Good alternative to Pandas .append() method, now that it is being deprecated?


I use the following method a lot to append a single row to a dataframe. One thing I really like about it is that it allows you to append a simple dict object. For example:

# Creating an empty dataframe
df = pd.DataFrame(columns=['a', 'b'])

# Appending a row
df = df.append({ 'a': 1, 'b': 2 }, ignore_index=True)

Again, what I like most about this is that the code is very clean and requires very few lines. Now I suppose the recommended alternative is:

# Create the new row as its own dataframe
df_new_row = pd.DataFrame({ 'a': [1], 'b': [2] })
df = pd.concat([df, df_new_row])

So what was one line of code before is now two lines with a throwaway variable and extra cruft where I create the new dataframe. 🙁 Is there a good way to do this that just uses a dict like I have in the past (that is not deprecated)?


Create a list with your dictionaries, if they are needed, and then create a new dataframe with df = pd.DataFrame.from_records(your_list). List’s "append" method are very efficient and won’t be ever deprecated. Dataframes on the other hand, frequently have to be recreated and all data copied over on appends, due to their design – that is why they deprecated the method


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