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Pandas DataFrame | assign method

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Pandas DataFrame.assign(~) method appends a new column to the DataFrame.

Parameters

1. kwargs | key:label and value:function or array-like

The key serves as the new column label.

Value Type

Description

functionlink

A function that takes in the source DataFrame as the sole argument, and returns a Series.

array-likelink

A scalar, Series or array holding the values of the column to append.

NOTE

You can reference previous columns that you've appended in the same call. Check the examples below for clarification.

Return value

A new DataFrame with the new columns appended.

Examples

Consider the following DataFrame:

df = pd.DataFrame({"A":[3,4], "B":[5,6]})
df
   A  B
0  3  5
1  4  6

Using a function

To append a new column C, which is the sum of column A and B:

df.assign(C=lambda my_df: my_df["A"] + my_df["B"])
   A  B  C
0  3  5  8
1  4  6  10

Using a scalar

To append a new column whose values are a single constant:

df.assign(C=20)
   A  B  C
0  3  5  20
1  4  6  20

For your reference, we show the same df here again:

df
A B
0 3 5
1 4 6

Using an array

To append a new column using an array:

df.assign(C=[7,8])
   A  B  C
0  3  5  7
1  4  6  8

Adding multiple columns

To add multiple columns in one-go:

df.assign(C=lambda p_df: p_df["A"] + p_df["B"], D=lambda p_df: p_df["C"] + 5)
   A  B  C  D
0  3  5  8  13
1  4  6  10 15

Notice how column D is constructed using column C, which also appears in the function call.

Overwriting an existing column

Consider the same DataFrame as before:

df
A B
0 3 5
1 4 6

If the label of the column you wish to append clashes with that of an existing column, then an overwrite will happen:

df.assign(A=[8,9])
A B
0 8 5
1 9 6
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