I have column 'ABC' which has 5000 rows. Currently, dtype of column is object. Mostly it has string values but some values dtype is not string, I want to find all those rows and modify those rows. Column is as following:

1 abc
2 def
3 ghi
4 23
5 mno
6 null
7 qwe
8 12-11-2019
4900 ert
5000 tyu

In above case, I can use for loop to find out rows which do not have desired dtype. I just wanted to know, is their better way to solve this issue.

Note: I am using Pandas.

  • $\begingroup$ In pandas dtypes can be inferred by trying to cast them and making un-castable ones to string dtypes as in object, which means all elements in a single column will be in a same datatype. You cant have two diff. row elements in the same column to be of different datatypes. $\endgroup$ Sep 28, 2019 at 15:45
  • $\begingroup$ @KiriteeGak: I think that is not quite true. You can test that yourself. Create a dataframe, with at least two rows indexed 1 and 2. Then do df.loc[1, 'new_column']= 'my_value'. Then do df['new_column'].map(type). You will see, that all but the first row contain floats. That is because the other rows contain NaN, which is a float and not a str. Likewise you could mix in other object types in your object column if you like (but it is probably not a very good idea). $\endgroup$
    – jottbe
    Sep 28, 2019 at 15:54
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    $\begingroup$ I stand corrected. Thanks :) $\endgroup$ Sep 28, 2019 at 16:39

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You can get the type of the entries of your column with map:


So to filter on all values, which are not stored as str, you can use:

df['ABC'].map(type) != str

If however you just want to check if some of the rows contain a string, that has a special format (like a date), you can check this with a regex like:


But of course, that is no exact date check. E.g. it would also return True for values like 0000-13-91, but this was only meant to give you an idea anyways.

  • $\begingroup$ Your method is so powerful! I tested with this: r = [pd.to_datetime('12-11-2019'),1.0,'23',1,2,3,'Hello','2019-11-12'] and returns: 0 <class 'pandas._libs.tslibs.timestamps.Timesta... 1 <class 'float'> 2 <class 'str'> 3 <class 'int'> 4 <class 'int'> 5 <class 'int'> 6 <class 'str'> 7 <class 'str'> $\endgroup$ Mar 8, 2022 at 20:45

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