DataFrame.apply(): i) ¬†Reductions that can be performed in Cython, ii) Iteration in Python space DataFrame.itertuples() and iteritems() DataFrame.iterrows() iterrows and itertuples (both receiving many votes in answers to this question) should be used in very rare circumstances, such as generating row objects/nametuples for sequential processing, which is really the only thing these functions are useful for. Appeal to Authority The documentation page on iteration has a huge red warning box that says: Iterating through pandas objects is generally slow. In many cases, iterating manually over the rows is not needed [...]. * It"s actually a little more complicated than "don"t". df.iterrows() is the correct answer to this question, but "vectorize your ops" is the better one. I will concede that there are circumstances where iteration cannot be avoided (for example, some operations where the result depends on the value computed for the previous row). However, it takes some familiarity with the library to know when. If you"re not sure whether you need an iterative solution, you probably don"t. PS: To know more about my rationale for writing this answer, skip to the very bottom. Faster than Looping: Vectorization, Cython A good number of basic operations and computations are "vectorised" by pandas (either through NumPy, or through Cythonized functions). This includes arithmetic, comparisons, (most) reductions, reshaping (such as pivoting), joins, and groupby operations. Look through the documentation on Essential Basic Functionality to find a suitable vectorised method for your problem. If none exists, feel free to write your own using custom Cython extensions. Next Best Thing: List Comprehensions* List comprehensions should be your next port of call if 1) there is no vectorized solution available, 2) performance is important, but not important enough to go through the hassle of cythonizing your code, and 3) you"re trying to perform elementwise transformation on your code. There is a good amount of evidence to suggest that list comprehensions are sufficiently fast (and even sometimes faster) for many common Pandas tasks. The formula is simple, # Iterating over one column - `f` is some function that processes your data result = [f(x) for x in df["col"]] # Iterating over two columns, use `zip` result = [f(x, y) for x, y in zip(df["col1"], df["col2"])] # Iterating over multiple columns - same data type result = [f(row[0], ..., row[n]) for row in df[["col1", ...,"coln"]].to_numpy()] # Iterating over multiple columns - differing data type result = [f(row[0], ..., row[n]) for row in zip(df["col1"], ..., df["coln"])] If you can encapsulate your business logic into a function, you can use a list comprehension that calls it. You can make arbitrarily complex things work through the simplicity and speed of raw Python code. Caveats List comprehensions assume that your data is easy to work with - what that means is your data types are consistent and you don"t have NaNs, but this cannot always be guaranteed. The first one is more obvious, but when dealing with NaNs, prefer in-built pandas methods if they exist (because they have much better corner-case handling logic), or ensure your business logic includes appropriate NaN handling logic. When dealing with mixed data types you should iterate over zip(df["A"], df["B"], ...) instead of df[["A", "B"]].to_numpy() as the latter implicitly upcasts data to the most common type. As an example if A is numeric and B is string, to_numpy() will cast the entire array to string, which may not be what you want. Fortunately zipping your columns together is the most straightforward workaround to this. *Your mileage may vary for the reasons outlined in the Caveats section above. An Obvious Example Let"s demonstrate the difference with a simple example of adding two pandas columns A + B. This is a vectorizable operaton, so it will be easy to contrast the performance of the methods discussed above. Benchmarking code, for your reference. The line at the bottom measures a function written in numpandas, a style of Pandas that mixes heavily with NumPy to squeeze out maximum performance. Writing numpandas code should be avoided unless you know what you"re doing. Stick to the API where you can (i.e., prefer vec over vec_numpy). I should mention, however, that it isn"t always this cut and dry. Sometimes the answer to "what is the best method for an operation" is "it depends on your data". My advice is to test out different approaches on your data before settling on one. Further Reading 10 Minutes to pandas, and Essential Basic Functionality - Useful links that introduce you to Pandas and its library of vectorized*/cythonized functions. Enhancing Performance - A primer from the documentation on enhancing standard Pandas operations Are for-loops in pandas really bad? When should I care? - a detailed writeup by me on list comprehensions and their suitability for various operations (mainly ones involving non-numeric data) When should I (not) want to use pandas apply() in my code? - apply is slow (but not as slow as the iter* family. There are, however, situations where one can (or should) consider apply as a serious alternative, especially in some GroupBy operations). * Pandas string methods are "vectorized" in the sense that they are specified on the series but operate on each element. The underlying mechanisms are still iterative, because string operations are inherently hard to vectorize. Why I Wrote this Answer A common trend I notice from new users is to ask questions of the form "How can I iterate over my df to do X?". Showing code that calls iterrows() while