Braden Braden - 25 days ago 10
Python Question

Trouble parsing XML and getting data into pandas dataframe

I am trying to import data from a XML file that contains breath-by-breath data from an exercise test.
the XML structure is as follows (simplified to show the general structure):

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<Workbook xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:spreadsheet"
<Worksheet ss:Name="MetasoftStudio">
<Table ss:ExpandedColumnCount="21" ss:ExpandedRowCount="458" x:FullColumns="1" x:FullRows="1" ss:StyleID="s62" ss:DefaultColumnWidth="53">
<Column ss:StyleID="s62" ss:AutoFitWidth="0" ss:Width="137"/>
<Column ss:StyleID="s62" ss:AutoFitWidth="0" ss:Width="97"/>
<Column ss:StyleID="s62" ss:AutoFitWidth="0" ss:Width="137"/>
<Row ss:AutoFitHeight="0" ss:Height="26">
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String">t</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String">Phase</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String">Marker</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String">V'O2</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String">V'O2/kg</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String">V'O2/HR</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String">HR</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String">WR</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String">V'E/V'O2</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String">V'E/V'CO2</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String">RER</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String">V'E</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String">BF</Data></Cell>
<Row ss:Height="15">
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String">h:mm:ss</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String"></Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String"></Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String">L/min</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String">ml/min/kg</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String">ml</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String">/min</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String">W</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String"></Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String"></Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String"></Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String">L/min</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String">/min</Data></Cell>
<Row ss:Height="15">
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String">0:00:06</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String">Rest</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="String"></Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="Number">0.27972413565454501</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="Number">4.3706896196022598</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="Number">4.5856415681072953</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="Number">61</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="Number">0</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="Number">27.002532271037801</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="Number">26.4113108545688</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="Number">1.0223851598932201</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="Number">10.155340000000001</Data></Cell>
<Cell ss:StyleID="Default"><Data ss:Type="Number">18.07</Data></Cell>

I have used
to parse and iterate over the XML file then extracted the 'data' in each 'cell' appending it to a list, and then appending that list to a parent list (giving me a nested list of each row) using the code:

from lxml import etree, objectify
import pandas as pd

with open('Python/cortex.xml') as infile:
xml_file =

root = objectify.fromstring(xml_file)

header = []
data = []

for row in root.Worksheet.Table.getchildren():
temp_row = []
if not row.tag == '{urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:spreadsheet}Column':
for cell in row.getchildren():
header = data.pop(0) #remove the first 'row' and store in header list
del data[0] #remove 2nd line of superfluous data

The first row gives the headers, hence I
that into its own list, and row 2 contains the units for each variable, so I just get rid of that. All working well so far (or so it seemed)...

Now I need to get it into a pd dataframe to start working with it. If I go
df = pd.DataFrame(data, columns=header)
and I
i get:
ValueError: Buffer has wrong number of dimensions (expected 1, got 32)

Ok not sure what happened there... If I make the df without assigning the header and print that I get:

0 1 2 3 \
0 [[[0:00:06]]] [[[Rest]]] [[[]]] [[[0.279724135654545]]]
1 [[[0:00:09]]] [[[Rest]]] [[[]]] [[[0.465136232899829]]]
2 [[[0:00:13]]] [[[Rest]]] [[[]]] [[[0.357975433456662]]]
3 [[[0:00:19]]] [[[Rest]]] [[[]]] [[[0.543332419057909]]]
4 [[[0:00:24]]] [[[Rest]]] [[[]]] [[[0.374604578743889]]]

That doesn't look right! Where did all these lists in lists in lists come from! If I iterate over and print the nested list
, it prints perfectly, but once I try to convert it to a df something goes wrong.

Can anyone enlighten me as to what has happened and how I can get the data into the pd df? If there is a better method than how I've done it, then I am happy to give it a go.

Answer Source

You can create list of lists and then DataFrame by constructor. For parsing is used this solution:

from lxml import etree

with (open('test.xml','r')) as f:
    doc = etree.parse(f)


L = []
ws = doc.xpath('/ss:Workbook/ss:Worksheet', namespaces=namespaces)
if len(ws) > 0: 
    tables = ws[0].xpath('./ss:Table', namespaces=namespaces)
    if len(tables) > 0: 
        rows = tables[0].xpath('./ss:Row', namespaces=namespaces)
        for row in rows:
            tmp = []
            cells = row.xpath('./ss:Cell/ss:Data', namespaces=namespaces)
            for cell in cells:
#                print(cell.text);
print (L)

[['t', 'Phase', 'Marker', "V'O2", "V'O2/kg", "V'O2/HR", 'HR', 'WR', 
  "V'E/V'O2", "V'E/V'CO2", 'RER', "V'E", 'BF'], 
 ['h:mm:ss', None, None, 'L/min', 'ml/min/kg', 'ml', 
 '/min', 'W', None, None, None, 'L/min', '/min'], 
 ['0:00:06', 'Rest', None, '0.27972413565454501', '4.3706896196022598',
  '4.5856415681072953', '61', '0', '27.002532271037801', '26.4113108545688', 
  '1.0223851598932201', '10.155340000000001', '18.07']]

df = pd.DataFrame(L[2:], columns=L[0])
print (df)
         t Phase Marker                 V'O2             V'O2/kg  \
0  0:00:06  Rest   None  0.27972413565454501  4.3706896196022598   

              V'O2/HR  HR WR            V'E/V'O2         V'E/V'CO2  \
0  4.5856415681072953  61  0  27.002532271037801  26.4113108545688   

                  RER                 V'E     BF  
0  1.0223851598932201  10.155340000000001  18.07