Fix Python – How to display pandas DataFrame of floats using a format string for columns?

Question

Asked By – Jason S

I would like to display a pandas dataframe with a given format using print() and the IPython display(). For example:

df = pd.DataFrame([123.4567, 234.5678, 345.6789, 456.7890],
                  index=['foo','bar','baz','quux'],
                  columns=['cost'])
print df

         cost
foo   123.4567
bar   234.5678
baz   345.6789
quux  456.7890

I would like to somehow coerce this into printing

         cost
foo   $123.46
bar   $234.57
baz   $345.68
quux  $456.79

without having to modify the data itself or create a copy, just change the way it is displayed.

How can I do this?

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Answer

import pandas as pd
pd.options.display.float_format = '${:,.2f}'.format
df = pd.DataFrame([123.4567, 234.5678, 345.6789, 456.7890],
                  index=['foo','bar','baz','quux'],
                  columns=['cost'])
print(df)

yields

        cost
foo  $123.46
bar  $234.57
baz  $345.68
quux $456.79

but this only works if you want every float to be formatted with a dollar sign.

Otherwise, if you want dollar formatting for some floats only, then I think you’ll have to pre-modify the dataframe (converting those floats to strings):

import pandas as pd
df = pd.DataFrame([123.4567, 234.5678, 345.6789, 456.7890],
                  index=['foo','bar','baz','quux'],
                  columns=['cost'])
df['foo'] = df['cost']
df['cost'] = df['cost'].map('${:,.2f}'.format)
print(df)

yields

         cost       foo
foo   $123.46  123.4567
bar   $234.57  234.5678
baz   $345.68  345.6789
quux  $456.79  456.7890

This question is answered By – unutbu

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