5.4. Numbers as indices

Enough about movie budgets, it’s time to budget my time instead. Because I schedule my day to the minute, I like to be able to look up movies by their runtime. So that when I have a spare two hours and 34 minutes, I can find all the movies that would fit precisely in that time slot (popcorn-making time is budgeted separately).

Before you start, here is a refresher on the index operator in Pandas.

Selecting Columns of a DataFrame

Selecting Rows of a DataFrame

If you use an integer in any of the last four examples it works just like the string, but the index values are numeric instead. What is important (and confusing) about this is that they use the index, NOT the position. So, if you create a data frame with 4 rows of some data it will have an index that is created by default where the first row starts with 0, the next row is 1 and so on. BUT then you sort the data frame and that causes the last row to be first and the first row to be last. Using df.loc[0] on the sorted data frame will return the last row!

If you want to be strictly positional you should use df.iloc[0] which will return the first row REGARDLESS of the index value. — df.iloc[0:5] is the same as doing df.head(), and df.iloc[[1, 3, 5, 7]] will return four rows: 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th.

5.4.1. Practice Questions

Create a Series called time_scheduler that is indexed by runtime and has the movie’s title as its values. Note that you will need to use sort_index() in order to be able to look up movies by their duration. Base yourself on df rather than budget_df.

While you’re at it, remove any movie that is less than 10 minutes (can’t get into it if it’s too short) or longer than 3 hours (who’s got time for that?).

HINT: You’ll have to use pd.to_numeric to force the runtimes to be numbers (instead of numbers in a string)

time_scheduler = []

Now let’s find all those two-hour-and-34-minute movies:


Q-1: How many movies lasting 154 minutes are there?

But what is the 154th shortest movie in this collection?

movie_number_154 = time_scheduler.iloc[154]

Q-2: Copy and paste the name of the 154th shortest movie in this collection. (No Quotes)

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