Python is a great language for doing data analysis, primarily because of the fantastic ecosystem of data-centric Python packages. Pandas is one of those packages that makes importing and analyzing data much easier.
Pandas provide 3 methods to handle white spaces(including New line) in any text data. As it can be seen in the name,
str.lstrip() is used to remove spaces from the left side of string,
str.rstrip() to remove spaces from right side of the string and
str.strip() removes spaces from both sides. Since these are pandas function with same name as Python’s default functions, .str has to be prefixed to tell the compiler that a Pandas function is being called.
Return Type: Series with removed spaces
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In the following examples, the data frame used contains data of some NBA players. Since none of the values in data frame is having any extra spaces, the spaces are added in some elements using str.replace() method. The image of data frame before any operations is shown below.
Example #1: Using lstrip()
In this example, a new series similar to Team column is created which has 2 spaces in both start and end of string. After that,
str.lstrip() method is applied and checked against a custom string with removed left side spaces.
As shown in the output image, the comparison is true after removing the left side spaces.
Example #2: Using strip()
In this example,
str.strip() method is used to remove spaces from both left and right side of the string. A new copy of Team column is created with 2 blank spaces in both start and the end. Then
str.strip() method is called on that series. After that, it is compared with ” Boston Celtics “, ” Boston Celtics” and “Boston Celtics ” to check if the spaces were removed from both sides or not.
As shown in the output image, the comparison is returning False for all 3 conditions, which means the spaces were successfully removed from both sides and the string is no longer having spaces.
Example #3: Using rstrip()
In this example, a new series similar to Team column is created which has 2 spaces in both start and end of string. After that
str.rstrip() method is applied and checked against a custom string with removed right side spaces.
As shown in the output image, the comparison is true after removing the right side spaces.
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