Pandas Series

Pandas is an open-source library providing high-performance, easy-to-use data structures and data analysis tools for the Python programming language.

Python is pretty great for data preparation and munging but not for data analysis. Pandas help’s us to fill this gap, enabling us to carry out the entire data analysis process in Python.

Pandas provide us two distinct data types

  1. Pandas Series
  2. Pandas DataFrame

Pandas Series

Pandas Series is a one-dimensional array which can hold any data type. Pandas Series are labelled dataset. The axis label are collectively called as index.  In simple words, we can say the pandas Series is same as a column in excel as shown below. Here the series is labelled as A and row number depicts the index.

The difference between this excel column and Pandas Series is, the indexing in Series starts with “0”.

One of feature of Pandas Series it is not necessary to have the default indexing i.e. we can have a custom indexing as shown in above figure. label-based indexing provides a host of methods for performing operations involving the index.

Creating a Pandas Series

Pandas Series can be created using a numpy array, python list, python Dictionary, scalar values etc. by using the Keyword Series. We can check the data type of the Series elements by the keyword dtype.

Using List

To create a Pandas Series we have to import the pandas library. To create a Series from list, we can first create a list, or we can create a list in the Series syntax itself. We will see both the examples.


  import pandas as pd
 #Creating List
 list1 = [100,90,80,70,60]
 #passing list to Series Keyword
 series1 = pd.Series(list1)
 #creating list inside Series keyword
 series2 = pd.Series([1,2,3,4,5,6])


 0    100
 1     90
 2     80
 3     70
 4     60
 dtype: int64

 0    1
 1    2
 2    3
 3    4
 4    5
 5    6
 dtype: int64 

Using NumPy Array

To create a pandas series using numpy array, we have to import numpy library as well. We’ll create an array using array() function and passing that array to Series Keyword.


 import pandas as pd
 import numpy as np
 #Creating array
 array1 = np.array(["P","Y","T","H","O","N"])
 #Creating series using array
 series3 = pd.Series(array1)


0    P
1    Y
2    T
3    H
4    O
5    N
dtype: object  

Indexing of Pandas Series

In Pandas Series, if we do not pass any custom index, the series will have the default numerical index that starts from 0.  We can change the default indexing while creating the Series. We can add a new index after creating the series by using reindex keyword. The new created indexes will have null (NaN) value.


 #Creating Custom index
 ser1 = pd.Series(data,index = ["TATA","Hundai","Ferari","Suzuki"])
 #Adding new index value
 new_index = ["TATA","Hundai","Ferari","Suzuki","Mercedes"]
 ser2 = ser1.reindex(new_index)


 TATA      20
 Hundai    30
 Ferari    27
 Suzuki    24
 dtype: int64
 TATA        20.0
 Hundai      30.0
 Ferari      27.0
 Suzuki      24.0
 Mercedes     NaN
 dtype: float64  

Accessing Elements from a Series

We can access the elements of the series in two ways

  • Position
  • Index

To access the elements of the Series with their position number, is similar to that of accessing the elements of array.  We used the index operator [] to access the elements of the series.  To access multiple or partial elements from a series we use the slice operator[:].

We can also access the elements of the Series by the index is similar to that of position. Below are the example of both types.


 series1 = pd.Series(["Ajay","Amar","Priya","Sumit","Tarun"],index=["First","Second","Third","Fourth","Fifth"])
 # positional Slicing
 print("\n Third Element")
 print(series1[2]) #third element of series1
 #positional slicing multiple elements
 print("\n First 3 Elements")
 print(series1[:3]) # First 3 values
 #index slicing
 print("\n Second Element")


 First      Ajay
 Second     Amar
 Third     Priya
 Fourth    Sumit
 Fifth     Tarun
 dtype: object
  Third Element
  First 3 Elements
 First      Ajay
 Second     Amar
 Third     Priya
 dtype: object
  Second Element

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Gaurav Tiwari

My Name is Gaurav Tiwari. I am working in the IT industry for over 3.5+ years. I completed my B.E. from Mumbai University in 2015, Since then I’m working with Accenture Solutions PVT. LTD. as data Analyst.
I’ve started writing blogs as hobby.

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