Lecture 1.11 Pandas


Author: Umair_learning_Python

I was able to rename POP to population. But when I try to revert to single units (from thousands), I get the following error.
Please advice. Thanks.

In [66]: df['population'] = df['population'] * 1e3
-----------error message-------------
C:\Anaconda3\lib\site-packages\ipykernel\__main__.py:1: SettingWithCopyWarning: 
A value is trying to be set on a copy of a slice from a DataFrame.
Try using .loc[row_indexer,col_indexer] = value instead

See the caveats in the documentation:


  if __name__ == '__main__':
----------end of error message---------


Hi Umair,

Can you post the lines leading up to the line you have posted.

The issue is that along the way df represents a “view” of some original data (like a slice or limited range etc.). Pandas complains when trying to set values when working with an object that is a “view” of the underlying data as it will mutate the original data that it is “viewing”. One way to resolve this is that you can use a copy of the df dataframe to generate a new object of the elements the you are viewing using .copy() method.

Check out the associated link to the Pandas documentation attached to the warning


Author: Umair_learning_Python

The preceding lines were just the ones posted in the lecture. But I get your point about copy(). Thanks.