Dunder Data Challenge #5 Solution

dunder data challenges Nov 25, 2019

This post presents a solution to Dunder Data Challenge #5 — Keeping Values Within the Interquartile Range.

All challenges may be worked in a Jupyter Notebook right now thanks to Binder (mybinder.org).


We begin by finding the first and third quartiles of each stock using the quantile method. This is an aggregation which returns a single value for each column by default. Set the first parameter, q to a float between 0 and 1 to represent the quantile. Below, we create two variables to hold the first and third quartiles (also known as the 25th and 75th percentiles) and output their results to the screen.

import pandas as pd
stocks = pd.read_csv('../data/stocks10.csv', index_col='date',
>>> lower = stocks.quantile(.25)
>>> upper = stocks.quantile(.75)
>>> lower
MSFT 19.1500
AAPL 3.9100
SLB 25.6200
AMZN 40.4600
TSLA 33.9375
XOM 32.6200
WMT 37.6200
T 14.5000
FB 62.3000
V 19.4750
Name: 0.25, dtype: float64

>>> upper
MSFT 39.2600
AAPL 90.5900
SLB 66.2900
AMZN 362.7000
TSLA 260.4700
XOM 71.8100
WMT 65.1500
T 26.2300
FB 162.3050
V 80.3375
Name: 0.75, dtype: float64

We now use the clip method which trims values in a DataFrame at the given threshold. It has two parameters lower and upper which can either be a single value or a sequence of values. We set each parameter to the Series containing the appropriate quartile. The clip method requires that we use the axis parameter to inform pandas which direction to align the given sequence. We align with the columns.

stocks_final = stocks.clip(lower, upper, axis='columns')

Verify Correctness

Let’s verify that each column contains the correct values by taking the min and max of each one.

stocks_final.agg(['min', 'max'])

One line

Using one line of code, we can pass the Series containing the quartiles directly to the clip method.

stocks.clip(stocks.quantile(.25), stocks.quantile(.75), 

Unpacking trickery

This is just for fun, but you can pass the quantile method a list to return multiple quantiles on each column.

stocks.quantile([.25, .75])

pandas default iteration is over the column names. But, numpy defaults its iteration by row. We can use this knowledge to unpack each of the first two rows as the first two parameters in the clip method after using the values attribute to get the numpy array from the DataFrame.

stocks.clip(*stocks.quantile([.25, .75]).values, axis='columns')

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