Retrieving items from Series

Inside Introduction to Pandas:
11. Selecting Items from a Series by Label

countries = f500[‘country’]
countries_counts = countries.value_counts()
india_company = countries[“India”]
india = countries_counts[‘India’]

I am getting error when trying to execute :
india_company = countries[“India”]

{{{{{andas/_libs/index.pyx in pandas._libs.index.IndexEngine.get_value()

pandas/_libs/index.pyx in pandas._libs.index.IndexEngine.get_value()

pandas/_libs/index.pyx in pandas._libs.index.IndexEngine.get_loc()

pandas/_libs/hashtable_class_helper.pxi in pandas._libs.hashtable.PyObjectHashTable.get_item()

pandas/_libs/hashtable_class_helper.pxi in pandas._libs.hashtable.PyObjectHashTable.get_item()

KeyError: ‘India’}}}}}

But the line below executed properly.
india = countries_counts[‘India’]

Both countries, and countries_counts are Series

Hi @charulagarwal,

Welcome to the Community! :tada:

Both countries_counts and countries are Series objects. The difference is that in countries_counts “India” is an index, while in countries it’s a value (actually, there are several values “India” there, since there are several companies). Hence the syntax for extracting the data for India will be different for both series.

If you want to extract all the Indian companies from countries, you can use the following piece of code:

countries.loc[countries == 'India'].index.tolist()
  • This part countries.loc[countries == 'India'] extracts from countries all the rows for India, as a new Series object.
  • The index selects only the index of this new Series object (i.e., the names of the Indian companies).
  • tolist() renders the index object (which was pandas.core.indexes.base.Index) into a list.

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