[SciPy-User] ANN: pandas 0.4.3 (with Python 3 support)

Wes McKinney wesmckinn@gmail....
Sun Oct 9 19:49:43 CDT 2011

I'm pleased to announce the pandas 0.4.3 release. In addition to a
number of new features, speed optimizations, and bug fixes, this
release notably brings Python 3 support thanks to the help of Thomas
Kluyver. Please see the release notes below for full details.


What is it
pandas is a Python package providing fast, flexible, and expressive
data structures designed to make working with “relational” or
“labeled” data both easy and intuitive. It aims to be the fundamental
high-level building block for doing practical, real world data
analysis in Python. Additionally, it has the broader goal of becoming
the most powerful and flexible open source data analysis /
manipulation tool available in any language.

Release Notes: https://github.com/wesm/pandas/blob/master/RELEASE.rst
Documentation: http://pandas.sourceforge.net
Installers: http://pypi.python.org/pypi/pandas
Code Repository: http://github.com/wesm/pandas
Mailing List: http://groups.google.com/group/pystatsmodels
Blog: http://blog.wesmckinney.com

pandas 0.4.3 release notes

**Release date:** 10/9/2011

This is largely a bugfix release from 0.4.2 but also includes a handful of new
and enhanced features. Also, pandas can now be installed and used on Python 3
(thanks Thomas Kluyver!).

**New features / modules**

  - Python 3 support using 2to3 (PR #200, Thomas Kluyver)
  - Add `name` attribute to `Series` and added relevant logic and tests. Name
    now prints as part of `Series.__repr__`
  - Add `name` attribute to standard Index so that stacking / unstacking does
    not discard names and so that indexed DataFrame objects can be reliably
    round-tripped to flat files, pickle, HDF5, etc.
  - Add `isnull` and `notnull` as instance methods on Series (PR #209, GH #203)

**Improvements to existing features**

  - Skip xlrd-related unit tests if not installed
  - `Index.append` and `MultiIndex.append` can accept a list of Index objects to
    concatenate together
  - Altered binary operations on differently-indexed SparseSeries objects to use
    the integer-based (dense) alignment logic which is faster with a larger
    number of blocks (GH #205)
  - Refactored `Series.__repr__` to be a bit more clean and consistent

**API Changes**

  - `Series.describe` and `DataFrame.describe` now bring the 25% and 75%
    quartiles instead of the 10% and 90% deciles. The other outputs have not
  - `Series.toString` will print deprecation warning, has been de-camelCased to

**Bug fixes**

  - Fix broken interaction between `Index` and `Int64Index` when calling
    intersection. Implement `Int64Index.intersection`
  - `MultiIndex.sortlevel` discarded the level names (GH #202)
  - Fix bugs in groupby, join, and append due to improper concatenation of
    `MultiIndex` objects (GH #201)
  - Fix regression from 0.4.1, `isnull` and `notnull` ceased to work on other
    kinds of Python scalar objects like `datetime.datetime`
  - Raise more helpful exception when attempting to write empty DataFrame or
    LongPanel to `HDFStore` (GH #204)
  - Use stdlib csv module to properly escape strings with commas in
    `DataFrame.to_csv` (PR #206, Thomas Kluyver)
  - Fix Python ndarray access in Cython code for sparse blocked index integrity
  - Fix bug writing Series to CSV in Python 3 (PR #209)
  - Miscellaneous Python 3 bugfixes


  - Thomas Kluyver
  - rsamson

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