Pandas Brain Teasers (PragProg)

This book contains 25 simple programs which will challenge your understanding of Pandas. Like any big project, the Pandas developers had to make some design decisions that at times seem surprising. This book uses these quirks as a teaching opportunity. By understanding the gaps in your knowledge, you’ll become better at what you do. These teasers will help you avoid mistakes. Teasers are fun! We geeks love puzzles and solving them. You can use these teasers to impress your co-workers.

Miki Tebeka @tebeka

This book contains 25 simple programs which will challenge your understanding of Pandas. Like any big project, the Pandas developers had to make some design decisions that at times seem surprising. This book uses these quirks as a teaching opportunity. By understanding the gaps in your knowledge, you’ll become better at what you do. These teasers will help you avoid mistakes. Some of the teasers are from my own experience shipping bugs to production, and some from others doing the same. Teasers are fun! We geeks love puzzles and solving them. You can use these teasers to impress your co-workers.

This work was written and produced entirely by the author. We are proud to be distributing it.

At the beginning of each chapter I’ll show you a short Python program with Pandas code in it and will ask you to guess the output. The possible answers can be:

  • Syntax error
  • Exception
  • Some output (e.g. [1 2 3])

There’s a lot of research showing that people who make mistakes during the learning process learn better than people who don’t. If you use this approach at work when fixing bugs, you’ll find you enjoy bug hunting more and become a better developer after each bug you fix.

Many of these brain teasers are from quizzes I gave at conferences and meetups. I’ve found out that people highly enjoy them and they tend to liven the room.

Before moving on to the answer and the explanation, go ahead and guess the output. After guessing the output I encourage you to run the code and see the output yourself, and then proceed to read the solution and the explanation. I’ve been teaching programming for many years and found this course of action to be highly effective.


Miki has a passion for teaching and mentoring. He teaches many workshops on various technical subjects all over the world and also mentored many young developers on their way to success. Miki is involved in open source, has several projects of his own, and contributed to several more - including the Python project. He has been using Python for close to 25 years and Pandas for about 10.


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Hey everyone, here is the next Brain Teasers book out now from author Miki Tebeka @tebeka. He has two others with us, Python Brain Teasers #book-python-brain-teasers , and Go Brain Teasers #book-go-brain-teasers. These puzzles are a fun and challenging diversion during these stressful times.

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