geoHeil - 4 months ago 33

Python Question

New to pandas, I already want to parallelize a row-wise apply operation. So far I found Parallelize apply after pandas groupby However, that only seems to work for grouped data frames.

My use case is different: I have a list of holidays and for my current row/date want to find the no-of-days before and after this day to the next holiday.

This is the function I call via apply:

`def get_nearest_holiday(x, pivot):`

nearestHoliday = min(x, key=lambda x: abs(x- pivot))

difference = abs(nearesHoliday - pivot)

return difference / np.timedelta64(1, 'D')

How can I speed it up?

I experimented a bit with pythons pools - but it was neither nice code, nor did I get my computed results.

Answer

I think going down the route of trying stuff in parallel is probably over complicating this. I haven't tried this approach on a large sample so your mileage may vary, but it should give you an idea...

Let's just start with some dates...

```
import pandas as pd
dates = pd.to_datetime(['2016-01-03', '2016-09-09', '2016-12-12', '2016-03-03'])
```

We'll use some holiday data from `pandas.tseries.holiday`

- note that in effect we want a `DatetimeIndex`

...

```
from pandas.tseries.holiday import USFederalHolidayCalendar
holiday_calendar = USFederalHolidayCalendar()
holidays = holiday_calendar.holidays('2016-01-01')
```

This gives us:

```
DatetimeIndex(['2016-01-01', '2016-01-18', '2016-02-15', '2016-05-30',
'2016-07-04', '2016-09-05', '2016-10-10', '2016-11-11',
'2016-11-24', '2016-12-26',
...
'2030-01-01', '2030-01-21', '2030-02-18', '2030-05-27',
'2030-07-04', '2030-09-02', '2030-10-14', '2030-11-11',
'2030-11-28', '2030-12-25'],
dtype='datetime64[ns]', length=150, freq=None)
```

Now we find the indices of the nearest nearest holiday for the original dates using `searchsorted`

:

```
indices = holidays.searchsorted(dates)
# array([1, 6, 9, 3])
next_nearest = holidays[indices]
# DatetimeIndex(['2016-01-18', '2016-10-10', '2016-12-26', '2016-05-30'], dtype='datetime64[ns]', freq=None)
```

Then take the difference between the two:

```
next_nearest_diff = pd.to_timedelta(next_nearest.values - dates.values).days
# array([15, 31, 14, 88])
```

You'll need to be careful about the indices so you don't wrap around, and for the previous date, do the calculation with the `indices - 1`

but it should act as (I hope) a relatively good base.