Pintas Pintas - 17 days ago 5
Python Question

Import pandas module gives Attribute Error

I recently changed from Windows to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and I am trying to get the hang on Python.

I copied a couple of example commands from
http://pandas.pydata.org/pandas-docs/stable/10min.html
into a .py file called pandas.py

This file was created in my home directory /home/myname

Here is an excerpt with the first 14 lines of /home/myname/pandas.py:

# pandas.py

###################################
## Testing out the pandas module ##
## Last update: Jan 2014 ##
## Author: me ##
###################################

import pandas as pd
import numpy as np

# Creating a Series by passing a list of values,
# letting pandas create a default integer index
s = pd.Series([1,3,5,np.nan,6,8])


when trying to run the script (using IDLE), I get the following message:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/home/myname/mypandas.py", line 9, in <module>
import pandas as pd
File "/home/myname/pandas.py", line 14, in <module>
AttributeError: 'module' object has no attribute 'Series'


it appears as if Python tried to import my .py file rather that the actual module.

The same error appears if I write

import pandas


on my Python Shell. I changed the file name to mypandas.py, deleted the previous file, cleared the trash bin, and rebooted. This error just keeps appearing.

Other libraries such as numpy import just fine. I imagine there is some shell command which reverts this situation, but I am still not quite acquainted to Ubuntu. How can I fix this?

Thanks in advance

Answer

Delete compiled script, pandas.pyc, from the location of your script, that is from your home directory. And don't name your scripts the same names as modules you're using.

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