Computational tools

Statistical Functions

Percent Change

Series, DataFrame, and Panel all have a method pct_change to compute the percent change over a given number of periods (using fill_method to fill NA/null values before computing the percent change).

In [1]: ser = pd.Series(np.random.randn(8))

In [2]: ser.pct_change()
Out[2]: 
0         NaN
1   -1.602976
2    4.334938
3   -0.247456
4   -2.067345
5   -1.142903
6   -1.688214
7   -9.759729
dtype: float64
In [3]: df = pd.DataFrame(np.random.randn(10, 4))

In [4]: df.pct_change(periods=3)
Out[4]: 
          0         1         2         3
0       NaN       NaN       NaN       NaN
1       NaN       NaN       NaN       NaN
2       NaN       NaN       NaN       NaN
3 -0.218320 -1.054001  1.987147 -0.510183
4 -0.439121 -1.816454  0.649715 -4.822809
5 -0.127833 -3.042065 -5.866604 -1.776977
6 -2.596833 -1.959538 -2.111697 -3.798900
7 -0.117826 -2.169058  0.036094 -0.067696
8  2.492606 -1.357320 -1.205802 -1.558697
9 -1.012977  2.324558 -1.003744 -0.371806

Covariance

The Series object has a method cov to compute covariance between series (excluding NA/null values).

In [5]: s1 = pd.Series(np.random.randn(1000))

In [6]: s2 = pd.Series(np.random.randn(1000))

In [7]: s1.cov(s2)
Out[7]: 0.00068010881743111229

Analogously, DataFrame has a method cov to compute pairwise covariances among the series in the DataFrame, also excluding NA/null values.

Note

Assuming the missing data are missing at random this results in an estimate for the covariance matrix which is unbiased. However, for many applications this estimate may not be acceptable because the estimated covariance matrix is not guaranteed to be positive semi-definite. This could lead to estimated correlations having absolute values which are greater than one, and/or a non-invertible covariance matrix. See Estimation of covariance matrices for more details.

In [8]: frame = pd.DataFrame(np.random.randn(1000, 5), columns=['a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e'])

In [9]: frame.cov()
Out[9]: 
          a         b         c         d         e
a  1.000882 -0.003177 -0.002698 -0.006889  0.031912
b -0.003177  1.024721  0.000191  0.009212  0.000857
c -0.002698  0.000191  0.950735 -0.031743 -0.005087
d -0.006889  0.009212 -0.031743  1.002983 -0.047952
e  0.031912  0.000857 -0.005087 -0.047952  1.042487

DataFrame.cov also supports an optional min_periods keyword that specifies the required minimum number of observations for each column pair in order to have a valid result.

In [10]: frame = pd.DataFrame(np.random.randn(20, 3), columns=['a', 'b', 'c'])

In [11]: frame.loc[frame.index[:5], 'a'] = np.nan

In [12]: frame.loc[frame.index[5:10], 'b'] = np.nan

In [13]: frame.cov()
Out[13]: 
          a         b         c
a  1.123670 -0.412851  0.018169
b -0.412851  1.154141  0.305260
c  0.018169  0.305260  1.301149

In [14]: frame.cov(min_periods=12)
Out[14]: 
          a         b         c
a  1.123670       NaN  0.018169
b       NaN  1.154141  0.305260
c  0.018169  0.305260  1.301149

Correlation

Several methods for computing correlations are provided:

Method name Description
pearson (default) Standard correlation coefficient
kendall Kendall Tau correlation coefficient
spearman Spearman rank correlation coefficient

All of these are currently computed using pairwise complete observations.

Note

Please see the caveats associated with this method of calculating correlation matrices in the covariance section.

In [15]: frame = pd.DataFrame(np.random.randn(1000, 5), columns=['a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e'])

In [16]: frame.iloc[::2] = np.nan

# Series with Series
In [17]: frame['a'].corr(frame['b'])
Out[17]: 0.013479040400098802

In [18]: frame['a'].corr(frame['b'], method='spearman')
Out[18]: -0.0072898851595406371

# Pairwise correlation of DataFrame columns
In [19]: frame.corr()
Out[19]: 
          a         b         c         d         e
a  1.000000  0.013479 -0.049269 -0.042239 -0.028525
b  0.013479  1.000000 -0.020433 -0.011139  0.005654
c -0.049269 -0.020433  1.000000  0.018587 -0.054269
d -0.042239 -0.011139  0.018587  1.000000 -0.017060
e -0.028525  0.005654 -0.054269 -0.017060  1.000000

Note that non-numeric columns will be automatically excluded from the correlation calculation.

Like cov, corr also supports the optional min_periods keyword:

In [20]: frame = pd.DataFrame(np.random.randn(20, 3), columns=['a', 'b', 'c'])

In [21]: frame.loc[frame.index[:5], 'a'] = np.nan

In [22]: frame.loc[frame.index[5:10], 'b'] = np.nan

In [23]: frame.corr()
Out[23]: 
          a         b         c
a  1.000000 -0.121111  0.069544
b -0.121111  1.000000  0.051742
c  0.069544  0.051742  1.000000

In [24]: frame.corr(min_periods=12)
Out[24]: 
          a         b         c
a  1.000000       NaN  0.069544
b       NaN  1.000000  0.051742
c  0.069544  0.051742  1.000000

A related method corrwith is implemented on DataFrame to compute the correlation between like-labeled Series contained in different DataFrame objects.

In [25]: index = ['a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e']

In [26]: columns = ['one', 'two', 'three', 'four']

In [27]: df1 = pd.DataFrame(np.random.randn(5, 4), index=index, columns=columns)

In [28]: df2 = pd.DataFrame(np.random.randn(4, 4), index=index[:4], columns=columns)

In [29]: df1.corrwith(df2)
Out[29]: 
one     -0.125501
two     -0.493244
three    0.344056
four     0.004183
dtype: float64

In [30]: df2.corrwith(df1, axis=1)
Out[30]: 
a   -0.675817
b    0.458296
c    0.190809
d   -0.186275
e         NaN
dtype: float64

Data ranking

The rank method produces a data ranking with ties being assigned the mean of the ranks (by default) for the group:

In [31]: s = pd.Series(np.random.np.random.randn(5), index=list('abcde'))

In [32]: s['d'] = s['b'] # so there's a tie

In [33]: s.rank()
Out[33]: 
a    5.0
b    2.5
c    1.0
d    2.5
e    4.0
dtype: float64

rank is also a DataFrame method and can rank either the rows (axis=0) or the columns (axis=1). NaN values are excluded from the ranking.