doing something inside a for loop. Here is why. A new user to the library who has not been introduced to the concept of vectorization will likely envision the code that solves their problem as iterating over their data to do something. Not knowing how to iterate over a DataFrame, the first thing they do is Google it and end up here, at this question. They then see the accepted answer telling them how to, and they close their eyes and run this code without ever first questioning if iteration is not the right thing to do. The aim of this answer is to help new users understand that iteration is not necessarily the solution to every problem, and that better, faster and more idiomatic solutions could exist, and that it is worth investing time in exploring them. I"m not trying to start a war of iteration vs. vectorization, but I want new users to be informed when developing solutions to their problems with this library. Answer #6 In Python, what is the purpose of __slots__ and what are the cases one should avoid this? TLDR: The special attribute __slots__ allows you to explicitly state which instance attributes you expect your object instances to have, with the expected results: faster attribute access. space savings in memory. The space savings is from Storing value references in slots instead of __dict__. Denying __dict__ and __weakref__ creation if parent classes deny them and you declare __slots__. Quick Caveats Small caveat, you should only declare a particular slot one time in an inheritance tree. For example: class Base: __slots__ = "foo", "bar" class Right(Base): __slots__ = "baz", class Wrong(Base): __slots__ = "foo", "bar", "baz" # redundant foo and bar Python doesn"t object when you get this wrong (it probably should), problems might not otherwise manifest, but your objects will take up more space than they otherwise should. Python 3.8: >>> from sys import getsizeof >>> getsizeof(Right()), getsizeof(Wrong()) (56, 72) This is because the Base"s slot descriptor has a slot separate from the Wrong"s. This shouldn"t usually come up, but it could: >>> w = Wrong() >>> w.foo = "foo" >>> Base.foo.__get__(w) Traceback (most recent call last): File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module> AttributeError: foo >>> Wrong.foo.__get__(w) "foo" The biggest caveat is for multiple inheritance - multiple "parent classes with nonempty slots" cannot be combined. To accommodate this restriction, follow best practices: Factor out all but one or all parents" abstraction which their concrete class respectively and your new concrete class collectively will inherit from - giving the abstraction(s) empty slots (just like abstract base classes in the standard library). See section on multiple inheritance below for an example. Requirements: To have attributes named in __slots__ to actually be stored in slots instead of a __dict__, a class must inherit from object (automatic in Python 3, but must be explicit in Python 2). To prevent the creation of a __dict__, you must inherit from object and all classes in the inheritance must declare __slots__ and none of them can have a "__dict__" entry. There are a lot of details if you wish to keep reading. Why use __slots__: Faster attribute access. The creator of Python, Guido van Rossum, states that he actually created __slots__ for faster attribute access. It is trivial to demonstrate measurably significant faster access: import timeit class Foo(object): __slots__ = "foo", class Bar(object): pass slotted = Foo() not_slotted = Bar() def get_set_delete_fn(obj): def get_set_delete(): obj.foo = "foo" obj.foo del obj.foo return get_set_delete and >>> min(timeit.repeat(get_set_delete_fn(slotted))) 0.2846834529991611 >>> min(timeit.repeat(get_set_delete_fn(not_slotted))) 0.3664822799983085 The slotted access is almost 30% faster in Python 3.5 on Ubuntu. >>> 0.3664822799983085 / 0.2846834529991611 1.2873325658284342 In Python 2 on Windows I have measured it about 15% faster. Why use __slots__: Memory Savings Another purpose of __slots__ is to reduce the space in memory that each object instance takes up. My own contribution to the documentation clearly states the reasons behind this: The space saved over using __dict__ can be significant. SQLAlchemy attributes a lot of memory savings to __slots__. To verify this, using the Anaconda distribution of Python 2.7 on Ubuntu Linux, with guppy.hpy (aka heapy) and sys.getsizeof, the size of a class instance without __slots__ declared, and nothing else, is 64 bytes. That does not include the __dict__. Thank you Python for lazy evaluation again, the __dict__ is apparently not called into existence until it is referenced, but classes without data are usually useless. When called into existence, the __dict__ attribute is a minimum of 280 bytes additionally. In contrast, a class instance with __slots__ declared to be () (no data) is only 16 bytes, and 56 total bytes with one item in slots, 64 with two. For 64 bit Python, I illustrate the memory consumption in bytes in Python 2.7 and 3.6, for __slots__ and __dict__ (no slots defined) for each point where the dict grows in 3.6 (except for 0, 1, and 2 attributes): Python 2.7 Python 3.6 attrs __slots__ __dict__* __slots__ __dict__* | *(no slots defined) none 16 56 + 272‚Ä† 16 56 + 112‚Ä† | ‚Ä†if __dict__ referenced one 48 56 + 272 48 56 + 112 two 56 56 + 272 56 56 + 112 six 88 56 + 1040 88 56 + 152 11 128 56 + 1040 128 56 + 240 22 216 56 + 3344 216 56 + 408 43 384 56 + 3344 384 56 + 752 So, in spite of smaller dicts in Python 3, we see how nicely __slots__ scale for instances to save us memory, and that is a major reason you would want to use __slots__. Just for completeness of my notes, note that there is a one-time cost per slot in the class"s namespace of 64 bytes in Python 2, and 72 bytes in Python 3, because slots use data descriptors like properties, called "members". >>> Foo.foo <member "foo" of "Foo" objects> >>> type(Foo.foo) <class "member_descriptor"> >>> getsizeof(Foo.foo) 72 Demonstration of __slots__: To deny the creation of a __dict__, you must subclass object. Everything subclasses object in Python 3, but in Python 2 you had to be explicit: class Base(object): __slots__ = () now: >>> b = Base() >>> b.a = "a" Traceback (most recent call last): File "<pyshell#38>", line 1, in <module> b.a = "a" AttributeError: "Base" object has no attribute "a" Or subclass another class that defines __slots__ class Child(Base): __slots__ = ("a",) and now: c = Child() c.a = "a" but: >>> c.b = "b" Traceback (most recent call last): File "<pyshell#42>", line 1, in <module> c.b = "b" AttributeError: "Child" object has no attribute "b" To allow __dict__ creation while subclassing slotted objects, just add "__dict__" to the __slots__ (note that slots are ordered, and you shouldn"t repeat slots that are already in parent classes): class SlottedWithDict(Child): __slots__ = ("__dict__", "b") swd = SlottedWithDict() swd.a = "a" swd.b = "b" swd.c = "c" and >>> swd.__dict__ {"c": "c"} Or you don"t even need to declare __slots__ in your subclass, and you will still use slots from the parents, but not restrict the creation of a __dict__: class NoSlots(Child): pass ns = NoSlots() ns.a = "a" ns.b = "b" And: >>> ns.__dict__ {"b": "b"} However, __slots__ may cause problems for multiple inheritance: class BaseA(object): __slots__ = ("a",) class BaseB(object): __slots__ = ("b",) Because creating a child class from parents with both non-empty slots fails: >>> class Child(BaseA, BaseB): __slots__ = () Traceback (most recent call last): File "<pyshell#68>", line 1, in <module> class Child(BaseA, BaseB): __slots__ = () TypeError: Error when calling the metaclass bases multiple bases have instance lay-out conflict If you run into this problem, You could just remove __slots__ from the parents, or if you have control of the parents, give them empty slots, or refactor to abstractions: from abc import ABC class AbstractA(ABC): __slots__ = () class BaseA(AbstractA): __slots__ = ("a",) class AbstractB(ABC): __slots__ = () class BaseB(AbstractB): __slots__ = ("b",) class Child(AbstractA, AbstractB): __slots__ = ("a", "b") c = Child() # no problem! Add "__dict__" to __slots__ to get dynamic assignment: class Foo(object): __slots__ = "bar", "baz", "__dict__" and now: >>> foo = Foo() >>> foo.boink = "boink" So with "__dict__" in slots we lose some of the size benefits with the upside of having dynamic assignment and still having slots for the names we do expect. When you inherit from an object that isn"t slotted, you get the same sort of semantics when you use __slots__ - names that are in __slots__ point to slotted values, while any other values are put in the instance"s __dict__. Avoiding __slots__ because you want to be able to add attributes on the fly is actually not a good reason - just add "__dict__" to your __slots__ if this is required. You can similarly add __weakref__ to __slots__ explicitly if you need that feature. Set to empty tuple when subclassing a namedtuple: The namedtuple builtin make immutable instances that are very lightweight (essentially, the size of tuples) but to get the benefits, you need to do it yourself if you subclass them: from collections import namedtuple class MyNT(namedtuple("MyNT", "bar baz")): """MyNT is an immutable and lightweight object""" __slots__ = () usage: >>> nt = MyNT("bar", "baz") >>> nt.bar "bar" >>> nt.baz "baz" And trying to assign an unexpected attribute raises an AttributeError because we have prevented the creation of __dict__: >>> nt.quux = "quux" Traceback (most recent call last): File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module> AttributeError: "MyNT" object has no attribute "quux" You can allow __dict__ creation by leaving off __slots__ = (), but you can"t use non-empty __slots__ with subtypes of tuple. Biggest Caveat: Multiple inheritance Even when non-empty slots are the same for multiple parents, they cannot be used together: class Foo(object): __slots__ = "foo", "bar" class Bar(object): __slots__ = "foo", "bar" # alas, would work if empty, i.e. () >>> class Baz(Foo, Bar): pass Traceback (most recent call last): File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module> TypeError: Error when calling the metaclass bases multiple bases have instance lay-out conflict Using an empty __slots__ in the parent seems to provide the most flexibility, allowing the child to choose to prevent or allow (by adding "__dict__" to get dynamic assignment, see section above) the creation of a __dict__: class Foo(object): __slots__ = () class Bar(object): __slots__ = () class Baz(Foo, Bar): __slots__ = ("foo", "bar") b = Baz() b.foo, b.bar = "foo", "bar" You don"t have to have slots - so if you add them, and remove them later, it shouldn"t cause any problems. Going out on a limb here: If you"re composing mixins or using abstract base classes, which aren"t intended to be instantiated, an empty __slots__ in those parents seems to be the best way to go in terms of flexibility for subclassers. To demonstrate, first, let"s create a class with code we"d like to use under multiple inheritance class AbstractBase: __slots__ = () def __init__(self, a, b): self.a = a self.b = b def __repr__(self): return f"{type(self).