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Fix Data Quality Issues Using Python, NumPy, and Pandas

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Install The Tools

Download Dataset

Create a Jupyter Notebook

jupyter notebook
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Jupyter notebook file directory with an arrow pointing to “Python data cleaning practice.ipynb”
Jupyter file directory.
## for data
import numpy as np
import pandas as pd
# Import and read dataset
df = pd.read_csv('heart_failure_clinical_records_dataset.csv')
# Print the first 5 records of the data frame 
# Print a data frame shape
# Check the index 
RangeIndex(start=0, stop=299, step=1)
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Define Data Shape and Data Type

Python Pandas and NumPy data type mapping.
# Print information, shape, and data type for the data frame
<class 'pandas.core.frame.DataFrame'>
RangeIndex: 299 entries, 0 to 298
Data columns (total 13 columns):
# Column Non-Null Count Dtype
--- ------ -------------- -----
0 age 299 non-null float64
1 anaemia 299 non-null int64
2 creatinine_phosphokinase 299 non-null int64
3 diabetes 299 non-null int64
4 ejection_fraction 299 non-null int64
5 high_blood_pressure 299 non-null int64
6 platelets 299 non-null float64
7 serum_creatinine 299 non-null float64
8 serum_sodium 299 non-null int64
9 sex 299 non-null int64
10 smoking 299 non-null int64
11 time 299 non-null int64
12 DEATH_EVENT 299 non-null int64
dtypes: float64(3), int64(10)
memory usage: 30.5 KB
# Converty column data type to integer
df['age'] = df['age'].astype('int64')
# Print first 5 records of the data frame
# Change the data types for multiple fields to boolean
df.astype({'anemia': 'bool', 'diabetes': 'bool', 'high_blood_pressure':'bool', 'smoking':'bool', 'smoking':'bool'})

Fix Missing — Null — NaN Values

# Drop columns
drop_columns = ['col','col']
df = df.drop(drop_columns,axis=1)
# Drop any rows which have any NaNs
# Drop columns with over 70% non-NaNs df.dropna(thresh=int(df.shape[0] * .7), axis=1)# Drop rows with NaN value in a specific column
df.dropna(axis=0, subset=['colname'])
# Determine count of unique values for each column in the dataframe
# Checking if any rows are missing any data.
# Fill NaN with a blank space
df['col'] = df['col'].fillna(' ')
# Fill NaN values with a mean value
df['col'] = df['col'].fillna(df['col'].mean())

Handle Inconsistent Data

# Rename a column
df = df.rename(columns={'sex': 'gender'})
# Replace numerical value with string
df['gender'].replace(0, 'Female', inplace=True)
df['gender'].replace(1, 'Male', inplace=True)
# Replace all values that equal a specific variable
df = df.replace(valueToReplace =["current", "alsoCurrent"],value ="newvalue")


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