leiberl leiberl - 20 days ago 5
R Question

Python equivalence of R's match() for indexing

So i essentially want to implement the equivalent of R's match() function in Python, using Pandas dataframes - without using a for-loop.

In R match() returns a vector of the positions of (first) matches of its first argument in its second.

Let's say that I have two df A and B, of which both include the column C. Where

A$C = c('a','b')
B$C = c('c','c','b','b','c','b','a','a')

In R we would get

match(A$C,B$C) = c(7,3)

What is an equivalent method in Python for columns in pandas data frames, that doesn't require looping through the values.


You can use first drop_duplicates and then boolean indexing with isin or merge.

Python counts from 0, so for same output add 1.

A = pd.DataFrame({'c':['a','b']})
B = pd.DataFrame({'c':['c','c','b','b','c','b','a','a']})

B = B.drop_duplicates('c')
print (B)
0  c
2  b
6  a

print (B[B.c.isin(A.c)])
2  b
6  a

print (B[B.c.isin(A.c)].index)
Int64Index([2, 6], dtype='int64')

print (pd.merge(B.reset_index(), A))
   index  c
0      2  b
1      6  a

print (pd.merge(B.reset_index(), A)['index'])
0    2
1    6
Name: index, dtype: int64