__name__}({repr(self.a)}, {repr(self.b)})" We could use the above directly by inheriting and declaring the expected slots: class Foo(AbstractBase): __slots__ = "a", "b" But we don"t care about that, that"s trivial single inheritance, we need another class we might also inherit from, maybe with a noisy attribute: class AbstractBaseC: __slots__ = () @property def c(self): print("getting c!") return self._c @c.setter def c(self, arg): print("setting c!") self._c = arg Now if both bases had nonempty slots, we couldn"t do the below. (In fact, if we wanted, we could have given AbstractBase nonempty slots a and b, and left them out of the below declaration - leaving them in would be wrong): class Concretion(AbstractBase, AbstractBaseC): __slots__ = "a b _c".split() And now we have functionality from both via multiple inheritance, and can still deny __dict__ and __weakref__ instantiation: >>> c = Concretion("a", "b") >>> c.c = c setting c! >>> c.c getting c! Concretion("a", "b") >>> c.d = "d" Traceback (most recent call last): File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module> AttributeError: "Concretion" object has no attribute "d" Other cases to avoid slots: Avoid them when you want to perform __class__ assignment with another class that doesn"t have them (and you can"t add them) unless the slot layouts are identical. (I am very interested in learning who is doing this and why.) Avoid them if you want to subclass variable length builtins like long, tuple, or str, and you want to add attributes to them. Avoid them if you insist on providing default values via class attributes for instance variables. You may be able to tease out further caveats from the rest of the __slots__ documentation (the 3.7 dev docs are the most current), which I have made significant recent contributions to. Critiques of other answers The current top answers cite outdated information and are quite hand-wavy and miss the mark in some important ways. Do not "only use __slots__ when instantiating lots of objects" I quote: "You would want to use __slots__ if you are going to instantiate a lot (hundreds, thousands) of objects of the same class." Abstract Base Classes, for example, from the collections module, are not instantiated, yet __slots__ are declared for them. Why? If a user wishes to deny __dict__ or __weakref__ creation, those things must not be available in the parent classes. __slots__ contributes to reusability when creating interfaces or mixins. It is true that many Python users aren"t writing for reusability, but when you are, having the option to deny unnecessary space usage is valuable. __slots__ doesn"t break pickling When pickling a slotted object, you may find it complains with a misleading TypeError: >>> pickle.loads(pickle.dumps(f)) TypeError: a class that defines __slots__ without defining __getstate__ cannot be pickled This is actually incorrect. This message comes from the oldest protocol, which is the default. You can select the latest protocol with the -1 argument. In Python 2.7 this would be 2 (which was introduced in 2.3), and in 3.6 it is 4. >>> pickle.loads(pickle.dumps(f, -1)) <__main__.Foo object at 0x1129C770> in Python 2.7: >>> pickle.loads(pickle.dumps(f, 2)) <__main__.Foo object at 0x1129C770> in Python 3.6 >>> pickle.loads(pickle.dumps(f, 4)) <__main__.Foo object at 0x1129C770> So I would keep this in mind, as it is a solved problem. Critique of the (until Oct 2, 2016) accepted answer The first paragraph is half short explanation, half predictive. Here"s the only part that actually answers the question The proper use of __slots__ is to save space in objects. Instead of having a dynamic dict that allows adding attributes to objects at anytime, there is a static structure which does not allow additions after creation. This saves the overhead of one dict for every object that uses slots The second half is wishful thinking, and off the mark: While this is sometimes a useful optimization, it would be completely unnecessary if the Python interpreter was dynamic enough so that it would only require the dict when there actually were additions to the object. Python actually does something similar to this, only creating the __dict__ when it is accessed, but creating lots of objects with no data is fairly ridiculous. The second paragraph oversimplifies and misses actual reasons to avoid __slots__. The below is not a real reason to avoid slots (for actual reasons, see the rest of my answer above.): They change the behavior of the objects that have slots in a way that can be abused by control freaks and static typing weenies. It then goes on to discuss other ways of accomplishing that perverse goal with Python, not discussing anything to do with __slots__. The third paragraph is more wishful thinking. Together it is mostly off-the-mark content that the answerer didn"t even author and contributes to ammunition for critics of the site. Memory usage evidence Create some normal objects and slotted objects: >>> class Foo(object): pass >>> class Bar(object): __slots__ = () Instantiate a million of them: >>> foos = [Foo() for f in xrange(1000000)] >>> bars = [Bar() for b in xrange(1000000)] Inspect with guppy.hpy().heap(): >>> guppy.hpy().heap() Partition of a set of 2028259 objects. Total size = 99763360 bytes. Index Count % Size % Cumulative % Kind (class / dict of class) 0 1000000 49 64000000 64 64000000 64 __main__.Foo 1 169 0 16281480 16 80281480 80 list 2 1000000 49 16000000 16 96281480 97 __main__.Bar 3 12284 1 987472 1 97268952 97 str ... Access the regular objects and their __dict__ and inspect again: >>> for f in foos: ... f.