Stezzo - 5 months ago 24

Python Question

Suppose the data at hand is in the following form:

`import pandas as pd`

df = pd.DataFrame({'A':[1,10,20], 'B':[4,40,50], 'C':[10,11,12]})

I can compute the minimum by row with:

`df.min(axis=1)`

which returns

`1 10 12`

Instead of the values, I would like to create a pandas Series containing the colum labels of the correponding cells.

That is, I would like to get

`A A C`

Thanks for any suggestions.

Answer

you can use idxmin(axis=1) method:

```
In [8]: df.min(axis=1)
Out[8]:
0 1
1 10
2 12
dtype: int64
In [9]: df.idxmin(axis=1)
Out[9]:
0 A
1 A
2 C
dtype: object
In [11]: df.idxmin(axis=1).values
Out[11]: array(['A', 'A', 'C'], dtype=object)
```