I have a large Excel data set which I load as Pandas. In one column I have repeating strings/numbers (the information can be a text and or integers), in another column I have a unique identifier of that row, there is also a column with a due date. Using sort_values I can group the repeating values and sort according to the due dates. But now I would like to add a column containing numbers to get a ranking of the due dates of the first column. example data:

[[Item, Kind, ID, Client, Duedate],[A, 3, 689, XY, 01.04.2019], [A, 3, 689, XY, 02.04.2019],[B, 3, 689, XY, 01.04.2019],[C, 3, 689, XY, 01.04.2019],[A, 3, 689, XY, 01.04.2018],[C, 3, 689, XY, 01.04.2019]

I sort them so that the output is all the A's first, then all the B's, and within that group they are sorted according to priority. But now I want to extend my data set into looking like this:

[Item, Kind, ID, Client, Duedate, **priority**],[A, 3, 689, XY, 01.04.2018, **0**],[A, 3, 689, XY, 01.04.2019, **1**], [A, 3, 689, XY, 02.04.2019**2**]

if tried looping over the values, but it doesn't seem to work, and I could not find anything on Google to help me. Any hint would be much appreciated, I am stuck with this for 10 days now..


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I think you are asking how to add a column "priority" to the end of a dataFrame that has been sorted.

Assuming the dataFrame is in the order you like, I would first get the length of the frame:

length = len(df)

Then apply that to a new column in the dataFrame:

df['**priority**'] = ["**"+str(x)+"**" for x in range(length)

I'm still new to posting on here so I don't know how to get the input/output examples working, but that should get you a new column on the end of your frame, in string format, like you pictured above.

  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, forgot the close bracket at the very end of the line; please don't forget to add it. $\endgroup$ Apr 12, 2019 at 12:15

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