Dataframe – Merge columns from csv and excel file


Hi there stack overflow community,

I have the following dataframe in an excel:

sparte  sparten      status stati       gesellschaft    gesellschaften
10      Krankenvoll     B   beantragt       0          - Allgemein -
11      Reisekranken    A   aktiv         10000        nordinvest
12      Krankenkasse    N   beitragsfrei  M552D        SV SparkassenVersicherung

and the folliwing column for merging in a csv:

   sparten    status    gesellschaft
    10           B          0
    11           A        10000
    12           N        M552D

to merge some columns from an excel and a csv file I’m using the following code:

df1 = pd.read_csv(r'path', sep=',').drop(columns = ['risiko'])
df2 = pd.read_excel(r'path')

df3 = pd.merge(df1,df2[['status','stati']],on='status', how='left').drop(columns = ['status'])
df4 = df3.merge(df2[['sparte','sparten']],on='sparte', how='left').drop(columns = ['sparte'])

It works fine for me, but now i want to me merge the following column:

    df4 = df3.merge(df2[['gesellschaft','gesellschaften']],on='gesellschaft', how='left')

…and it does not work. It merges only the cells with this format M552D, but leaves the cells with numbers untouched. I don’t understand what I’m doing wrong. If I try to put how='right' the merge works, but the other columns disappear.

Maybe someone has an idea what is happening here! Thanks for any hint!


The problem is that the geselschaft column contains only strings in df1 which is loaded with read_csv, because the column is not fully numeric. But in df2 which is loaded with read_excel, it contains a mix of int and string values. And at Pandas level and int and a string cannot be equal.

A possible workaround is to force a string conversion at merge time:

df4 = df3.merge(df2[['gesellschaft','gesellschaften']], left_on='gesellschaft',
  right_on = df2['gesellschaft'].astype('str'), how='left')

Answered By – Serge Ballesta

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