In [34]: df = pd.DataFrame(np.random.np.random.randn(10, 6))

In [35]: df[4] = df[2][:5] # some ties

In [36]: df
Out[36]: 
          0         1         2         3         4         5
0 -0.904948 -1.163537 -1.457187  0.135463 -1.457187  0.294650
1 -0.976288 -0.244652 -0.748406 -0.999601 -0.748406 -0.800809
2  0.401965  1.460840  1.256057  1.308127  1.256057  0.876004
3  0.205954  0.369552 -0.669304  0.038378 -0.669304  1.140296
4 -0.477586 -0.730705 -1.129149 -0.601463 -1.129149 -0.211196
5 -1.092970 -0.689246  0.908114  0.204848       NaN  0.463347
6  0.376892  0.959292  0.095572 -0.593740       NaN -0.069180
7 -1.002601  1.957794 -0.120708  0.094214       NaN -1.467422
8 -0.547231  0.664402 -0.519424 -0.073254       NaN -1.263544
9 -0.250277 -0.237428 -1.056443  0.419477       NaN  1.375064

In [37]: df.rank(1)
Out[37]: 
     0    1    2    3    4    5
0  4.0  3.0  1.5  5.0  1.5  6.0
1  2.0  6.0  4.5  1.0  4.5  3.0
2  1.0  6.0  3.5  5.0  3.5  2.0
3  4.0  5.0  1.5  3.0  1.5  6.0
4  5.0  3.0  1.5  4.0  1.5  6.0
5  1.0  2.0  5.0  3.0  NaN  4.0
6  4.0  5.0  3.0  1.0  NaN  2.0
7  2.0  5.0  3.0  4.0  NaN  1.0
8  2.0  5.0  3.0  4.0  NaN  1.0
9  2.0  3.0  1.0  4.0  NaN  5.0

rank optionally takes a parameter ascending which by default is true; when false, data is reverse-ranked, with larger values assigned a smaller rank.

rank supports different tie-breaking methods, specified with the method parameter:

  • average : average rank of tied group
  • min : lowest rank in the group
  • max : highest rank in the group
  • first : ranks assigned in the order they appear in the array

Window Functions

Warning

Prior to version 0.18.0, pd.rolling_*, pd.expanding_*, and pd.ewm* were module level functions and are now deprecated. These are replaced by using the Rolling, Expanding and EWM. objects and a corresponding method call.

The deprecation warning will show the new syntax, see an example here

For working with data, a number of windows functions are provided for computing common window or rolling statistics. Among these are count, sum, mean, median, correlation, variance, covariance, standard deviation, skewness, and kurtosis.

Starting in version 0.18.1, the rolling() and expanding() functions can be used directly from DataFrameGroupBy objects, see the groupby docs.

Note

The API for window statistics is quite similar to the way one works with GroupBy objects, see the documentation here

We work with rolling, expanding and exponentially weighted data through the corresponding objects, Rolling, Expanding and EWM.

In [38]: s = pd.Series(np.random.randn(1000), index=pd.date_range('1/1/2000', periods=1000))

In [39]: s = s.cumsum()

In [40]: s
Out[40]: 
2000-01-01    -0.268824
2000-01-02    -1.771855
2000-01-03    -0.818003
2000-01-04    -0.659244
2000-01-05    -1.942133
2000-01-06    -1.869391
2000-01-07     0.563674
                ...    
2002-09-20   -68.233054
2002-09-21   -66.765687
2002-09-22   -67.457323
2002-09-23   -69.253182
2002-09-24   -70.296818
2002-09-25   -70.844674
2002-09-26   -72.475016
Freq: D, Length: 1000, dtype: float64

These are created from methods on Series and DataFrame.

In [41]: r = s.rolling(window=60)

In [42]: r
Out[42]: Rolling [window=60,center=False,axis=0]

These object provide tab-completion of the avaible methods and properties.

In [14]: r.
r.agg         r.apply       r.count       r.exclusions  r.max         r.median      r.name        r.skew        r.sum
r.aggregate   r.corr        r.cov         r.kurt        r.mean        r.min         r.quantile    r.std         r.var

Generally these methods all have the same interface. They all accept the following arguments:

  • window: size of moving window
  • min_periods: threshold of non-null data points to require (otherwise result is NA)
  • center: boolean, whether to set the labels at the center (default is False)

Warning

The freq and how arguments were in the API prior to 0.18.0 changes. These are deprecated in the new API. You can simply resample the input prior to creating a window function.

For example, instead of s.rolling(window=5,freq='D').max() to get the max value on a rolling 5 Day window, one could use s.resample('D').max().rolling(window=5).max(), which first resamples the data to daily data, then provides a rolling 5 day window.

We can then call methods on these rolling objects. These return like-indexed objects:

In [43]: r.mean()
Out[43]: 
2000-01-01          NaN
2000-01-02          NaN
2000-01-03          NaN
2000-01-04          NaN
2000-01-05          NaN
2000-01-06          NaN
2000-01-07          NaN
                ...    
2002-09-20   -62.694135
2002-09-21   -62.812190
2002-09-22   -62.914971
2002-09-23   -63.061867
2002-09-24   -63.213876
2002-09-25   -63.375074
2002-09-26   -63.539734
Freq: D, Length: 1000, dtype: float64
In [44]: s.plot(style='k--')
Out[44]: <matplotlib.axes._subplots.AxesSubplot at 0x7fea528a0550>

In [45]: r.mean().plot(style='k')
Out[45]: <matplotlib.axes._subplots.AxesSubplot at 0x7fea528a0550>
_images/rolling_mean_ex.png