__dict__ >>> guppy.hpy().heap() Partition of a set of 3028258 objects. Total size = 379763480 bytes. Index Count % Size % Cumulative % Kind (class / dict of class) 0 1000000 33 280000000 74 280000000 74 dict of __main__.Foo 1 1000000 33 64000000 17 344000000 91 __main__.Foo 2 169 0 16281480 4 360281480 95 list 3 1000000 33 16000000 4 376281480 99 __main__.Bar 4 12284 0 987472 0 377268952 99 str ... This is consistent with the history of Python, from Unifying types and classes in Python 2.2 If you subclass a built-in type, extra space is automatically added to the instances to accomodate __dict__ and __weakrefs__. (The __dict__ is not initialized until you use it though, so you shouldn"t worry about the space occupied by an empty dictionary for each instance you create.) If you don"t need this extra space, you can add the phrase "__slots__ = []" to your class. Answer #7 os.listdir() - list in the current directory With listdir in os module you get the files and the folders in the current dir import os arr = os.listdir() print(arr) >>> ["\$RECYCLE.BIN", "work.txt", "3ebooks.txt", "documents"] Looking in a directory arr = os.listdir("c:\files") glob from glob with glob you can specify a type of file to list like this import glob txtfiles = [] for file in glob.glob("*.txt"): txtfiles.append(file) glob in a list comprehension mylist = [f for f in glob.glob("*.txt")] get the full path of only files in the current directory import os from os import listdir from os.path import isfile, join cwd = os.getcwd() onlyfiles = [os.path.join(cwd, f) for f in os.listdir(cwd) if os.path.isfile(os.path.join(cwd, f))] print(onlyfiles) ["G:\getfilesname\getfilesname.py", "G:\getfilesname\example.txt"] Getting the full path name with os.path.abspath You get the full path in return import os files_path = [os.path.abspath(x) for x in os.listdir()] print(files_path) ["F:\documentiapplications.txt", "F:\documenticollections.txt"] Walk: going through sub directories os.walk returns the root, the directories list and the files list, that is why I unpacked them in r, d, f in the for loop; it, then, looks for other files and directories in the subfolders of the root and so on until there are no subfolders. import os # Getting the current work directory (cwd) thisdir = os.getcwd() # r=root, d=directories, f = files for r, d, f in os.walk(thisdir): for file in f: if file.endswith(".docx"): print(os.path.join(r, file)) os.listdir(): get files in the current directory (Python 2) In Python 2, if you want the list of the files in the current directory, you have to give the argument as "." or os.getcwd() in the os.listdir method. import os arr = os.listdir(".") print(arr) >>> ["\$RECYCLE.BIN", "work.txt", "3ebooks.txt", "documents"] To go up in the directory tree # Method 1 x = os.listdir("..") # Method 2 x= os.listdir("/") Get files: os.listdir() in a particular directory (Python 2 and 3) import os arr = os.listdir("F:\python") print(arr) >>> ["\$RECYCLE.BIN", "work.txt", "3ebooks.txt", "documents"] Get files of a particular subdirectory with os.listdir() import os x = os.listdir("./content") os.walk(".") - current directory import os arr = next(os.walk("."))[2] print(arr) >>> ["5bs_Turismo1.pdf", "5bs_Turismo1.pptx", "esperienza.txt"] next(os.walk(".")) and os.path.join("dir", "file") import os arr = [] for d,r,f in next(os.walk("F:\_python")): for file in f: arr.append(os.path.join(r,file)) for f in arr: print(files) >>> F:\_python\dict_class.py >>> F:\_python\programmi.txt next(os.walk("F:\") - get the full path - list comprehension [os.path.join(r,file) for r,d,f in next(os.walk("F:\_python")) for file in f] >>> ["F:\_python\dict_class.py", "F:\_python\programmi.txt"] os.walk - get full path - all files in sub dirs** x = [os.path.join(r,file) for r,d,f in os.walk("F:\_python") for file in f] print(x) >>> ["F:\_python\dict.py", "F:\_python\progr.txt", "F:\_python\readl.py"] os.listdir() - get only txt files arr_txt = [x for x in os.listdir() if x.endswith(".txt")] print(arr_txt) >>> ["work.txt", "3ebooks.txt"] Using glob to get the full path of the files If I should need the absolute path of the files: from path import path from glob import glob x = [path(f).abspath() for f in glob("F:\*.txt")] for f in x: print(f) >>> F:acquistionline.txt >>> F:acquisti_2018.txt >>> F:ootstrap_jquery_ecc.txt Using os.path.isfile to avoid directories in the list import os.path listOfFiles = [f for f in os.listdir() if os.path.isfile(f)] print(listOfFiles) >>> ["a simple game.py", "data.txt", "decorator.py"] Using pathlib from Python 3.4 import pathlib flist = [] for p in pathlib.Path(".").iterdir(): if p.is_file(): print(p) flist.append(p) >>> error.PNG >>> exemaker.bat >>> guiprova.mp3 >>> setup.py >>> speak_gui2.py >>> thumb.PNG With list comprehension: flist = [p for p in pathlib.Path(".").iterdir() if p.is_file()] Alternatively, use pathlib.Path() instead of pathlib.Path(".") Use glob method in pathlib.Path() import pathlib py = pathlib.Path().glob("*.py") for file in py: print(file) >>> stack_overflow_list.py >>> stack_overflow_list_tkinter.py Get all and only files with os.walk import os x = [i[2] for i in os.walk(".")] y=[] for t in x: for f in t: y.append(f) print(y) >>> ["append_to_list.py", "data.txt", "data1.txt", "data2.txt", "data_180617", "os_walk.py", "READ2.py", "read_data.py", "somma_defaltdic.py", "substitute_words.py", "sum_data.py", "data.txt", "data1.txt", "data_180617"] Get only files with next and walk in a directory import os x = next(os.walk("F://python"))[2] print(x) >>> ["calculator.bat","calculator.py"] Get only directories with next and walk in a directory import os next(os.walk("F://python"))[1] # for the current dir use (".") >>> ["python3","others"] Get all the subdir names with