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I have used the


to transform some data the output is scipy.sparse.csr.csr_matrix how can I merge it back into my original dataframe along with the other columns?

I tried to use pd.concat but I get

TypeError: cannot concatenate a non-NDFrame object


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Here, A is csr_matrix, you can use .toarray() or .todense() method that produces a numpy matrix, which also works for the DataFrame constructor.

For example:

df = pd.DataFrame(A.toarray())

#You can also use this with pd.concat().

A = csr_matrix([[1, 0, 2], [0, 3, 0]])

  (0, 0)    1

  (0, 2)    2

  (1, 1)    3

<class 'scipy.sparse.csr.csr_matrix'>


   0  1 2

0  1 0  2

1  0 3  0

<class 'pandas.core.frame.DataFrame'>

RangeIndex: 2 entries, 0 to 1

Data columns (total 3 columns):

0    2 non-null int64

1    2 non-null int64

2    2 non-null int64

In pandas version 0.20, sparse data structures are introduced, including the SparseDataFrame.

You can also pass sparse matrices to sklearn to avoid running out of memory when converting back to pandas. You need to convert your data into the sparse format by passing a numpy array to the scipy.sparse.csr_matrix constructor and use scipy.sparse.hstack to combine.

Hope this answer helps.

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