They can also be applied to DataFrame objects. This is really just syntactic sugar for applying the moving window operator to all of the DataFrame’s columns:

In [46]: df = pd.DataFrame(np.random.randn(1000, 4),
   ....:                   index=pd.date_range('1/1/2000', periods=1000),
   ....:                   columns=['A', 'B', 'C', 'D'])
   ....: 

In [47]: df = df.cumsum()

In [48]: df.rolling(window=60).sum().plot(subplots=True)
Out[48]: 
array([<matplotlib.axes._subplots.AxesSubplot object at 0x7fea7eed4c88>,
       <matplotlib.axes._subplots.AxesSubplot object at 0x7fea5b1fc668>,
       <matplotlib.axes._subplots.AxesSubplot object at 0x7fea7ee4a780>,
       <matplotlib.axes._subplots.AxesSubplot object at 0x7fea5ad1ddd8>], dtype=object)
_images/rolling_mean_frame.png

Method Summary

We provide a number of the common statistical functions:

Method Description
count() Number of non-null observations
sum() Sum of values
mean() Mean of values
median() Arithmetic median of values
min() Minimum
max() Maximum
std() Bessel-corrected sample standard deviation
var() Unbiased variance
skew() Sample skewness (3rd moment)
kurt() Sample kurtosis (4th moment)
quantile() Sample quantile (value at %)
apply() Generic apply
cov() Unbiased covariance (binary)
corr() Correlation (binary)

The apply() function takes an extra func argument and performs generic rolling computations. The func argument should be a single function that produces a single value from an ndarray input. Suppose we wanted to compute the mean absolute deviation on a rolling basis:

In [49]: mad = lambda x: np.fabs(x - x.mean()).mean()

In [50]: s.rolling(window=60).apply(mad).plot(style='k')
Out[50]: <matplotlib.axes._subplots.AxesSubplot at 0x7fea5b1f3e48>
_images/rolling_apply_ex.png

Rolling Windows

Passing win_type to .rolling generates a generic rolling window computation, that is weighted according the win_type. The following methods are available:

Method Description
sum() Sum of values
mean() Mean of values

The weights used in the window are specified by the win_type keyword. The list of recognized types are:

  • boxcar
  • triang
  • blackman
  • hamming
  • bartlett
  • parzen
  • bohman
  • blackmanharris
  • nuttall
  • barthann
  • kaiser (needs beta)
  • gaussian (needs std)
  • general_gaussian (needs power, width)
  • slepian (needs width).
In [51]: ser = pd.Series(np.random.randn(10), index=pd.date_range('1/1/2000', periods=10))

In [52]: ser.rolling(window=5, win_type='triang').mean()
Out[52]: 
2000-01-01         NaN
2000-01-02         NaN
2000-01-03         NaN
2000-01-04         NaN
2000-01-05   -1.037870
2000-01-06   -0.767705
2000-01-07   -0.383197
2000-01-08   -0.395513
2000-01-09   -0.558440
2000-01-10   -0.672416
Freq: D, dtype: float64

Note that the boxcar window is equivalent to mean().

In [53]: ser.rolling(window=5, win_type='boxcar').mean()
Out[53]: 
2000-01-01         NaN
2000-01-02         NaN
2000-01-03         NaN
2000-01-04         NaN
2000-01-05   -0.841164
2000-01-06   -0.779948
2000-01-07   -0.565487
2000-01-08   -0.502815
2000-01-09   -0.553755
2000-01-10   -0.472211
Freq: D, dtype: float64

In [54]: ser.rolling(window=5).mean()
Out[54]: 
2000-01-01         NaN
2000-01-02         NaN
2000-01-03         NaN
2000-01-04         NaN
2000-01-05   -0.841164
2000-01-06   -0.779948
2000-01-07   -0.565487
2000-01-08   -0.502815
2000-01-09   -0.553755
2000-01-10   -0.472211
Freq: D, dtype: float64

For some windowing functions, additional parameters must be specified:

In [55]: ser.rolling(window=5, win_type='gaussian').mean(std=0.1)
Out[55]: 
2000-01-01         NaN
2000-01-02         NaN
2000-01-03         NaN
2000-01-04         NaN
2000-01-05   -1.309989
2000-01-06   -1.153000
2000-01-07    0.606382
2000-01-08   -0.681101
2000-01-09   -0.289724
2000-01-10   -0.996632
Freq: D, dtype: float64

Note

For .sum() with a win_type, there is no normalization done to the weights for the window. Passing custom weights of [1, 1, 1] will yield a different result than passing weights of [2, 2, 2], for example. When passing a win_type instead of explicitly specifying the weights, the weights are already normalized so that the largest weight is 1.

In contrast, the nature of the .mean() calculation is such that the weights are normalized with respect to each other. Weights of [1, 1, 1] and [2, 2, 2] yield the same result.

Time-aware Rolling

New in version 0.19.0.

New in version 0.19.0 are the ability to pass an offset (or convertible) to a .rolling() method and have it produce variable sized windows based on the passed time window. For each time point, this includes all preceding values occurring within the indicated time delta.

This can be particularly useful for a non-regular time frequency index.

In [56]: dft = pd.DataFrame({'B': [0, 1, 2, np.nan, 4]},
   ....:                    index=pd.date_range('20130101 09:00:00', periods=5, freq='s'))
   ....: 

In [57]: dft
Out[57]: 
                       B
2013-01-01 09:00:00  0.0
2013-01-01 09:00:01  1.0
2013-01-01 09:00:02  2.0
2013-01-01 09:00:03  NaN
2013-01-01 09:00:04  4.0

This is a regular frequency index. Using an integer window parameter works to roll along the window frequency.

In [58]: dft.rolling(2).sum()
Out[58]: 
                       B
2013-01-01 09:00:00  NaN
2013-01-01 09:00:01  1.0
2013-01-01 09:00:02  3.0
2013-01-01 09:00:03  NaN
2013-01-01 09:00:04  NaN

In [59]: dft.rolling(2, min_periods=1).sum()
Out[59]: 
                       B
2013-01-01 09:00:00  0.0
2013-01-01 09:00:01  1.0
2013-01-01 09:00:02  3.0
2013-01-01 09:00:03  2.0
2013-01-01 09:00:04  4.0

Specifying an offset allows a more intuitive specification of the rolling frequency.

