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2.3 Adding and Removing Columns (.NET, C#, CSharp, VB, Visual Basic, F#)

The AddColumn() method adds a column to a data frame:

Code Example – C#

var df = new DataFrame();
var col = new DFNumericColumn( "myCol" );
df.AddColumn( col );

NOTE—The AddColumn() method raises a MismatchedSizeException if you attempt to add a column that is not the same length as any existing columns in a data frame.

You can also add all the columns from one data frame to another, optionally copying the data in the columns. For example, assuming df is a data frame, this code adds the columns of df to a new data frame and copies all the column data:

Code Example – C#

var df2 = new DataFrame();
df2.AddColumns( df, true );

Overloads of AddColumn() and AddColumns() accept ADO.NET DataColumn and DataColumnCollection instances, respectively. If the data frame already contains rows of data, you must also pass in a DataRowCollection of the same Count as the number of rows in the data frame.

InsertColumn() inserts a column at a given column index. This code adds a column in the first position:

Code Example – C#

var col = new DFStringColumn( "myCol" );
df.InsertColumn( 0, col );

RemoveColumn() removes the column at a given index:

Code Example – C#

df.RemoveColumn( 3 );

You can also identify a column by name:

Code Example – C#

df.RemoveColumn( "myCol" );

Because column names are not constrained to be unique, this method will remove all columns in the data frame with the given name.

RemoveAllColumns() removes all columns from a data frame, but preserves the existing row keys. RemoveColumns() removes the columns specified in a given subset or slice.

Clear() method removes all columns and rows from a data frame. CleanCols() returns a new data frame containing only those columns in a data frame that do not contain missing values.


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