How can I get a value from a cell of a dataframe?


I have constructed a condition that extracts exactly one row from my data frame:

d2 = df[(df['l_ext']==l_ext) & (df['item']==item) & (df['wn']==wn) & (df['wd']==1)]

Now I would like to take a value from a particular column:

val = d2['col_name']

But as a result, I get a data frame that contains one row and one column (i.e., one cell). It is not what I need. I need one value (one float number). How can I do it in pandas?

Asked By: Roman



If you have a DataFrame with only one row, then access the first (only) row as a Series using iloc, and then the value using the column name:

In [3]: sub_df
          A         B
2 -0.133653 -0.030854

In [4]: sub_df.iloc[0]
A   -0.133653
B   -0.030854
Name: 2, dtype: float64

In [5]: sub_df.iloc[0]['A']
Out[5]: -0.13365288513107493
Answered By: Andy Hayden

These are fast access methods for scalars:

In [15]: df = pandas.DataFrame(numpy.random.randn(5, 3), columns=list('ABC'))

In [16]: df
          A         B         C
0 -0.074172 -0.090626  0.038272
1 -0.128545  0.762088 -0.714816
2  0.201498 -0.734963  0.558397
3  1.563307 -1.186415  0.848246
4  0.205171  0.962514  0.037709

In [17]: df.iat[0, 0]
Out[17]: -0.074171888537611502

In [18]:[0, 'A']
Out[18]: -0.074171888537611502
Answered By: Jeff

It looks like changes after pandas 10.1 or 13.1.

I upgraded from 10.1 to 13.1. Before, iloc is not available.

Now with 13.1, iloc[0]['label'] gets a single value array rather than a scalar.

Like this:

lastprice = stock.iloc[-1]['Close']


2014-02-26 118.2
name:Close, dtype: float64
Answered By: timeislove

For pandas 0.10, where iloc is unavailable, filter a DF and get the first row data for the column VALUE:

df_filt = df[df['C1'] == C1val & df['C2'] == C2val]
result = df_filt.get_value(df_filt.index[0],'VALUE')

If there is more than one row filtered, obtain the first row value. There will be an exception if the filter results in an empty data frame.

Answered By: Sergey Sergienko

I am not sure if this is a good practice, but I noticed I can also get just the value by casting the series as float.



3 0.042679

Name: Unemployment_rate, dtype: float64



Answered By: Michael Wei

The quickest and easiest options I have found are the following. 501 represents the row index.[501, 'column_name']
df.get_value(501, 'column_name')
Answered By: jroakes

Most answers are using iloc which is good for selection by position.

If you need selection-by-label, loc would be more convenient.

For getting a value explicitly (equiv to deprecated

# This is also equivalent to['a','A']
In [55]: df1.loc['a', 'A']
Out[55]: 0.13200317033032932
Answered By: Shihe Zhang

You can turn your 1×1 dataframe into a NumPy array, then access the first and only value of that array:

val = d2['col_name'].values[0]
Answered By: Guillaume

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Answered By: Su Tingxuan

I needed the value of one cell, selected by column and index names.
This solution worked for me:


Answered By: Natacha

It doesn’t need to be complicated:

val = df.loc[df.wd==1, 'col_name'].values[0]
Answered By: Eduardo Freitas

To get the full row’s value as JSON (instead of a Serie):

row = df.iloc[0]

Use the to_json method like below:

Answered By: hzitoun

Converting it to integer worked for me:

Answered By: Shaig Hamzaliyev

I’ve run across this when using dataframes with MultiIndexes and found squeeze useful.

From the documentation:

Squeeze 1 dimensional axis objects into scalars.

Series or DataFrames with a single element are squeezed to a scalar.
DataFrames with a single column or a single row are squeezed to a
Series. Otherwise the object is unchanged.

# Example for a dataframe with MultiIndex
> import pandas as pd

> df = pd.DataFrame(
                        [1, 2, 3],
                        [4, 5, 6],
                        [7, 8, 9]
                    index=pd.MultiIndex.from_tuples( [('i', 1), ('ii', 2), ('iii', 3)] ),
                    columns=pd.MultiIndex.from_tuples( [('A', 'a'), ('B', 'b'), ('C', 'c')] )

> df
       A  B  C
       a  b  c
i   1  1  2  3
ii  2  4  5  6
iii 3  7  8  9

> df.loc['ii', 'B']
2  5

> df.loc['ii', 'B'].squeeze()

Note that while[] also works (if you aren’t needing to use conditionals) you then still AFAIK need to specify all levels of the MultiIndex.


>[('ii', 2), ('B', 'b')]

I have a dataframe with a six-level index and two-level columns, so only having to specify the outer level is quite helpful.

Answered By: tyersome

In later versions, you can fix it by simply doing:

val = float(d2['col_name'].iloc[0])
Answered By: Daniel Gonçalves

Using .item() returns a scalar (not a Series), and it only works if there is a single element selected. It’s much safer than .values[0] which will return the first element regardless of how many are selected.

>>> df = pd.DataFrame({'a': [1,2,2], 'b': [4,5,6]})
>>> df[df['a'] == 1]['a']  # Returns a Series
0    1
Name: a, dtype: int64
>>> df[df['a'] == 1]['a'].item()
>>> df2 = df[df['a'] == 2]
>>> df2['b']
1    5
2    6
Name: b, dtype: int64
>>> df2['b'].values[0]
>>> df2['b'].item()
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pandas/core/", line 331, in item
    raise ValueError("can only convert an array of size 1 to a Python scalar")
ValueError: can only convert an array of size 1 to a Python scalar
Answered By: Emre
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