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Oracle Machine Learning Notebooks are very powerful and allow you to leverage the capabilities of Python combined with the ease of accessing data directly from Oracle Autonomous Database. Oracle provides the oml library which can be used to access and manipulate data. The oml library contains a DataFrame object.

Exception when iterating through oml DataFrame

When trying to iterate through the oml DataFrame in the code below:

import oml
my_oml_df = oml.sync(view='TRANSACTIONS')
for ind in range(len(my_oml_df)):
    print(my_oml_df.loc[ind, 'POS_DATE'])

The following exception will be thrown:

Fail to execute line 5: print(my_oml_df.loc[ind, 'POS_DATE'])
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/tmp/python2948065079680563815/", line 215, in <module>
exec(code, _zcUserQueryNameSpace)
File "<stdin>", line 5, in <module>
AttributeError: 'DataFrame' object has no attribute 'loc'

For those familiar with Pandas DataFrames, the above exception may be confusing. The important point is that oml DataFrame is different from Pandas DataFrame in many ways.

Converting oml DataFrame to Pandas DataFrame

Most of us are very familiar with Pandas DataFrame and need a way to convert to a Pandas DataFrame to do all our normal tasks.

Enter the pull method from the oml library. The pull method creates a local Python object that contains a copy of data referenced by the oml object. In the case of oml.DataFrame, a pd.DataFrame will be created.

Please note the code below will now work because a Pandas DataFrame is used in the for loop.

import oml
import pandas as pd
my_oml_df = oml.sync(view='TRANSACTIONS')
my_pandas_df = my_oml_df.pull()
for ind in range(len(my_pandas_df)):
    print(my_pandas_df.loc[ind, 'POS_DATE'])

So, if you are getting errors like either of the following:

AttributeError: 'DataFrame' object has no attribute 'loc'
AttributeError: 'DataFrame' object has no attribute 'apply'

You are most likely trying to use an oml DataFrame instead of a Pandas DataFrame. The good news is that all you need to do is add the following line:

my_pandas_df = my_oml_df.pull()

Brian Houlihan

Enterprise Consulting Architect

With more than 25 years of extensive experience, Brian Houlihan is a seasoned enterprise architect renowned for his expertise in integrations and the implementation of diverse Cloud platforms. His relentless pursuit of knowledge is evidenced by his recent immersion in artificial intelligence and machine learning.