In [60]: dft.rolling('2s').sum()
Out[60]: 
                       B
2013-01-01 09:00:00  0.0
2013-01-01 09:00:01  1.0
2013-01-01 09:00:02  3.0
2013-01-01 09:00:03  2.0
2013-01-01 09:00:04  4.0

Using a non-regular, but still monotonic index, rolling with an integer window does not impart any special calculation.

In [61]: dft = pd.DataFrame({'B': [0, 1, 2, np.nan, 4]},
   ....:                    index = pd.Index([pd.Timestamp('20130101 09:00:00'),
   ....:                                      pd.Timestamp('20130101 09:00:02'),
   ....:                                      pd.Timestamp('20130101 09:00:03'),
   ....:                                      pd.Timestamp('20130101 09:00:05'),
   ....:                                      pd.Timestamp('20130101 09:00:06')],
   ....:                                     name='foo'))
   ....: 

In [62]: dft
Out[62]: 
                       B
foo                     
2013-01-01 09:00:00  0.0
2013-01-01 09:00:02  1.0
2013-01-01 09:00:03  2.0
2013-01-01 09:00:05  NaN
2013-01-01 09:00:06  4.0

In [63]: dft.rolling(2).sum()
Out[63]: 
                       B
foo                     
2013-01-01 09:00:00  NaN
2013-01-01 09:00:02  1.0
2013-01-01 09:00:03  3.0
2013-01-01 09:00:05  NaN
2013-01-01 09:00:06  NaN

Using the time-specification generates variable windows for this sparse data.

In [64]: dft.rolling('2s').sum()
Out[64]: 
                       B
foo                     
2013-01-01 09:00:00  0.0
2013-01-01 09:00:02  1.0
2013-01-01 09:00:03  3.0
2013-01-01 09:00:05  NaN
2013-01-01 09:00:06  4.0

Furthermore, we now allow an optional on parameter to specify a column (rather than the default of the index) in a DataFrame.

In [65]: dft = dft.reset_index()

In [66]: dft
Out[66]: 
                  foo    B
0 2013-01-01 09:00:00  0.0
1 2013-01-01 09:00:02  1.0
2 2013-01-01 09:00:03  2.0
3 2013-01-01 09:00:05  NaN
4 2013-01-01 09:00:06  4.0

In [67]: dft.rolling('2s', on='foo').sum()
Out[67]: 
                  foo    B
0 2013-01-01 09:00:00  0.0
1 2013-01-01 09:00:02  1.0
2 2013-01-01 09:00:03  3.0
3 2013-01-01 09:00:05  NaN
4 2013-01-01 09:00:06  4.0

Rolling Window Endpoints

New in version 0.20.0.

The inclusion of the interval endpoints in rolling window calculations can be specified with the closed parameter:

closed Description Default for
right close right endpoint time-based windows
left close left endpoint  
both close both endpoints fixed windows
neither open endpoints  

For example, having the right endpoint open is useful in many problems that require that there is no contamination from present information back to past information. This allows the rolling window to compute statistics “up to that point in time”, but not including that point in time.

In [68]: df = pd.DataFrame({'x': 1},
   ....:                   index = [pd.Timestamp('20130101 09:00:01'),
   ....:                            pd.Timestamp('20130101 09:00:02'),
   ....:                            pd.Timestamp('20130101 09:00:03'),
   ....:                            pd.Timestamp('20130101 09:00:04'),
   ....:                            pd.Timestamp('20130101 09:00:06')])
   ....: 

In [69]: df["right"] = df.rolling('2s', closed='right').x.sum()  # default

In [70]: df["both"] = df.rolling('2s', closed='both').x.sum()

In [71]: df["left"] = df.rolling('2s', closed='left').x.sum()

In [72]: df["neither"] = df.rolling('2s', closed='neither').x.sum()

In [73]: df
Out[73]: 
                     x  right  both  left  neither
2013-01-01 09:00:01  1    1.0   1.0   NaN      NaN
2013-01-01 09:00:02  1    2.0   2.0   1.0      1.0
2013-01-01 09:00:03  1    2.0   3.0   2.0      1.0
2013-01-01 09:00:04  1    2.0   3.0   2.0      1.0
2013-01-01 09:00:06  1    1.0   2.0   1.0      NaN

Currently, this feature is only implemented for time-based windows. For fixed windows, the closed parameter cannot be set and the rolling window will always have both endpoints closed.

Time-aware Rolling vs. Resampling

Using .rolling() with a time-based index is quite similar to resampling. They both operate and perform reductive operations on time-indexed pandas objects.

When using .rolling() with an offset. The offset is a time-delta. Take a backwards-in-time looking window, and aggregate all of the values in that window (including the end-point, but not the start-point). This is the new value at that point in the result. These are variable sized windows in time-space for each point of the input. You will get a same sized result as the input.

When using .resample() with an offset. Construct a new index that is the frequency of the offset. For each frequency bin, aggregate points from the input within a backwards-in-time looking window that fall in that bin. The result of this aggregation is the output for that frequency point. The windows are fixed size size in the frequency space. Your result will have the shape of a regular frequency between the min and the max of the original input object.

To summarize, .rolling() is a time-based window operation, while .resample() is a frequency-based window operation.

Centering Windows

By default the labels are set to the right edge of the window, but a center keyword is available so the labels can be set at the center.

