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Pandas and SQL similarity 2

This article is the next in the series about the topic of Pandas and SQL similarity which we discussed earlier

Pandas and SQL similarity (2)

Check the dtypes

Pandas –

data type in panda
Data types in pandas

To check data types of the data frame, type ‘df.dtypes’ command


type sp_help table_name in the query editor. You may be wondering what is ‘nvarchar’

The key difference between varchar and nvarchar is the way they are stored, varchar is stored as regular 8-bit data(1 byte per character) and nvarchar stores data at 2 bytes per character. Due to this reason, nvarchar can hold upto 4000 characters and it takes double the space as SQL varchar.

You can visit for more information on varchar and nvarchar.

data types in SQL
Data type in SQL
Check the data

Pandas –

Once you load the data in to the pandas you can view the data by running the ‘df.head()’ command. This command will give you output of first 5 rows and all columns by default. This output is not in the order.

pandas head function
pandas head function to get the first n rows.

You can specify the number of rows you want to see e.g. 10

pandas head function
pandas head function to get first 10 rows

To view last rows in the data frame, type ‘df.tail()’ command

pandas tail function
pandas tail function to get last n rows
pandas tail function
pandas tail function to get last 10 rows

We can sort the data frame by column name in the ascending order

pandas sort values
pandas sort function to sort value by column

by descending order

pandas sort values
pandas sort function to sort value by column


In SQL we have to use ‘ORDER BY’ Column to view the data.

SQL Sort
SQL sorting by ‘ORDER BY’ Clause in Ascending order
SQL Sort1
SQL sorting by ‘ORDER BY’ Clause in Descending order
Check the NULL Value

Every data set will have some kind of NULL or missing values either in one column or multiple column. Command to find out NULL Value is

Pandas –


The ‘Product Base Margin’ column has 72 missing values.

pandas null value
pandas isnull function


In SQL to get NULL Value we have to run below query for each column.

SELECT * from table where columnname IS NULL

SQL Null Value
SQL ISNULL function
Select the columns

What if we want to see the specific columns, how do we select them?

Pandas –

Note – Pandas will not display all rows in the output by default, to see all rows please run the command –> ‘pd.set_option(‘display.max_rows’, None)’

Pandas select column
Pandas select multiple column


select [Row ID],[Order Priority] from table name.

SQL Select column
SQL select multiple column from the table
Filter the data

Every data scientist or data analyst have to filter the data to get some insight. How do we do that in both pandas and SQL?

Pandas –

Lets say, we need details of all the orders shipped through ‘Regular Air’ only

pandas filter
pandas filter function

and sent to California state.

pandas filter command
pandas advance filter function


SELECT * from table where [Ship Mode] = ‘Regular Air’

sql filter
SQL filter command
SQL Filter command
SQL advance filter command

Hope you like the article about pandas and SQL command similarity part 2, Stay tuned for next update.




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Pandas and SQL

Pandas and SQL are the integral part of Data Science. Pandas is used for data manipulation and analysis while SQL or Structured Query Language is usually used to fetch data, update the contents of the table, or operate on the structure of the database or tables, using any type of database tools, which will have a user interface to apply the operations on the database.

I believe Pandas and SQL are both similar in terms of analyzing the datasets, freshers like me find it difficult to remember the command syntax of both tool. A small effort from my end to show the command similarity.

Let’s Start..

Pandas Installation –

To work on both the tool, first we need to install them. I am using Anaconda distribution on my laptop which comes with all the required library pre-installed. To download Anaconda, please go to their site here

Launch the Jupyter Notebook

Jupyter notebook
Jupyter notebook

Load the pandas module,

pandas import

Note – If you are not using Anaconda, then pandas installation procedure can be found here

SQL Installation –

I am using Microsoft SQL Express edition for the demo purpose, which is available here for the download and installation procedure here.

Note – The only expectation here is that you should know pandas syntax.

Importing the data –

Pandas –

load data in to pandas
pandas data frame

I am using ‘read_excel’ because my source file is Excel and added sheet_name parameter because i want to import only first sheet from the excel file.


You can import entire excel in to the SQL database with the help of SQL Import and Export wizard.

SQL Import Export
SQL Import Export

You have to choose source data source as ‘Microsoft Excel’ as shown in below screenshot

SQL Import Export select source
SQL Import Export select source

Choose the Excel file which you want to import and the correct Excel version

SQL Import Export select destination
SQL Import Export destination

Select ‘SQL Server Native Client 11.0’ in the ‘Choose a Destination’ screen

SQL Import Export select destination
SQL Import Export select destination SQL Server

Pick correct server name, authentication type and the database

You can select first option to copy entire data from the excel sheet or you can write custom SQL  query to import only required data. I will go ahead and select first option.

Here please select the sheet you to import under first column, new table will be created in the database with the sheet name (second column).

Select sheet to import in SQL database
Select sheet to import in SQL database

It will import data and will create new table in to the database which we provided.

SQL Table
SQL Table created after import

Lets work on the data now –

How to view entire data

Pandas –
pandas data frame
pandas data frame

‘df’ is nothing but a variable to store the data.  Pandas can store or read different type of data which is called as DataFrame.

You can type ‘print(df)’ or ‘df’ to view the entire data.


Connect to the SQL Express using the SQL Management Studio

Click on the ‘New Query’

type below commands in the query field

‘select * from the dbo.Orders

SQL Select query

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