In this tutorial, we will look at how to sort values of a pandas series.

## How to sort a pandas series?

To sort a pandas series, you can use the pandas series `sort_values()`

function. It sorts the series in ascending order by default. You can also specify your preference using the `ascending`

parameter which is `True`

by default. The following is the syntax:

# using pandas series sort_values() s_sorted = s.sort_values(ascending=True)

Here, s is the pandas series you want to sort. The `sort_values()`

function returns a sorted copy of the original series. To modify the original series inplace, pass `inplace=True`

.

## Examples

Let’s look at some examples of sorting a pandas series. First, we’ll create a sample pandas series which we will be using throughout this tutorial.

import pandas as pd # pandas series of Scores of students in a Math Test student_scores = pd.Series(index=['Steve', 'Raj', 'Emma', 'Hasan', 'Chad', 'Kyle'], data=[58, 72, 81, 93, 64, 70], name='Math Score') # display the series print(student_scores)

Output:

Steve 58 Raj 72 Emma 81 Hasan 93 Chad 64 Kyle 70 Name: Math Score, dtype: int64

You can see the values of the series object above. We now have a pandas series containing the scores of six students in a Math class.

### 1. Sort Series in Ascending Order

By default, the pandas series `sort_values()`

function sorts the series in ascending order. Let’s sort the “student_scores” series created above.

# sort the series student_scores_sorted = student_scores.sort_values() # display the sorted series print(student_scores_sorted)

Output:

Steve 58 Chad 64 Kyle 70 Raj 72 Emma 81 Hasan 93 Name: Math Score, dtype: int64

You can see that the returned series is sorted. We can say that between the six students Steve got the lowest score and Hasan the highest.

Note that the sort_values() function returns a sorted copy of the original series. To modify the original series in-place, pass `inplace=True`

to the function.

### 2. Sort Series in Descending Order

To sort the above series in descending order, use the `sort_values()`

function with `ascending=False`

. Let’s now sort the “student_scores” series in descending order.

# sort the series in descending order student_scores_sorted = student_scores.sort_values(ascending=False) # display the sorted series print(student_scores_sorted)

Output:

Hasan 93 Emma 81 Raj 72 Kyle 70 Chad 64 Steve 58 Name: Math Score, dtype: int64

You can see that now the returned series is sorted in descending order. The choice of which order to sort the series in depends on the use-case. For example, a teacher might want to know the top scores in a quiz, in such a case sorting in descending order would be a better solution.

For more on the pandas series sort_values() function, refer to its documentation.

With this, we come to the end of this tutorial. The code examples and results presented in this tutorial have been implemented in a Jupyter Notebook with a python (version 3.8.3) kernel having pandas version 1.0.5

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