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Create quasi-realistic data in Pandas

Edit 2021-03-02: it appears that as of 2020-01-06, the pandas.util.testing module has been deprecated.

I’m reading through some interesting tips for Python pandas and just sharing one that I found unique because it’s not something I thought would be built-in.

The neat feature I came across is the testing module in pandas. Here is some code to demonntrate

>>> import pandas.util.testing as tm
>>> import numpy as np
>>> np.random.seed(1234)
>>> tm.N, tm.K = 10, 5 # Specify rows and columns
>>> tm.makeDataFrame().head()
                   A         B         C         D         E
VtM1m0y5pX  1.230841  0.347694 -0.563551 -1.162548  0.928495
xPAERES8A2  2.000745 -0.554826 -1.780291 -0.206425  0.650911
64WCfqj2VY -0.672194 -0.804660  0.732865  1.054327  0.498752
W7mLIM6dNl  0.913888  2.476419  0.196534  2.555463  0.061842
aPlqdctmbl -0.404620 -0.245478  1.456968 -0.027662 -0.932364

It is but one of many other ways to create data, as shown with this fabulous list.

>>> [i for i in dir(tm) if i.startswith('make')]

Here you can find the code to all of these methods and their documentation.

Things to share

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