walk for r,d,f in os.walk("F:\_python"): for dirs in d: print(dirs) >>> .vscode >>> pyexcel >>> pyschool.py >>> subtitles >>> _metaprogramming >>> .ipynb_checkpoints os.scandir() from Python 3.5 and greater import os x = [f.name for f in os.scandir() if f.is_file()] print(x) >>> ["calculator.bat","calculator.py"] # Another example with scandir (a little variation from docs.python.org) # This one is more efficient than os.listdir. # In this case, it shows the files only in the current directory # where the script is executed. import os with os.scandir() as i: for entry in i: if entry.is_file(): print(entry.name) >>> ebookmaker.py >>> error.PNG >>> exemaker.bat >>> guiprova.mp3 >>> setup.py >>> speakgui4.py >>> speak_gui2.py >>> speak_gui3.py >>> thumb.PNG Examples: Ex. 1: How many files are there in the subdirectories? In this example, we look for the number of files that are included in all the directory and its subdirectories. import os def count(dir, counter=0): "returns number of files in dir and subdirs" for pack in os.walk(dir): for f in pack[2]: counter += 1 return dir + " : " + str(counter) + "files" print(count("F:\python")) >>> "F:\python" : 12057 files" Ex.2: How to copy all files from a directory to another? A script to make order in your computer finding all files of a type (default: pptx) and copying them in a new folder. import os import shutil from path import path destination = "F:\file_copied" # os.makedirs(destination) def copyfile(dir, filetype="pptx", counter=0): "Searches for pptx (or other - pptx is the default) files and copies them" for pack in os.walk(dir): for f in pack[2]: if f.endswith(filetype): fullpath = pack[0] + "\" + f print(fullpath) shutil.copy(fullpath, destination) counter += 1 if counter > 0: print("-" * 30) print(" ==> Found in: `" + dir + "` : " + str(counter) + " files ") for dir in os.listdir(): "searches for folders that starts with `_`" if dir[0] == "_": # copyfile(dir, filetype="pdf") copyfile(dir, filetype="txt") >>> _compiti18Compito Contabilit√† 1conti.txt >>> _compiti18Compito Contabilit√† 1modula4.txt >>> _compiti18Compito Contabilit√† 1moduloa4.txt >>> ------------------------ >>> ==> Found in: `_compiti18` : 3 files Ex. 3: How to get all the files in a txt file In case you want to create a txt file with all the file names: import os mylist = "" with open("filelist.txt", "w", encoding="utf-8") as file: for eachfile in os.listdir(): mylist += eachfile + " " file.write(mylist) Example: txt with all the files of an hard drive """ We are going to save a txt file with all the files in your directory. We will use the function walk() """ import os # see all the methods of os # print(*dir(os), sep=", ") listafile = [] percorso = [] with open("lista_file.txt", "w", encoding="utf-8") as testo: for root, dirs, files in os.walk("D:\"): for file in files: listafile.append(file) percorso.append(root + "\" + file) testo.write(file + " ") listafile.sort() print("N. of files", len(listafile)) with open("lista_file_ordinata.txt", "w", encoding="utf-8") as testo_ordinato: for file in listafile: testo_ordinato.write(file + " ") with open("percorso.txt", "w", encoding="utf-8") as file_percorso: for file in percorso: file_percorso.write(file + " ") os.system("lista_file.txt") os.system("lista_file_ordinata.txt") os.system("percorso.txt") All the file of C: in one text file This is a shorter version of the previous code. Change the folder where to start finding the files if you need to start from another position. This code generate a 50 mb on text file on my computer with something less then 500.000 lines with files with the complete path. import os with open("file.txt", "w", encoding="utf-8") as filewrite: for r, d, f in os.walk("C:\"): for file in f: filewrite.write(f"{r + file} ") How to write a file with all paths in a folder of a type With this function you can create a txt file that will have the name of a type of file that you look for (ex. pngfile.txt) with all the full path of all the files of that type. It can be useful sometimes, I think. import os def searchfiles(extension=".ttf", folder="H:\"): "Create a txt file with all the file of a type" with open(extension[1:] + "file.txt", "w", encoding="utf-8") as filewrite: for r, d, f in os.walk(folder): for file in f: if file.endswith(extension): filewrite.write(f"{r + file} ") # looking for png file (fonts) in the hard disk H: searchfiles(".png", "H:\") >>> H:4bs_18Dolphins5.png >>> H:4bs_18Dolphins6.png >>> H:4bs_18Dolphins7.png >>> H:5_18marketing htmlassetsimageslogo2.png >>> H:7z001.png >>> H:7z002.png (New) Find all files and open them with tkinter GUI I just wanted to add in this 2019 a little app to search for all files in a dir and be able to open them by doubleclicking on the name of the file in the list. import tkinter as tk import os def searchfiles(extension=".txt", folder="H:\"): "insert all files in the listbox" for r, d, f in os.walk(folder): for file in f: if file.endswith(extension): lb.insert(0, r + "\" + file) def open_file(): os.startfile(lb.get(lb.curselection()[0])) root = tk.Tk() root.geometry("400x400") bt = tk.Button(root, text="Search", command=lambda:searchfiles(".png", "H:\")) bt.pack() lb = tk.Listbox(root) lb.pack(fill="both", expand=1) lb.bind("<Double-Button>", lambda x: open_file()) root.mainloop() Answer #8 This is the behaviour to adopt when the referenced object is deleted. It is not specific to Django; this is an SQL standard. Although Django has its own implementation on top of SQL. (1) There are seven possible actions to take when such event occurs: CASCADE: When the referenced object is deleted, also delete the objects that have references