Question about PANDAS

Ryan Shuell ryanshuell at
Sun Oct 19 21:57:27 CEST 2014

Thanks guys.  I just feel frustrated that I can't do something useful.
I'm reading all about dictionaries, and types, and touples.  Then I read
about string manipulation and loops; two of my favorite things to do.  Then
I read about logic:
-719 >= 833

That's great, but it's just not very useful for me.  I thought I could use
Python to do screen scraping.  Right now, I use R to do almost all my
screen scraping.  I used to use Excel, but r is just light years easier to
use, so I'll go with that.  I thought Python may be even easier to use than
R, and perhaps even more powerful too.  However, since I picked up my first
Python book about 3 months ago, I seem to be learning all kinds of useless
things, and no practical things.  When I find cool code samples online, I
can't even get them to run.  Last week I found a small sample of code that
supposedly merges data from several text files in a folder into one single
file.  I played with it for a couple hours, and never got it to work.  In
less than 15 minutes, I could have done the merging task, using Excel,
Access, VB.NET, C#.NET, or even a batch file.

I guess I'll just keep reading these books.  I have 10 books, and I'm most
of the way throguh 4 of them.  So far, none are teaching me anything that I
could use in my role managing financial assets.  Maybe something will click
soon.  I hope so.

Thanks again everyone.

On Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 10:48 AM, Joel Goldstick <joel.goldstick at>

> On Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM, Mark Lawrence <breamoreboy at>
> wrote:
> > On 18/10/2014 21:00, ryguy7272 wrote:
> >>
> >> I'm trying to install Pandas.  I went to this link.
> >>
> >>
> >> I downloaded this:  pandas-0.14.1.win32-py2.7.exe (md5)
> >> I have Python27 installed.
> >>
> >> So, I run the executable and re-run my Python script and I get the same
> >> error as before.
> >>
> >>
> >> Traceback (most recent call last):
> >>    File "C:/Python27/", line 3, in <module>
> >>      import pandas as pd
> >> ImportError: No module named pandas
> >>
> What messages did you get when you run the installer?
> Most people use pip to install python packages
> Are you writing code and putting it in C:/Python27/ ? isn't that where
> python is installed.  You should write your code in some directory
> under your user tree.
> >> I thought I just installed it!  Isn't that what the executable is for?
> It
> >> seems like 100% of my errors are with uninstalled libraries.  I don't
> >> understand why there are so, so, so many dependencies running Python.
> Also,
> >> I don't understand why something isn't installed, right after I just
> >> installed it.
> >>
> >> Can someone please explain the logic to me?
> >>
> >> Thanks.
> >>
> >
> > Have you actually run any code from the Python tutorial yet?  You can do
> > lots of things with Python that require no third party libraries.  In
> fact
> > many questions here go "I need a solution to this that must be in the
> > stdlib".  It strikes me that you're trying to enter an Iron Man
> competition
> > before you can crawl.
> >
> > --
> > My fellow Pythonistas, ask not what our language can do for you, ask
> > what you can do for our language.
> >
> > Mark Lawrence
> >
> > --
> >
> --
> Joel Goldstick
> --
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