The Data Model

Let’s read the following csv file.

first_name last_name birthday
John Doe 3-Mar-85
Typhoid Mary 2-Aug-83
Jane Smith 23-Oct-46
>>> import fuzzytable
>>> ft = fuzzytable.FuzzyTable('birthdays.csv')

Data View 1: FuzzyTable as dictionary

A FuzzyTable object behaves like a dictionary, where keys are field names and values are lists of column values:

>>> keys = ft.keys()
>>> list(keys)
['first_name', 'last_name', 'birthday']
>>> for col in ft.values():
...     print(col)
['John', 'Typhoid', 'Jane']
['Doe', 'Mary', 'Smith']
['3 March 1985', '2 Aug 1983', '23 Oct 1946']

Loop through first names:

>>> for first_name in ft['first_name']:
...     print(first_name)

See the fuzzytable.FuzzyTable API Reference for more details.

Data View 2: FuzzyTable.records - list of rows as dictionaries

FuzzyTable’s records attribute is a sequence of dictionaries each representing a row of data.

>>> ft.records[1]
{'first_name': 'Typhoid', 'last_name': 'Mary', 'birthday': '2-Aug-83', 'row': 3}

Note that a 'row' key was automatically included. You can change this behavior via the include_row_num property:

>>> ft.records.include_row_num = False
>>> for record in ft.records:
...     print(record)
{'first_name': 'John', 'last_name': 'Doe', 'birthday': '3-Mar-85'}
{'first_name': 'Typhoid', 'last_name': 'Mary', 'birthday': '2-Aug-83'}
{'first_name': 'Jane', 'last_name': 'Smith', 'birthday': '23-Oct-46'}

See the fuzzytable.datamodel.Records API Reference for more details.

Data View 3: FuzzyTable.fields - list of Field objects

FuzzyTable’s fields attribute is a list of Field objects which contain field name, data, and additional metadata e.g. column number.

>>> fields = ft.fields
>>> first_name = fields[0]
>>> first_name.col_num
['John', 'Typhoid', 'Jane']
>>> str(first_name)
"<Field 'first_name' 0x10dcce8>"

See the fuzzytable.datamodel.Field API Reference for more details.

Data View 4: FuzzyTable.sheet - spreadsheet metadata

FuzzyTable’s sheet attribute contains metadata about the sheet itself (path, header row number, number of rows):

>>> sheet = ft.sheet
>>> sheet.header_row_num
>>> sheet.row_count
>>> sheet.path

See the fuzzytable.datamodel.Sheet API Reference for more details.

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