to it (when you remove a blog post for instance, you might want to delete comments as well). SQL equivalent: CASCADE. PROTECT: Forbid the deletion of the referenced object. To delete it you will have to delete all objects that reference it manually. SQL equivalent: RESTRICT. RESTRICT: (introduced in Django 3.1) Similar behavior as PROTECT that matches SQL"s RESTRICT more accurately. (See django documentation example) SET_NULL: Set the reference to NULL (requires the field to be nullable). For instance, when you delete a User, you might want to keep the comments he posted on blog posts, but say it was posted by an anonymous (or deleted) user. SQL equivalent: SET NULL. SET_DEFAULT: Set the default value. SQL equivalent: SET DEFAULT. SET(...): Set a given value. This one is not part of the SQL standard and is entirely handled by Django. DO_NOTHING: Probably a very bad idea since this would create integrity issues in your database (referencing an object that actually doesn"t exist). SQL equivalent: NO ACTION. (2) Source: Django documentation See also the documentation of PostgreSQL for instance. In most cases, CASCADE is the expected behaviour, but for every ForeignKey, you should always ask yourself what is the expected behaviour in this situation. PROTECT and SET_NULL are often useful. Setting CASCADE where it should not, can potentially delete all of your database in cascade, by simply deleting a single user. Additional note to clarify cascade direction It"s funny to notice that the direction of the CASCADE action is not clear to many people. Actually, it"s funny to notice that only the CASCADE action is not clear. I understand the cascade behavior might be confusing, however you must think that it is the same direction as any other action. Thus, if you feel that CASCADE direction is not clear to you, it actually means that on_delete behavior is not clear to you. In your database, a foreign key is basically represented by an integer field which value is the primary key of the foreign object. Let"s say you have an entry comment_A, which has a foreign key to an entry article_B. If you delete the entry comment_A, everything is fine. article_B used to live without comment_A and don"t bother if it"s deleted. However, if you delete article_B, then comment_A panics! It never lived without article_B and needs it, and it"s part of its attributes (article=article_B, but what is article_B???). This is where on_delete steps in, to determine how to resolve this integrity error, either by saying: "No! Please! Don"t! I can"t live without you!" (which is said PROTECT or RESTRICT in Django/SQL) "All right, if I"m not yours, then I"m nobody"s" (which is said SET_NULL) "Good bye world, I can"t live without article_B" and commit suicide (this is the CASCADE behavior). "It"s OK, I"ve got spare lover, and I"ll reference article_C from now" (SET_DEFAULT, or even SET(...)). "I can"t face reality, and I"ll keep calling your name even if that"s the only thing left to me!" (DO_NOTHING) I hope it makes cascade direction clearer. :) Footnotes (1) Django has its own implementation on top of SQL. And, as mentioned by @JoeMjr2 in the comments below, Django will not create the SQL constraints. If you want the constraints to be ensured by your database (for instance, if your database is used by another application, or if you hang in the database console from time to time), you might want to set the related constraints manually yourself. There is an open ticket to add support for database-level on delete constrains in Django. (2) Actually, there is one case where DO_NOTHING can be useful: If you want to skip Django"s implementation and implement the constraint yourself at the database-level. Answer #9 Label vs. Location The main distinction between the two methods is: loc gets rows (and/or columns) with particular labels. iloc gets rows (and/or columns) at integer locations. To demonstrate, consider a series s of characters with a non-monotonic integer index: >>> s = pd.Series(list("abcdef"), index=[49, 48, 47, 0, 1, 2]) 49 a 48 b 47 c 0 d 1 e 2 f >>> s.loc[0] # value at index label 0 "d" >>> s.iloc[0] # value at index location 0 "a" >>> s.loc[0:1] # rows at index labels between 0 and 1 (inclusive) 0 d 1 e >>> s.iloc[0:1] # rows at index location between 0 and 1 (exclusive) 49 a Here are some of the differences/similarities between s.loc and s.iloc when passed various objects: <object> description s.loc[<object>] s.iloc[<object>] 0 single item Value at index label 0 (the string "d") Value at index location 0 (the string "a") 0:1 slice Two rows (labels 0 and 1) One row (first row at location 0) 1:47 slice with out-of-bounds end Zero rows (empty Series) Five rows (location 1 onwards) 1:47:-1 slice with negative step three rows (labels 1 back to 47) Zero rows (empty Series) [2, 0] integer list Two rows with given labels Two rows with given locations s > "e" Bool series (indicating which values have the property) One row (containing "f") NotImplementedError (s>"e").values Bool array One row (containing "f") Same as loc 999 int object not in index KeyError IndexError (out of bounds) -1 int object not in index KeyError Returns last value in s lambda x: x.index[3] callable applied to series (here returning 3rd item in index) s.loc[s.index[3]] s.iloc[s.index[3]] loc"s label-querying capabilities extend well-beyond integer indexes and it"s worth highlighting a couple of additional examples. Here"s a Series where the index contains string objects: >>> s2 = pd.Series(s.index, index=s.values) >>> s2 a 49 b 48 c 47 d 0 e 1 f 2 Since loc is label-based, it can fetch the first value in the Series using