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Handling Different Data File In Python

Shashank Shanu

2 years ago

Table of Content
  • Handling CSV Files
  • Handling Text Files
  • Handling excel file
  • Conclusion
This article is a basic introduction to get some idea about how to import different data into python. So, let’s start.
Python provides us with many different functions to handle various types of data files. In this article, I will try to take you through some of the functions mostly used to handle different data files such as flat files, CSV and text, etc.

Handling CSV Files

     One of the most commonly used data file types is a CSV data file. CSV stands for comma-separated-values. This type of file store data into a table from where rows as observations and columns as attributes.
Let’s take an example
import pandas as pd
data = pd.read_csv("People Charm case.csv")
In the above example, we used python library pandas which have a function “read_csv()” to read a CSV file. Then we print the shape of the dataset and displayed only the top 5 rows of the dataset using the head() function.


Output | Insideaiml

Handling Text Files

One another most common flat file type is text files. Here we will take a file that contains details of weblog in the text data file.
data2 = pd.read_table("file4.txt")

In the above example, we are reading a text file using pandas “read_table()” function and printing it out.


Output | Insideaiml

Handling excel file

    We all know how popular and important excel file is and most of us used it in our day to day life. So, it does not need any detailed introduction.
Let’s take an example and see how we can read an excel file into python
data2 = pd.read_excel(“article topics.xlsx”)



Output | Insideaiml
Here we have an excel sheet and load it into python using “read_excel” function available in panda’s library.


      In this, we learned about how to import different types of the data file into python. Note I was using Jupiter notebook here so the output looks like this. The knowledge of predictive modelling is important but equally important is knowing how to import data files such as CSV, text, Excel files from a local machine into the Python environment.
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