In [74]: ser.rolling(window=5).mean()
Out[74]: 
2000-01-01         NaN
2000-01-02         NaN
2000-01-03         NaN
2000-01-04         NaN
2000-01-05   -0.841164
2000-01-06   -0.779948
2000-01-07   -0.565487
2000-01-08   -0.502815
2000-01-09   -0.553755
2000-01-10   -0.472211
Freq: D, dtype: float64

In [75]: ser.rolling(window=5, center=True).mean()
Out[75]: 
2000-01-01         NaN
2000-01-02         NaN
2000-01-03   -0.841164
2000-01-04   -0.779948
2000-01-05   -0.565487
2000-01-06   -0.502815
2000-01-07   -0.553755
2000-01-08   -0.472211
2000-01-09         NaN
2000-01-10         NaN
Freq: D, dtype: float64

Binary Window Functions

cov() and corr() can compute moving window statistics about two Series or any combination of DataFrame/Series or DataFrame/DataFrame. Here is the behavior in each case:

  • two Series: compute the statistic for the pairing.
  • DataFrame/Series: compute the statistics for each column of the DataFrame with the passed Series, thus returning a DataFrame.
  • DataFrame/DataFrame: by default compute the statistic for matching column names, returning a DataFrame. If the keyword argument pairwise=True is passed then computes the statistic for each pair of columns, returning a MultiIndexed DataFrame whose index are the dates in question (see the next section).

For example:

In [76]: df = pd.DataFrame(np.random.randn(1000, 4),
   ....:                   index=pd.date_range('1/1/2000', periods=1000),
   ....:                   columns=['A', 'B', 'C', 'D'])
   ....: 

In [77]: df = df.cumsum()

In [78]: df2 = df[:20]

In [79]: df2.rolling(window=5).corr(df2['B'])
Out[79]: 
                   A    B         C         D
2000-01-01       NaN  NaN       NaN       NaN
2000-01-02       NaN  NaN       NaN       NaN
2000-01-03       NaN  NaN       NaN       NaN
2000-01-04       NaN  NaN       NaN       NaN
2000-01-05  0.768775  1.0 -0.977990  0.800252
2000-01-06  0.744106  1.0 -0.967912  0.830021
2000-01-07  0.683257  1.0 -0.928969  0.384916
...              ...  ...       ...       ...
2000-01-14 -0.392318  1.0  0.570240 -0.591056
2000-01-15  0.017217  1.0  0.649900 -0.896258
2000-01-16  0.691078  1.0  0.807450 -0.939302
2000-01-17  0.274506  1.0  0.582601 -0.902954
2000-01-18  0.330459  1.0  0.515707 -0.545268
2000-01-19  0.046756  1.0 -0.104334 -0.419799
2000-01-20 -0.328241  1.0 -0.650974 -0.777777

[20 rows x 4 columns]

Computing rolling pairwise covariances and correlations

Warning

Prior to version 0.20.0 if pairwise=True was passed, a Panel would be returned. This will now return a 2-level MultiIndexed DataFrame, see the whatsnew here

In financial data analysis and other fields it’s common to compute covariance and correlation matrices for a collection of time series. Often one is also interested in moving-window covariance and correlation matrices. This can be done by passing the pairwise keyword argument, which in the case of DataFrame inputs will yield a MultiIndexed DataFrame whose index are the dates in question. In the case of a single DataFrame argument the pairwise argument can even be omitted:

Note

Missing values are ignored and each entry is computed using the pairwise complete observations. Please see the covariance section for caveats associated with this method of calculating covariance and correlation matrices.

In [80]: covs = df[['B','C','D']].rolling(window=50).cov(df[['A','B','C']], pairwise=True)

In [81]: covs.loc['2002-09-22':]
Out[81]: 
                     B         C         D
2002-09-22 A  1.367467  8.676734 -8.047366
           B  3.067315  0.865946 -1.052533
           C  0.865946  7.739761 -4.943924
2002-09-23 A  0.910343  8.669065 -8.443062
           B  2.625456  0.565152 -0.907654
           C  0.565152  7.825521 -5.367526
2002-09-24 A  0.463332  8.514509 -8.776514
           B  2.306695  0.267746 -0.732186
           C  0.267746  7.771425 -5.696962
2002-09-25 A  0.467976  8.198236 -9.162599
           B  2.307129  0.267287 -0.754080
           C  0.267287  7.466559 -5.822650
2002-09-26 A  0.545781  7.899084 -9.326238
           B  2.311058  0.322295 -0.844451
           C  0.322295  7.038237 -5.684445
In [82]: correls = df.rolling(window=50).corr()

In [83]: correls.loc['2002-09-22':]
Out[83]: 
                     A         B         C         D
2002-09-22 A  1.000000  0.186397  0.744551 -0.769767
           B  0.186397  1.000000  0.177725 -0.240802
           C  0.744551  0.177725  1.000000 -0.712051
           D -0.769767 -0.240802 -0.712051  1.000000
2002-09-23 A  1.000000  0.134723  0.743113 -0.758758
           B  0.134723  1.000000  0.124683 -0.209934
           C  0.743113  0.124683  1.000000 -0.719088
...                ...       ...       ...       ...
2002-09-25 B  0.075157  1.000000  0.064399 -0.164179
           C  0.731888  0.064399  1.000000 -0.704686
           D -0.739160 -0.164179 -0.704686  1.000000
2002-09-26 A  1.000000  0.087756  0.727792 -0.736562
           B  0.087756  1.000000  0.079913 -0.179477
           C  0.727792  0.079913  1.000000 -0.692303
           D -0.736562 -0.179477 -0.692303  1.000000

[20 rows x 4 columns]

You can efficiently retrieve the time series of correlations between two columns by reshaping and indexing:

In [84]: correls.unstack(1)[('A', 'C')].plot()
Out[84]: <matplotlib.axes._subplots.AxesSubplot at 0x7fea5110f278>
_images/rolling_corr_pairwise_ex.png

Aggregation

Once the Rolling, Expanding or EWM objects have been created, several methods are available to perform multiple computations on the data. These operations are similar to the aggregating API, groupby API, and resample API.

In [85]: dfa = pd.DataFrame(np.random.randn(1000, 3),
   ....:                    index=pd.date_range('1/1/2000', periods=1000),
   ....:                    columns=['A', 'B', 'C'])
   ....: 

In [86]: r = dfa.rolling(window=60,min_periods=1)

In [87]: r
Out[87]: Rolling [window=60,min_periods=1,center=False,axis=0]

We can aggregate by passing a function to the entire DataFrame, or select a Series (or multiple Series) via standard getitem.