s2.loc["a"]. It can also slice with non-integer objects: >>> s2.loc["c":"e"] # all rows lying between "c" and "e" (inclusive) c 47 d 0 e 1 For DateTime indexes, we don"t need to pass the exact date/time to fetch by label. For example: >>> s3 = pd.Series(list("abcde"), pd.date_range("now", periods=5, freq="M")) >>> s3 2021-01-31 16:41:31.879768 a 2021-02-28 16:41:31.879768 b 2021-03-31 16:41:31.879768 c 2021-04-30 16:41:31.879768 d 2021-05-31 16:41:31.879768 e Then to fetch the row(s) for March/April 2021 we only need: >>> s3.loc["2021-03":"2021-04"] 2021-03-31 17:04:30.742316 c 2021-04-30 17:04:30.742316 d Rows and Columns loc and iloc work the same way with DataFrames as they do with Series. It"s useful to note that both methods can address columns and rows together. When given a tuple, the first element is used to index the rows and, if it exists, the second element is used to index the columns. Consider the DataFrame defined below: >>> import numpy as np >>> df = pd.DataFrame(np.arange(25).reshape(5, 5), index=list("abcde"), columns=["x","y","z", 8, 9]) >>> df x y z 8 9 a 0 1 2 3 4 b 5 6 7 8 9 c 10 11 12 13 14 d 15 16 17 18 19 e 20 21 22 23 24 Then for example: >>> df.loc["c": , :"z"] # rows "c" and onwards AND columns up to "z" x y z c 10 11 12 d 15 16 17 e 20 21 22 >>> df.iloc[:, 3] # all rows, but only the column at index location 3 a 3 b 8 c 13 d 18 e 23 Sometimes we want to mix label and positional indexing methods for the rows and columns, somehow combining the capabilities of loc and iloc. For example, consider the following DataFrame. How best to slice the rows up to and including "c" and take the first four columns? >>> import numpy as np >>> df = pd.DataFrame(np.arange(25).reshape(5, 5), index=list("abcde"), columns=["x","y","z", 8, 9]) >>> df x y z 8 9 a 0 1 2 3 4 b 5 6 7 8 9 c 10 11 12 13 14 d 15 16 17 18 19 e 20 21 22 23 24 We can achieve this result using iloc and the help of another method: >>> df.iloc[:df.index.get_loc("c") + 1, :4] x y z 8 a 0 1 2 3 b 5 6 7 8 c 10 11 12 13 get_loc() is an index method meaning "get the position of the label in this index". Note that since slicing with iloc is exclusive of its endpoint, we must add 1 to this value if we want row "c" as well. Answer #10 Quick Answer: The simplest way to get row counts per group is by calling .size(), which returns a Series: df.groupby(["col1","col2"]).size() Usually you want this result as a DataFrame (instead of a Series) so you can do: df.groupby(["col1", "col2"]).size().reset_index(name="counts") If you want to find out how to calculate the row counts and other statistics for each group continue reading below. Detailed example: Consider the following example dataframe: In [2]: df Out[2]: col1 col2 col3 col4 col5 col6 0 A B 0.20 -0.61 -0.49 1.49 1 A B -1.53 -1.01 -0.39 1.82 2 A B -0.44 0.27 0.72 0.11 3 A B 0.28 -1.32 0.38 0.18 4 C D 0.12 0.59 0.81 0.66 5 C D -0.13 -1.65 -1.64 0.50 6 C D -1.42 -0.11 -0.18 -0.44 7 E F -0.00 1.42 -0.26 1.17 8 E F 0.91 -0.47 1.35 -0.34 9 G H 1.48 -0.63 -1.14 0.17 First let"s use .size() to get the row counts: In [3]: df.groupby(["col1", "col2"]).size() Out[3]: col1 col2 A B 4 C D 3 E F 2 G H 1 dtype: int64 Then let"s use .size().reset_index(name="counts") to get the row counts: In [4]: df.groupby(["col1", "col2"]).size().reset_index(name="counts") Out[4]: col1 col2 counts 0 A B 4 1 C D 3 2 E F 2 3 G H 1 Including results for more statistics When you want to calculate statistics on grouped data, it usually looks like this: In [5]: (df ...: .groupby(["col1", "col2"]) ...: .agg({ ...: "col3": ["mean", "count"], ...: "col4": ["median", "min", "count"] ...: })) Out[5]: col4 col3 median min count mean count col1 col2 A B -0.810 -1.32 4 -0.372500 4 C D -0.110 -1.65 3 -0.476667 3 E F 0.475 -0.47 2 0.455000 2 G H -0.630 -0.63 1 1.480000 1 The result above is a little annoying to deal with because of the nested column labels, and also because row counts are on a per column basis. To gain more control over the output I usually split the statistics into individual aggregations that I then combine using join. It looks like this: In [6]: gb = df.groupby(["col1", "col2"]) ...: counts = gb.size().to_frame(name="counts") ...: (counts ...: .join(gb.agg({"col3": "mean"}).rename(columns={"col3": "col3_mean"})) ...: .join(gb.agg({"col4": "median"}).rename(columns={"col4": "col4_median"})) ...: .join(gb.agg({"col4": "min"}).rename(columns={"col4": "col4_min"})) ...: .reset_index() ...: ) ...: Out[6]: col1 col2 counts col3_mean col4_median col4_min 0 A B 4 -0.372500 -0.810 -1.32 1 C D 3 -0.476667 -0.110 -1.65 2 E F 2 0.455000 0.475 -0.47 3 G H 1 1.480000 -0.630 -0.63 Footnotes The code used to generate the test data is shown below: In [1]: import numpy as np ...: import pandas as pd ...: ...: keys = np.array([ ...: ["A", "B"], ...: ["A", "B"], ...: ["A", "B"], ...: ["A", "B"], ...: ["C", "D"], ...: ["C", "D"], ...: ["C", "D"], ...: ["E", "F"], ...: ["E", "F"], ...: ["G", "H"] ...: ]) ...: ...: df = pd.DataFrame( ...: np.hstack([keys,np.random.randn(10,4).round(2)]), ...: columns = ["col1", "col2", "col3", "col4", "col5", "col6"] ...: ) ...: ...: df[["col3", "col4", "col5", "col6"]] = ...: df[["col3", "col4", "col5", "col6"]].astype(float) ...: Disclaimer: If some of the columns that you are aggregating have null values, then you really want to be looking at the group row counts as an independent aggregation for each column. Otherwise you may be misled as to how many records are actually being used to calculate things like the mean because pandas will drop NaN entries in the mean calculation without telling you about it. 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