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A tool for manipulating spreadsheets and tables in Python, based on ProPublica's TableFu

Project Description

Python TableFu is a tool for manipulating spreadsheet-like tables in Python. It began as a Python implementation of ProPublica's [TableFu](, though new methods have been added. TableFu allows filtering, faceting and manipulating of data. Going forward, the project aims to create something akin to an ORM for spreadsheets.


>>> from table_fu import TableFu
>>> table = TableFu.from_file('tests/test.csv')
>>> table.columns
['Author', 'Best Book', 'Number of Pages', 'Style']

# get all authors
>>> table.values('Author')
['Samuel Beckett', 'James Joyce', 'Nicholson Baker', 'Vladimir Sorokin']

# total a column
>>>'Number of Pages')

# filtering a table returns a new instance
>>> t2 = table.filter(Style='Modernism')
>>> list(t2)
[<Row: Samuel Beckett, Malone Muert, 120, Modernism>,
<Row: James Joyce, Ulysses, 644, Modernism>]

# each TableFu instance acts like a list of rows
>>> table[0]
<Row: Samuel Beckett, Malone Muert, 120, Modernism>

[<Row: Samuel Beckett, Malone Muert, 120, Modernism>,
<Row: James Joyce, Ulysses, 644, Modernism>,
<Row: Nicholson Baker, Mezannine, 150, Minimalism>,
<Row: Vladimir Sorokin, The Queue, 263, Satire>]

# rows, in turn, act like dictionaries
>>> row = table[1]
>>> print row['Author']
James Joyce

# transpose a table
>>> t2 = table.transpose()
>>> list(t2)
[<Row: Best Book, Malone Muert, Ulysses, Mezannine, The Queue>,
<Row: Number of Pages, 120, 644, 150, 263>,
<Row: Style, Modernism, Modernism, Minimalism, Satire>]

>>> t2.columns
'Samuel Beckett',
'James Joyce',
'Nicholson Baker',
'Vladimir Sorokin']

# sort rows
>>> table.sort('Author')
>>> table.rows
[<Row: James Joyce, Ulysses, 644, Modernism>,
<Row: Nicholson Baker, Mezannine, 150, Minimalism>,
<Row: Samuel Beckett, Malone Muert, 120, Modernism>,
<Row: Vladimir Sorokin, The Queue, 263, Satire>]

# sorting is stored
{'Author': {'reverse': False}}

# which is handy because...

# tables can also be faceted (and options are copied to new tables)
>>> for t in table.facet_by('Style'):
... print t.faceted_on
... t.table
[['Nicholson Baker', 'Mezannine', '150', 'Minimalism']]
[['Samuel Beckett', 'Malone Muert', '120', 'Modernism'],
['James Joyce', 'Ulysses', '644', 'Modernism']]
[['Vladimir Sorokin', 'The Queue', '263', 'Satire']]

Here's an [advanced example]( that uses faceting and filtering to produce aggregates from [this spreadsheet]( (extracted from the New York Times Congress API).


Filters are just functions that take a value and some number of positional arguments.
New filters can be registered with the included Formatter class.

>>> from table_fu.formatting import Formatter
>>> format = Formatter()
>>> def capitalize(value, *args):
... return str(value).capitalize()
>>> format.register(capitalize)
>>> print format('foo', 'capitalize')

Cells can be formatted according to rules of the table (which carry over if the table is faceted):

>>> table = TableFu(open('tests/sites.csv'))
>>> table.columns
['Name', 'URL', 'About']
>>> table.formatting = {
... 'Name': {'filter': 'link', 'args': ['URL']}
... }
>>> print table[0]['Name']
<a href="" title=""></a>

HTML Output

TableFu can output an HTML table, using formatting you specify:

>>> table = TableFu(open('tests/sites.csv'))
>>> table.columns
['Name', 'URL', 'About']
>>> table.formatting = {'Name': {'filter: 'link', 'args': ['URL']}}
>>> table.columns = 'Name', 'About'
>>> print table.html()
<tr id="row0" class="row even"><td class="datum"><a href="" title=""></a></td><td class="datum">My personal site and blog</td></tr>
<tr id="row1" class="row odd"><td class="datum"><a href="" title="ProPublica">ProPublica</a></td><td class="datum">Builders of the Ruby version of this library</td></tr>
<tr id="row2" class="row even"><td class="datum"><a href="" title="PBS NewsHour">PBS NewsHour</a></td><td class="datum">Where I spend my days</td></tr>

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