In [88]: r.aggregate(np.sum)
Out[88]: 
                   A          B         C
2000-01-01 -0.289838  -0.370545 -1.284206
2000-01-02 -0.216612  -1.675528 -1.169415
2000-01-03  1.154661  -1.634017 -1.566620
2000-01-04  2.969393  -4.003274 -1.816179
2000-01-05  4.690630  -4.682017 -2.717209
2000-01-06  3.880630  -4.447700 -1.078947
2000-01-07  4.001957  -2.884072 -3.116903
...              ...        ...       ...
2002-09-20  2.652493 -10.528875  9.867805
2002-09-21  0.844497  -9.280944  9.522649
2002-09-22  2.860036  -9.270337  6.415245
2002-09-23  3.510163  -8.151439  5.177219
2002-09-24  6.524983 -10.168078  5.792639
2002-09-25  6.409626  -9.956226  5.704050
2002-09-26  5.093787  -7.074515  6.905823

[1000 rows x 3 columns]

In [89]: r['A'].aggregate(np.sum)
Out[89]: 
2000-01-01   -0.289838
2000-01-02   -0.216612
2000-01-03    1.154661
2000-01-04    2.969393
2000-01-05    4.690630
2000-01-06    3.880630
2000-01-07    4.001957
                ...   
2002-09-20    2.652493
2002-09-21    0.844497
2002-09-22    2.860036
2002-09-23    3.510163
2002-09-24    6.524983
2002-09-25    6.409626
2002-09-26    5.093787
Freq: D, Name: A, Length: 1000, dtype: float64

In [90]: r[['A','B']].aggregate(np.sum)
Out[90]: 
                   A          B
2000-01-01 -0.289838  -0.370545
2000-01-02 -0.216612  -1.675528
2000-01-03  1.154661  -1.634017
2000-01-04  2.969393  -4.003274
2000-01-05  4.690630  -4.682017
2000-01-06  3.880630  -4.447700
2000-01-07  4.001957  -2.884072
...              ...        ...
2002-09-20  2.652493 -10.528875
2002-09-21  0.844497  -9.280944
2002-09-22  2.860036  -9.270337
2002-09-23  3.510163  -8.151439
2002-09-24  6.524983 -10.168078
2002-09-25  6.409626  -9.956226
2002-09-26  5.093787  -7.074515

[1000 rows x 2 columns]

As you can see, the result of the aggregation will have the selected columns, or all columns if none are selected.

Applying multiple functions

With windowed Series you can also pass a list of functions to do aggregation with, outputting a DataFrame:

In [91]: r['A'].agg([np.sum, np.mean, np.std])
Out[91]: 
                 sum      mean       std
2000-01-01 -0.289838 -0.289838       NaN
2000-01-02 -0.216612 -0.108306  0.256725
2000-01-03  1.154661  0.384887  0.873311
2000-01-04  2.969393  0.742348  1.009734
2000-01-05  4.690630  0.938126  0.977914
2000-01-06  3.880630  0.646772  1.128883
2000-01-07  4.001957  0.571708  1.049487
...              ...       ...       ...
2002-09-20  2.652493  0.044208  1.164919
2002-09-21  0.844497  0.014075  1.148231
2002-09-22  2.860036  0.047667  1.132051
2002-09-23  3.510163  0.058503  1.134296
2002-09-24  6.524983  0.108750  1.144204
2002-09-25  6.409626  0.106827  1.142913
2002-09-26  5.093787  0.084896  1.151416

[1000 rows x 3 columns]

On a windowed DataFrame, you can pass a list of functions to apply to each column, which produces an aggregated result with a hierarchical index:

In [92]: r.agg([np.sum, np.mean])
Out[92]: 
                   A                    B                   C          
                 sum      mean        sum      mean       sum      mean
2000-01-01 -0.289838 -0.289838  -0.370545 -0.370545 -1.284206 -1.284206
2000-01-02 -0.216612 -0.108306  -1.675528 -0.837764 -1.169415 -0.584708
2000-01-03  1.154661  0.384887  -1.634017 -0.544672 -1.566620 -0.522207
2000-01-04  2.969393  0.742348  -4.003274 -1.000819 -1.816179 -0.454045
2000-01-05  4.690630  0.938126  -4.682017 -0.936403 -2.717209 -0.543442
2000-01-06  3.880630  0.646772  -4.447700 -0.741283 -1.078947 -0.179825
2000-01-07  4.001957  0.571708  -2.884072 -0.412010 -3.116903 -0.445272
...              ...       ...        ...       ...       ...       ...
2002-09-20  2.652493  0.044208 -10.528875 -0.175481  9.867805  0.164463
2002-09-21  0.844497  0.014075  -9.280944 -0.154682  9.522649  0.158711
2002-09-22  2.860036  0.047667  -9.270337 -0.154506  6.415245  0.106921
2002-09-23  3.510163  0.058503  -8.151439 -0.135857  5.177219  0.086287
2002-09-24  6.524983  0.108750 -10.168078 -0.169468  5.792639  0.096544
2002-09-25  6.409626  0.106827  -9.956226 -0.165937  5.704050  0.095068
2002-09-26  5.093787  0.084896  -7.074515 -0.117909  6.905823  0.115097

[1000 rows x 6 columns]

Passing a dict of functions has different behavior by default, see the next section.

