Tabular data package

The tabledata package provides facilities to load and manipulate data in table formats.

It provides modules to read tables from CSV files and numpy arrays (including plain binary files) and extract or convert columns.

Try it Now!

This example shows how to use tabledata together with matplotlib to visualize trip data from NYC Citibike’s open data.

Note that you can find the completed example here: bikes.vt.

Start by dragging the following modules to the canvas:

  • DownloadFile (from the URL package)
  • CSVFile (under read/csv)
  • TableCell
  • Two ExtractColumn modules
  • StringToDates (under convert/dates)
  • MplLinePlot from the matplotlib package
  • MplFigure from the matplotlib package
  • MplFigureCell from the matplotlib package

Connect the modules as shown in Figure The pipeline for the Bikes example.


The pipeline for the Bikes example

Next Step!

Set the ‘url’ input of DownloadFile to Make sure ‘header_present’ is checked on CSVFile.

Set the ‘column_name’ parameters on both ExtractColumn modules to Date (for the one on the left) and Miles traveled today (midnight to 11:59 pm) (for the one on the right). Alternatively, you can set column_index to 0 and 3.

The workflow is now ready. On execution, you will see a graphical view of the CSV file as a table, and a line plot showing the variations of the total distance traveled daily.


The result in the VisTrails Spreadsheet