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Grouping Rows In pandas

/* Import modules */
import pandas as pd
/* Example dataframe */
raw_data = {'regiment': ['Nighthawks', 'Nighthawks', 'Nighthawks', 'Nighthawks', 'Dragoons', 'Dragoons', 'Dragoons', 'Dragoons', 'Scouts', 'Scouts', 'Scouts', 'Scouts'], 
        'company': ['1st', '1st', '2nd', '2nd', '1st', '1st', '2nd', '2nd','1st', '1st', '2nd', '2nd'], 
        'name': ['Miller', 'Jacobson', 'Ali', 'Milner', 'Cooze', 'Jacon', 'Ryaner', 'Sone', 'Sloan', 'Piger', 'Riani', 'Ali'], 
        'preTestScore': [4, 24, 31, 2, 3, 4, 24, 31, 2, 3, 2, 3],
        'postTestScore': [25, 94, 57, 62, 70, 25, 94, 57, 62, 70, 62, 70]}
df = pd.DataFrame(raw_data, columns = ['regiment', 'company', 'name', 'preTestScore', 'postTestScore'])
regiment company name preTestScore postTestScore
0 Nighthawks 1st Miller 4 25
1 Nighthawks 1st Jacobson 24 94
2 Nighthawks 2nd Ali 31 57
3 Nighthawks 2nd Milner 2 62
4 Dragoons 1st Cooze 3 70
5 Dragoons 1st Jacon 4 25
6 Dragoons 2nd Ryaner 24 94
7 Dragoons 2nd Sone 31 57
8 Scouts 1st Sloan 2 62
9 Scouts 1st Piger 3 70
10 Scouts 2nd Riani 2 62
11 Scouts 2nd Ali 3 70

/* Create a grouping object. In other words, create an object that
   represents that particular grouping. In this case we group
   pre-test scores by the regiment. */

regiment_preScore = df['preTestScore'].groupby(df['regiment'])
/* Display the mean value of the each regiment's pre-test score */

Dragoons      15.50
Nighthawks    15.25
Scouts         2.50
Name: preTestScore, dtype: float64


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