How to remove parentheses and all data within using Pandas/Python?

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I have a dataframe where I want to remove all parentheses and stuff inside it.

I checked out :
How can I remove text within parentheses with a regex?

Where the answer to remove the data was

re.sub(r'\([^)]*\)', '', filename)

I tried this as well as

re.sub(r'\(.*?\)', '', filename)

However, I got an error: expected a string or buffer

When I tried using the column df['Column Name'] I got no item named 'Column Name'

I checked the dataframe using df.head() and it showed up as a clean table with the column names as what I wanted them to be….however when I use the re expression to remove the (stuff) it isn’t recognizing the column name that I have.

I normally use

df['name'].str.replace(" ()","") 

However, I want to remove the parentheses and what is inside….How can I do this using either regex or pandas?


Here is the solution I used…thanks for the help!

All['Manufacturer Standard Name'] = All['Manufacturer Standard Name'].str.replace(r"\(.*\)","")


You can’t run re functions directly on pandas objects. You have to loop them for each element inside the object. So Series.str.replace((r"\(.*\)", "") is just syntactic sugar for Series.apply(lambda x: re.sub(r"\(.*\)", "", x)).

If you have multiple (...) substrings in the data you should consider using either

All['Manufacturer Standard Name'] = All['Manufacturer Standard Name'].str.replace(r"\(.*?\)", "", regex=True)


All['Manufacturer Standard Name'] = All['Manufacturer Standard Name'].str.replace(r"\([^()]*\)", "", regex=True)

The difference is that .*? is slower and does not match line breaks, and [^()] matches any char but ( and ) and is quite efficient and matches line breaks. The first one will match (...(...) but the second will only match (...).

If you want to normalize all whitespace after removing these substrings, you may consider

All['Manufacturer Standard Name'] = All['Manufacturer Standard Name'].str.replace(r"\s*\([^()]*\)", "", regex=True).str.strip()

The \s*\([^()]*\) regex will match 0+ whitespaces and then the string between parentheses and then str.stip() will get rid of any potential trailing whitespace.

NOTE on regex=True:

Acc. to Pandas 1.2.0 release notes:

The default value of regex for Series.str.replace() will change from True to False in a future release. In addition, single character regular expressions will not be treated as literal strings when regex=True is set (GH24804).

#removing the unwanted characters

Energy['Country'] = Energy['Country'].str.replace(r" \(.*\)","")


Energy['Country'] = Energy['Country'].str.replace(r"([0-9]+)$","")

this are ways you may also remove the unwanted errors

All the answers above seem great; However, the following links provide a better understanding.

To summarize, to replace a unwanted character, you have to use the pandas.DataFrame.replace function. For instance to remove [] from a dataframe, one can do the following.

import re
p=re.compile('\[]') %% regular expression for matching [] (see reference (a)
result.replace(to_replace=p,value="",inplace=False,regex=True) %%For a dataframe named result, this way one can replace [] with "". see reference (b)

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