<div dir="ltr"><font face="verdana, sans-serif" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-size:13px">Hi,<br><br>I'm pleased to announce the availability of the first release candidate of Pandas 0.16.0.<br>Please try this RC and report any issues here: <a href="https://github.com/pydata/pandas/issues" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;text-decoration:none;color:rgb(102,17,204)">Pandas Issues</a><br>We will be releasing officially in 1 week or so.<br><p style="line-height:1.5em">This is a major release from 0.15.2 and includes a small number of API changes, several new features, enhancements, and performance improvements along with a large number of bug fixes. We recommend that all users upgrade to this version.</p><ul class=""><li style="line-height:1.5em;color:rgb(62,67,73);font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14.3999996185303px">Highlights include:<ul><li style="line-height:1.5em"><tt class="" style="color:rgb(34,34,34);font-size:1.1em;background-color:rgb(236,240,243)"><span class="">DataFrame.assign</span></tt> method, see <a class="" href="http://pandas-docs.github.io/pandas-docs-travis/whatsnew.html#whatsnew-0160-enhancements-assign" style="color:rgb(0,91,129);text-decoration:none"><em>here</em></a></li><li style="line-height:1.5em"><tt class="" style="color:rgb(34,34,34);font-size:1.1em;background-color:rgb(236,240,243)"><span class="">Series.to_coo/from_coo</span></tt> methods to interact with <tt class="" style="color:rgb(34,34,34);font-size:1.1em;background-color:rgb(236,240,243)"><span class="">scipy.sparse</span></tt>, see <a class="" href="http://pandas-docs.github.io/pandas-docs-travis/whatsnew.html#whatsnew-0160-enhancements-sparse" style="color:rgb(0,91,129);text-decoration:none"><em>here</em></a></li><li style="line-height:1.5em">Backwards incompatible change to <tt class="" style="color:rgb(34,34,34);font-size:1.1em;background-color:rgb(236,240,243)"><span class="">Timedelta</span></tt> to conform the <tt class="" style="color:rgb(34,34,34);font-size:1.1em;background-color:rgb(236,240,243)"><span class="">.seconds</span></tt> attribute with <tt class="" style="color:rgb(34,34,34);font-size:1.1em;background-color:rgb(236,240,243)"><span class="">datetime.timedelta</span></tt>, see <a class="" href="http://pandas-docs.github.io/pandas-docs-travis/whatsnew.html#whatsnew-0160-api-breaking-timedelta" style="color:rgb(0,91,129);text-decoration:none"><em>here</em></a></li><li style="line-height:1.5em">Changes to the <tt class="" style="color:rgb(34,34,34);font-size:1.1em;background-color:rgb(236,240,243)"><span class="">.loc</span></tt> slicing API to conform with the behavior of <tt class="" style="color:rgb(34,34,34);font-size:1.1em;background-color:rgb(236,240,243)"><span class="">.ix</span></tt> see <em class=""><a href="http://pandas-docs.github.io/pandas-docs-travis/whatsnew.html#indexing-changes">here</a></em></li><li style="line-height:1.5em">Changes to the default for ordering in the <tt class="" style="color:rgb(34,34,34);font-size:1.1em;background-color:rgb(236,240,243)"><span class="">Categorical</span></tt> constructor, see <em style="color:rgb(0,91,129);text-decoration:none"><a class="" href="http://pandas-docs.github.io/pandas-docs-travis/whatsnew.html#whatsnew-0160-api-breaking-categorical" style="color:rgb(0,91,129);text-decoration:none">here</a></em></li></ul></li></ul><br></font><div style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-size:13px"><p style="padding:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:16px;margin-left:0px;margin-top:0px!important">Here are the full whatsnew and documentation links:<br></p><font style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline"><a href="http://pandas-docs.github.io/pandas-docs-travis/whatsnew.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;text-decoration:none;color:rgb(102,17,204)">v0.16.0 Whatsnew</a><br><br>Source tarballs, windows builds, and mac wheels are available here:<br><br><a href="https://github.com/pydata/pandas/releases" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;text-decoration:none;color:rgb(102,17,204)">Pandas v0.16.0rc1 Release</a><br><br>A big thank you to everyone who contributed to this release!<span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline"><font color="#888888" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline"><font color="#888888" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline"><br><br>Jeff</font></span></font></span></font></div></div>