Importing CSV files
read_csv method of the
pandas library can be used to read a file with comma separated values (CSV) and load it into memory as a pandas data frame. In this recipe, we read a CSV file and address some common issues: creating column names that make sense to us, parsing dates, and dropping rows with critical missing data.
Raw data is often stored as CSV files. These files have a carriage return at the end of each line of data to demarcate a row, and a comma between each data value to delineate columns. Something other than a comma can be used as the delimiter, such as a tab. Quotation marks may be placed around values, which can be helpful when the delimiter occurs naturally within certain values, which sometimes happens with commas.
All data in a CSV file are characters, regardless of the logical data type. This is why it is easy to view a CSV file, presuming it is not too large, in a text editor. The pandas
read_csv method will make an educated guess about...