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How to connect to in-memory data in a Pandas dataframe

This guide will help you connect to your data that is an in-memory Pandas dataframe. This will allow you to validate and explore your data.

Prerequisites: This how-to guide assumes you have:
  • Completed the Getting Started Tutorial
  • Have a working installation of Great Expectations
  • Have access to data in a Pandas dataframe


1. Choose how to run the code in this guide#

Get an environment to run the code in this guide. Please choose an option below.

If you use the Great Expectations CLI, run this command to automatically generate a pre-configured Jupyter Notebook. Then you can follow along in the YAML-based workflow below:

great_expectations --v3-api datasource new

2. Instantiate your project's DataContext#

Import these necessary packages and modules.

import pandas as pdfrom ruamel import yaml
import great_expectations as gefrom great_expectations.core.batch import RuntimeBatchRequest

Load your DataContext into memory using the get_context() method.

context = ge.get_context()

3. Configure your Datasource#

Using this example configuration we configure a RuntimeDataConnector as part of our Datasource, which will take in our in-memory frame.:

datasource_yaml = f"""name: example_datasourceclass_name: Datasourcemodule_name: great_expectations.datasourceexecution_engine:  module_name: great_expectations.execution_engine  class_name: PandasExecutionEnginedata_connectors:    default_runtime_data_connector_name:        class_name: RuntimeDataConnector        batch_identifiers:            - default_identifier_name"""

Run this code to test your configuration.


Note: Since the Datasource does not have data passed-in until later, the output will show that no data_asset_names are currently available. This is to be expected.

4. Save the Datasource configuration to your DataContext#

Save the configuration into your DataContext by using the add_datasource() function.


6. Test your new Datasource#

Verify your new Datasource by loading data from it into a Validator using a RuntimeBatchRequest.

The dataframe we are using in this example looks like the following

Please feel free to substitute your data.

df = pd.DataFrame([[1, 2, 3], [4, 5, 6], [7, 8, 9]], columns=["a", "b", "c"])

Add the variable containing your dataframe (df in this example) to the batch_data key under runtime_parameters in your RuntimeBatchRequest.

batch_request = RuntimeBatchRequest(    datasource_name="example_datasource",    data_connector_name="default_runtime_data_connector_name",    data_asset_name="<YOUR_MEANINGFUL_NAME>",  # This can be anything that identifies this data_asset for you    runtime_parameters={"batch_data": df},  # df is your dataframe    batch_identifiers={"default_identifier_name": "default_identifier"},)

Then load data into the Validator.

context.create_expectation_suite(    expectation_suite_name="test_suite", overwrite_existing=True)validator = context.get_validator(    batch_request=batch_request, expectation_suite_name="test_suite")print(validator.head())

πŸš€πŸš€ Congratulations! πŸš€πŸš€ You successfully connected Great Expectations with your data.

Additional Notes#

To view the full scripts used in this page, see them on GitHub:

Next Steps#

Now that you've connected to your data, you'll want to work on these core skills: