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Python package to translate between gdx (GAMS data) and pandas.

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gdx-pandas: Python package to translate between gdx (GAMS data) and pandas.


There are two main ways to use gdxpds. The first use case is the one that was
initially supported: direct conversion between GDX files on disk and pandas
DataFrames or a csv version thereof. The Version 1.0.0 rewrite intoduces a
second style of use, that is, interfacing with GDX files and symbols via the
`gdxpds.gdx.GdxFile` and `gdxpds.gdx.GdxSymbol` classes.

USE -- Direct Conversion

The two primary points of reference for the direct conversion utilities are GDX
files on disk and python dicts of {symbol_name: pandas.DataFrame}, where
each pandas.DataFrame contains data for a single set, parameter, equation, or
variable. For sets and parameters, the last column of the DataFrame is assumed to
contain the value of the element, which for sets should be `True`, and for
parameters should be a `float` (or one of the `gdxpds.gdx.NUMPY_SPECIAL_VALUES`).
Equations and variables have additional 'value' columns, in particular a level,
a marginal value, a lower bound, an upper bound, and a scale, as enumerated in
`gdxpds.gdx.GamsValueType`. These values are all assumed to be found in the last
five columns of the DataFrame, also see `gdxpds.gdx.GAMS_VALUE_COLS_MAP`.

The basic interface to convert from GDX to DataFrames is:

import gdxpds

gdx_file = 'C:\path_to_my_gdx\data.gdx'
dataframes = gdxpds.to_dataframes(gdx_file)
for symbol_name, df in dataframes.items():
print("Doing work with {}.".format(symbol_name))

And vice-versa:

import gdxpds

# assume we have a DataFrame df with last column 'value'
data_ready_for_GAMS = { 'symbol_name': df }

gdx_file = 'C:\path_to_my_output_gdx\data_to_send_to_gams.gdx'
gdx = gdxpds.to_gdx(data_ready_for_GAMS, gdx_file)

Note that providing a gdx_file is optional, and the returned gdx is an object of
type `gdxpds.gdx.GdxFile`.

The package also includes command line utilities for converting between GDX and
CSV: and

USE -- Backend Classes

The basic functionalities described above can also be achieved with direct use
of the backend classes now available in `gdxpds.gdx`. To duplicate the GDX read
functionality shown above one would write:

import gdxpds

gdx_file = 'C:\path_to_my_gdx\data.gdx'
with gdxpds.gdx.GdxFile(lazy_load=False) as f:
for symbol in f:
symbol_name =
df = symbol.dataframe
print("Doing work with {}:\n{}".format(symbol_name,df.head()))

The backend especially gives more control over creating new data in GDX format.
For example:

import gdxpds

out_file = 'my_new_gdx_data.gdx'
with gdxpds.gdx.GdxFile() as gdx:
# Create a new set with one dimension
data = pds.DataFrame([['u' + str(i)] for i in range(1,11)])
data['Value'] = True
gdx[-1].dataframe = data
# Create a new parameter with one dimension
data = pds.DataFrame([['u' + str(i), i*100] for i in range(1,11)],
columns=(gdx[-1].dims + gdx[-1].value_col_names))
gdx[-1].dataframe = data


- Python 2.6 or higher 2.X; Python 3.4 or higher 3.X
- pandas (In general you will want the SciPy stack. Anaconda comes with it, or see [my notes for Windows](
- For Python versions < 3.4, enum34. Also **uninstall the enum package** if it is installed.
- psutil (optional--for monitoring memory use)
- pytest (optional--for running tests)
- GAMS Python bindings
- See GAMS/win64/XX.X/apifiles/readme.txt on Windows,
GAMS/gamsXX.X_osx_x64_64_sfx/apifiles/readme.txt on Mac, or
/opt/gams/gamsXX.X_linux_x64_64_sfx/apifiles/readme.txt on Linux
- Run the following for the correct version of the Python bindings

python install


python build --build-base=/path/to/somwhere/you/have/write/access install

with the latter being for the case when you can install packages into
Python but don't have GAMS directory write access.

- .../apifiles/Python/api/ works for Python 2.7
- For other versions of Python, especially 3.X, use
.../apifiles/Python/api_XX/ For Python 3.X in particular you will
need GAMS version >= 24.5.1 (Python 3.4, Windows and Linux),
24.7.4 (Python 3.4, Mac OS X), or >= 24.8.4 (Python 3.6)


After installation, you can test the package using pytest:

pytest --pyargs gdxpds

If the tests fail due to permission IOErrors, apply `chmod g+x` and `chmod a+x`
to the `gdx-pandas/gdxpds/test` folder.

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