Applying different functions to DataFrame columns

By passing a dict to aggregate you can apply a different aggregation to the columns of a DataFrame:

In [93]: r.agg({'A' : np.sum,
   ....:        'B' : lambda x: np.std(x, ddof=1)})
   ....: 
Out[93]: 
                   A         B
2000-01-01 -0.289838       NaN
2000-01-02 -0.216612  0.660747
2000-01-03  1.154661  0.689929
2000-01-04  2.969393  1.072199
2000-01-05  4.690630  0.939657
2000-01-06  3.880630  0.966848
2000-01-07  4.001957  1.240137
...              ...       ...
2002-09-20  2.652493  1.114814
2002-09-21  0.844497  1.113220
2002-09-22  2.860036  1.113208
2002-09-23  3.510163  1.132381
2002-09-24  6.524983  1.080963
2002-09-25  6.409626  1.082911
2002-09-26  5.093787  1.136199

[1000 rows x 2 columns]

The function names can also be strings. In order for a string to be valid it must be implemented on the windowed object

In [94]: r.agg({'A' : 'sum', 'B' : 'std'})
Out[94]: 
                   A         B
2000-01-01 -0.289838       NaN
2000-01-02 -0.216612  0.660747
2000-01-03  1.154661  0.689929
2000-01-04  2.969393  1.072199
2000-01-05  4.690630  0.939657
2000-01-06  3.880630  0.966848
2000-01-07  4.001957  1.240137
...              ...       ...
2002-09-20  2.652493  1.114814
2002-09-21  0.844497  1.113220
2002-09-22  2.860036  1.113208
2002-09-23  3.510163  1.132381
2002-09-24  6.524983  1.080963
2002-09-25  6.409626  1.082911
2002-09-26  5.093787  1.136199

[1000 rows x 2 columns]

Furthermore you can pass a nested dict to indicate different aggregations on different columns.

In [95]: r.agg({'A' : ['sum','std'], 'B' : ['mean','std'] })
Out[95]: 
                   A                   B          
                 sum       std      mean       std
2000-01-01 -0.289838       NaN -0.370545       NaN
2000-01-02 -0.216612  0.256725 -0.837764  0.660747
2000-01-03  1.154661  0.873311 -0.544672  0.689929
2000-01-04  2.969393  1.009734 -1.000819  1.072199
2000-01-05  4.690630  0.977914 -0.936403  0.939657
2000-01-06  3.880630  1.128883 -0.741283  0.966848
2000-01-07  4.001957  1.049487 -0.412010  1.240137
...              ...       ...       ...       ...
2002-09-20  2.652493  1.164919 -0.175481  1.114814
2002-09-21  0.844497  1.148231 -0.154682  1.113220
2002-09-22  2.860036  1.132051 -0.154506  1.113208
2002-09-23  3.510163  1.134296 -0.135857  1.132381
2002-09-24  6.524983  1.144204 -0.169468  1.080963
2002-09-25  6.409626  1.142913 -0.165937  1.082911
2002-09-26  5.093787  1.151416 -0.117909  1.136199

[1000 rows x 4 columns]

Expanding Windows

A common alternative to rolling statistics is to use an expanding window, which yields the value of the statistic with all the data available up to that point in time.

These follow a similar interface to .rolling, with the .expanding method returning an Expanding object.

As these calculations are a special case of rolling statistics, they are implemented in pandas such that the following two calls are equivalent:

In [96]: df.rolling(window=len(df), min_periods=1).mean()[:5]
Out[96]: 
                   A         B         C         D
2000-01-01  0.314226 -0.001675  0.071823  0.892566
2000-01-02  0.654522 -0.171495  0.179278  0.853361
2000-01-03  0.708733 -0.064489 -0.238271  1.371111
2000-01-04  0.987613  0.163472 -0.919693  1.566485
2000-01-05  1.426971  0.288267 -1.358877  1.808650

In [97]: df.expanding(min_periods=1).mean()[:5]
Out[97]: 
                   A         B         C         D
2000-01-01  0.314226 -0.001675  0.071823  0.892566
2000-01-02  0.654522 -0.171495  0.179278  0.853361
2000-01-03  0.708733 -0.064489 -0.238271  1.371111
2000-01-04  0.987613  0.163472 -0.919693  1.566485
2000-01-05  1.426971  0.288267 -1.358877  1.808650

These have a similar set of methods to .rolling methods.

Method Summary

Function Description
count() Number of non-null observations
sum() Sum of values
mean() Mean of values
median() Arithmetic median of values
min() Minimum
max() Maximum
std() Unbiased standard deviation
var() Unbiased variance
skew() Unbiased skewness (3rd moment)
kurt() Unbiased kurtosis (4th moment)
quantile() Sample quantile (value at %)
apply() Generic apply
cov() Unbiased covariance (binary)
corr() Correlation (binary)

Aside from not having a window parameter, these functions have the same interfaces as their .rolling counterparts. Like above, the parameters they all accept are:

  • min_periods: threshold of non-null data points to require. Defaults to minimum needed to compute statistic. No NaNs will be output once min_periods non-null data points have been seen.
  • center: boolean, whether to set the labels at the center (default is False)

Note

The output of the .rolling and .expanding methods do not return a NaN if there are at least min_periods non-null values in the current window. For example,

In [98]: sn = pd.Series([1, 2, np.nan, 3, np.nan, 4])

In [99]: sn
Out[99]: 
0    1.0
1    2.0
2    NaN
3    3.0
4    NaN
5    4.0
dtype: float64

In [100]: sn.rolling(2).max()
Out[100]: 
0    NaN
1    2.0
2    NaN
3    NaN
4    NaN
5    NaN
dtype: float64

In [101]: sn.rolling(2, min_periods=1).max()
Out[101]: 
0    1.0
1    2.0
2    2.0
3    3.0
4    3.0
5    4.0
dtype: float64

In case of expanding functions, this differs from cumsum(), cumprod(), cummax(), and cummin(), which return NaN in the output wherever a NaN is encountered in the input. In order to match the output of cumsum with expanding, use fillna():

In [102]: sn.expanding().sum()
Out[102]: 
0     1.0
1     3.0
2     3.0
3     6.0
4     6.0
5    10.0
dtype: float64

In [103]: sn.cumsum()
Out[103]: 
0     1.0
1     3.0
2     NaN
3     6.0
4     NaN
5    10.0
dtype: float64

In [104]: sn.cumsum().fillna(method='ffill')
Out[104]: 
0     1.0
1     3.0
2     3.0
3     6.0
4     6.0
5    10.0
dtype: float64

An expanding window statistic will be more stable (and less responsive) than its rolling window counterpart as the increasing window size decreases the relative impact of an individual data point. As an example, here is the mean() output for the previous time series dataset:

In [105]: s.plot(style='k--')
Out[105]: <matplotlib.axes._subplots.AxesSubplot at 0x7fea50f6aac8>

In [106]: s.expanding().mean().plot(style='k')
Out[106]: <matplotlib.axes._subplots.AxesSubplot at 0x7fea50f6aac8>
_images/expanding_mean_frame.png

Exponentially Weighted Windows

A related set of functions are exponentially weighted versions of several of the above statistics. A similar interface to .rolling and .expanding is accessed through the .ewm method to receive an EWM object. A number of expanding EW (exponentially weighted) methods are provided:

Function Description
mean() EW moving average
var() EW moving variance
std() EW moving standard deviation
corr() EW moving correlation
cov() EW moving covariance

In general, a weighted moving average is calculated as

\[y_t = \frac{\sum_{i=0}^t w_i x_{t-i}}{\sum_{i=0}^t w_i},\]

where \(x_t\) is the input and \(y_t\) is the result.

