Practical uses of merge, join and concat

Combining data frames in pandas: which functions to use and when?

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Introduction

In this article, we will talk about combining data frames. You are probably very familiar with load functions in pandas that allow you to get access to data in order to do some analysis.

However, what happens if your data is not in one file but scattered across multiple ones? In that case, you will need to load the files one by one and combine the data into a single data frame using pandas functions.

We will show you how to do that and what functions to use depending on how you want to combine your data and what you want to achieve. We will learn about:

concat(),

merge(),

and join().

After reading this article you should be able to use all three of them to combine data in different ways.

Let’s get started!


concat()

This is the function that we recommend using if you have multiple data files with the same column names. It could be sales for a chain vendor where each year would be saved in a separate spreadsheet.

We are going to create two separate data frames with some fake data in order to illustrate this. Let’s start with creating a data frame for sales for the year 2018:

import pandas as pd
import numpy as np
sales_dictionary_2018 = {'name': ['Michael', 'Ana'], 
                     'revenue': ['1000', '2000'], 
                     'number_of_itmes_sold': [5, 7]}
sales_df_2018 = pd.DataFrame(sales_dictionary_2018)
sales_df_2018.head()

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This is a very simple data frame with their columns summarizing sales for the year 2018. We have a vendor name, a number of units they have sold and the revenue they have created.

Let’s create now a data frame that has exactly the same columns but covers a new time period: the year 2019.

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Apache Spark’s Join Algorithms

One of the most frequently used transformations in Apache Spark is Join operation. Joins in Apache Spark allow the developer to combine two or more data frames based on certain (sortable) keys. The syntax for writing a join operation is simple but some times what goes on behind the curtain is lost. Internally, for Joins Apache Spark proposes a couple of Algorithms and then chooses one of them. Not knowing what these internal algorithms are, and which one does spark choose might make a simple Join operation expensive.

While opting for a Join Algorithm, Spark looks at the size of the data frames involved. It considers the Join type and condition specified, and hint (if any) to finally decide upon the algorithm to use. In most of the cases, Sort Merge join and Shuffle Hash join are the two major power horses that drive the Spark SQL joins. But if spark finds the size of one of the data frames less than a certain threshold, Spark puts up Broadcast Join as it’s top contender.

Broadcast Hash Join

Looking at the Physical plan of a Join operation, a Broadcast Hash Join in Spark looks like this

Joins in Apache Spark: Broadcast Join

The above plan shows that the data frame from one of the branches broadcasts to every node containing the other data frame. In each node, Spark then performs the final Join operation. This is Spark’s per-node communication strategy.

Spark uses the Broadcast Hash Join when one of the data frame’s size is less than the threshold set in spark.sql.autoBroadcastJoinThreshold. It’s default value is 10 Mb, but can be changed using the following code

spark.conf.set("spark.sql.autoBroadcastJoinThreshold", 100 * 1024 * 1024)

This algorithm has the advantage that the other side of the join doesn’t require any shuffle. If this other side is very large, not doing the shuffle will bring notable speed-up as compared to other algorithms that would have to do the shuffle.

Broadcasting large datasets can also lead to timeout errors. A configuration spark.sql.broadcastTimeout sets the maximum time that a broadcast operation should take, past which the operation fails. The default timeout value is 5 minutes, but it can be set as follows:

spark.conf.set("spark.sql.broadcastTimeout", time_in_sec)

Sort Merge Join

If neither of the data frames can be broadcasted, then Spark resorts to Sort Merge Join. This algorithm uses the node-node communication strategy, where Spark shuffles the data across the cluster.

Sort Merge Join requires both sides of the join to have correct partitioning and order. Generally, this is ensured by** shuffle and sort** in both branches of the join as depicted below

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What Is The Use Of WordPress?

WordPress is the most popular website platform in the world. It is the first choice of businesses that want to set a feature-rich and dynamic Content Management System. So, if you ask what WordPress is used for, the answer is – everything. It is a super-flexible, feature-rich and secure platform that offers everything to build unique websites and applications. Let’s start knowing them:

1. Multiple Websites Under A Single Installation
WordPress Multisite allows you to develop multiple sites from a single WordPress installation. You can download WordPress and start building websites you want to launch under a single server. Literally speaking, you can handle hundreds of sites from one single dashboard, which now needs applause.
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2. WordPress Social Network
WordPress can be used for high-end projects such as Social Media Network. If you don’t have the money and patience to hire a coder and invest months in building a feature-rich social media site, go for WordPress. It is one of the most amazing uses of WordPress. Its stunning CMS is unbeatable. And you can build sites as good as Facebook or Reddit etc. It can just make the process a lot easier.
To set up a social media network, you would have to download a WordPress Plugin called BuddyPress. It would allow you to connect a community page with ease and would provide all the necessary features of a community or social media. It has direct messaging, activity stream, user groups, extended profiles, and so much more. You just have to download and configure it.
If BuddyPress doesn’t meet all your needs, don’t give up on your dreams. You can try out WP Symposium or PeepSo. There are also several themes you can use to build a social network.