The EW functions support two variants of exponential weights. The default, adjust=True, uses the weights \(w_i = (1 - \alpha)^i\) which gives

\[y_t = \frac{x_t + (1 - \alpha)x_{t-1} + (1 - \alpha)^2 x_{t-2} + ... + (1 - \alpha)^t x_{0}}{1 + (1 - \alpha) + (1 - \alpha)^2 + ... + (1 - \alpha)^t}\]

When adjust=False is specified, moving averages are calculated as

\[\begin{split}y_0 &= x_0 \\ y_t &= (1 - \alpha) y_{t-1} + \alpha x_t,\end{split}\]

which is equivalent to using weights

\[\begin{split}w_i = \begin{cases} \alpha (1 - \alpha)^i & \text{if } i < t \\ (1 - \alpha)^i & \text{if } i = t. \end{cases}\end{split}\]

Note

These equations are sometimes written in terms of \(\alpha' = 1 - \alpha\), e.g.

\[y_t = \alpha' y_{t-1} + (1 - \alpha') x_t.\]

The difference between the above two variants arises because we are dealing with series which have finite history. Consider a series of infinite history:

\[y_t = \frac{x_t + (1 - \alpha)x_{t-1} + (1 - \alpha)^2 x_{t-2} + ...} {1 + (1 - \alpha) + (1 - \alpha)^2 + ...}\]

Noting that the denominator is a geometric series with initial term equal to 1 and a ratio of \(1 - \alpha\) we have

\[\begin{split}y_t &= \frac{x_t + (1 - \alpha)x_{t-1} + (1 - \alpha)^2 x_{t-2} + ...} {\frac{1}{1 - (1 - \alpha)}}\\ &= [x_t + (1 - \alpha)x_{t-1} + (1 - \alpha)^2 x_{t-2} + ...] \alpha \\ &= \alpha x_t + [(1-\alpha)x_{t-1} + (1 - \alpha)^2 x_{t-2} + ...]\alpha \\ &= \alpha x_t + (1 - \alpha)[x_{t-1} + (1 - \alpha) x_{t-2} + ...]\alpha\\ &= \alpha x_t + (1 - \alpha) y_{t-1}\end{split}\]

which shows the equivalence of the above two variants for infinite series. When adjust=True we have \(y_0 = x_0\) and from the last representation above we have \(y_t = \alpha x_t + (1 - \alpha) y_{t-1}\), therefore there is an assumption that \(x_0\) is not an ordinary value but rather an exponentially weighted moment of the infinite series up to that point.

One must have \(0 < \alpha \leq 1\), and while since version 0.18.0 it has been possible to pass \(\alpha\) directly, it’s often easier to think about either the span, center of mass (com) or half-life of an EW moment:

\[\begin{split}\alpha = \begin{cases} \frac{2}{s + 1}, & \text{for span}\ s \geq 1\\ \frac{1}{1 + c}, & \text{for center of mass}\ c \geq 0\\ 1 - \exp^{\frac{\log 0.5}{h}}, & \text{for half-life}\ h > 0 \end{cases}\end{split}\]

One must specify precisely one of span, center of mass, half-life and alpha to the EW functions:

  • Span corresponds to what is commonly called an “N-day EW moving average”.
  • Center of mass has a more physical interpretation and can be thought of in terms of span: \(c = (s - 1) / 2\).
  • Half-life is the period of time for the exponential weight to reduce to one half.
  • Alpha specifies the smoothing factor directly.

Here is an example for a univariate time series:

In [107]: s.plot(style='k--')
Out[107]: <matplotlib.axes._subplots.AxesSubplot at 0x7fea51136390>

In [108]: s.ewm(span=20).mean().plot(style='k')
Out[108]: <matplotlib.axes._subplots.AxesSubplot at 0x7fea51136390>
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EWM has a min_periods argument, which has the same meaning it does for all the .expanding and .rolling methods: no output values will be set until at least min_periods non-null values are encountered in the (expanding) window.

EWM also has an ignore_na argument, which determines how intermediate null values affect the calculation of the weights. When ignore_na=False (the default), weights are calculated based on absolute positions, so that intermediate null values affect the result. When ignore_na=True, weights are calculated by ignoring intermediate null values. For example, assuming adjust=True, if ignore_na=False, the weighted average of 3, NaN, 5 would be calculated as

\[\frac{(1-\alpha)^2 \cdot 3 + 1 \cdot 5}{(1-\alpha)^2 + 1}\]

Whereas if ignore_na=True, the weighted average would be calculated as

\[\frac{(1-\alpha) \cdot 3 + 1 \cdot 5}{(1-\alpha) + 1}.\]

The var(), std(), and cov() functions have a bias argument, specifying whether the result should contain biased or unbiased statistics. For example, if bias=True, ewmvar(x) is calculated as ewmvar(x) = ewma(x**2) - ewma(x)**2; whereas if bias=False (the default), the biased variance statistics are scaled by debiasing factors

\[\frac{\left(\sum_{i=0}^t w_i\right)^2}{\left(\sum_{i=0}^t w_i\right)^2 - \sum_{i=0}^t w_i^2}.\]

(For \(w_i = 1\), this reduces to the usual \(N / (N - 1)\) factor, with \(N = t + 1\).) See Weighted Sample Variance for further details.

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