3. Create A Forum For Your Brand’s Community
Communities are very important for your business. They help you stay in constant connection with your users and consumers. And allow you to turn them into a loyal customer base. Meanwhile, there are many good technologies that can be used for building a community page – the good old WordPress is still the best.
It is the best community development technology. If you want to build your online community, you need to consider all the amazing features you get with WordPress. Plugins such as BB Press is an open-source, template-driven PHP/ MySQL forum software. It is very simple and doesn’t hamper the experience of the website.
Other tools such as wpFoRo and Asgaros Forum are equally good for creating a community blog. They are lightweight tools that are easy to manage and integrate with your WordPress site easily. However, there is only one tiny problem; you need to have some technical knowledge to build a WordPress Community blog page.

4. Shortcodes
Since we gave you a problem in the previous section, we would also give you a perfect solution for it. You might not know to code, but you have shortcodes. Shortcodes help you execute functions without having to code. It is an easy way to build an amazing website, add new features, customize plugins easily. They are short lines of code, and rather than memorizing multiple lines; you can have zero technical knowledge and start building a feature-rich website or application.
There are also plugins like Shortcoder, Shortcodes Ultimate, and the Basics available on WordPress that can be used, and you would not even have to remember the shortcodes.

5. Build Online Stores
If you still think about why to use WordPress, use it to build an online store. You can start selling your goods online and start selling. It is an affordable technology that helps you build a feature-rich eCommerce store with WordPress.
WooCommerce is an extension of WordPress and is one of the most used eCommerce solutions. WooCommerce holds a 28% share of the global market and is one of the best ways to set up an online store. It allows you to build user-friendly and professional online stores and has thousands of free and paid extensions. Moreover as an open-source platform, and you don’t have to pay for the license.
Apart from WooCommerce, there are Easy Digital Downloads, iThemes Exchange, Shopify eCommerce plugin, and so much more available.

6. Security Features
WordPress takes security very seriously. It offers tons of external solutions that help you in safeguarding your WordPress site. While there is no way to ensure 100% security, it provides regular updates with security patches and provides several plugins to help with backups, two-factor authorization, and more.
By choosing hosting providers like WP Engine, you can improve the security of the website. It helps in threat detection, manage patching and updates, and internal security audits for the customers, and so much more.

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Differences Between concat(), merge() and join() with Python

Combining data frame in pandas

Introduction

In this article, we will discuss combining the data frames with the help of pandas methods. Sometimes when we are working on a big project and data is coming from different sources then we need to combine those data as one data frame.There are few methods in pandas that data science people are using to make the data frame in more valuable condition.The methods are divided in terms of rows and columns addition.The methods merge() and join() are working based on common keys and indexes with SQL join method approach.The method concat() is working on data frames to combine them and make one resulted data frame.You can go to this basic article on series and data frame for per-reqiuisite.

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Practice Problems: How To Join DataFrames in Pandas

Hey - Nick here! This page is a free excerpt from my $199 course Python for Finance, which is 50% off for the next 50 students.

If you want the full course, click here to sign up.

It’s now time for some practice problems! See below for details on how to proceed.

Course Repository & Practice Problems

All of the code for this course’s practice problems can be found in this GitHub repository.

There are two options that you can use to complete the practice problems:

  • Open them in your browser with a platform called Binder using this link (recommended)
  • Download the repository to your local computer and open them in a Jupyter Notebook using Anaconda (a bit more tedious)

Note that binder can take up to a minute to load the repository, so please be patient.

Within that repository, there is a folder called starter-files and a folder called finished-files. You should open the appropriate practice problems within the starter-files folder and only consult the corresponding file in the finished-files folder if you get stuck.

The repository is public, which means that you can suggest changes using a pull request later in this course if you’d like.

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Your Ultimate Guide to SQL Join: CROSS JOIN

CROSS JOIN is in the spotlight. This article finishes our small series of SQL JOIN-related publications.

SQL Server CROSS JOIN is the simplest of all joins. It implements a combination of 2 tables without a join condition. If you have 5 rows in one table and 3 rows in another, you get 15 combinations. Another definition is a Cartesian Product.

Now, why would you want to combine tables without a join condition? Hang on a bit because we are getting there. First, let’s refer to the syntax.

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