# How to Get the Last N Rows of a Pandas DataFrame

As a data scientist or software engineer, working with data is a crucial part of your job. One of the most common tasks you may encounter when working with data is retrieving the last N rows of a pandas DataFrame. In this blog post, we will explore some ways to accomplish this task using pandas.

## Table of Contents

- What Is a Pandas DataFrame?
- How to Get the Last N Rows of a Pandas DataFrame?
- Common Errors and Solutions
- Conclusion

## What Is a Pandas DataFrame?

Before we delve into the solution, let’s first understand what a pandas DataFrame is. A DataFrame is a two-dimensional labeled data structure with columns of potentially different types. It is similar to a spreadsheet or a SQL table. You can think of it as a dictionary of Series objects, where each Series represents a column of data.

Pandas is a popular data analysis library for Python, which provides powerful data manipulation and analysis capabilities. It is built on top of the NumPy library and provides easy-to-use data structures and data analysis tools.

## How to Get the Last N Rows of a Pandas DataFrame?

Now, let’s get into the main topic of this blog post - retrieving the last N rows of a pandas DataFrame. There are several ways to accomplish this task, but we will focus on the two most commonly used methods.

### Using the tail() Method

The first method to retrieve the last N rows of a pandas DataFrame is to use the tail() method. The tail() method returns the last N rows of a DataFrame. By default, it returns the last 5 rows, but you can pass a parameter to specify the number of rows you want to retrieve. Here’s an example:

```
import pandas as pd
# Create a sample DataFrame
data = {'name': ['John', 'Alice', 'Bob', 'Mary', 'Jane', 'Mark', 'Emma', 'Luke', 'Lucy', 'Tom'],
'age': [25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70],
'city': ['New York', 'Paris', 'Tokyo', 'London', 'San Francisco', 'Sydney', 'Toronto', 'Dubai', 'Moscow', 'Berlin']}
df = pd.DataFrame(data)
# Get the last 3 rows of the DataFrame using tail()
last_n_rows = df.tail(3)
print(last_n_rows)
```

Output:

```
name age city
7 Luke 60 Dubai
8 Lucy 65 Moscow
9 Tom 70 Berlin
```

In the above example, we created a sample DataFrame and used the tail() method to retrieve the last 3 rows of the DataFrame.

### Using Slicing

Another method to retrieve the last N rows of a pandas DataFrame is to use slicing. You can use the slicing notation `df[-N:]`

to retrieve the last N rows of a DataFrame. Here’s an example:

```
import pandas as pd
# Create a sample DataFrame
data = {'name': ['John', 'Alice', 'Bob', 'Mary', 'Jane', 'Mark', 'Emma', 'Luke', 'Lucy', 'Tom'],
'age': [25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70],
'city': ['New York', 'Paris', 'Tokyo', 'London', 'San Francisco', 'Sydney', 'Toronto', 'Dubai', 'Moscow', 'Berlin']}
df = pd.DataFrame(data)
# Get the last 3 rows of the DataFrame using slicing
last_n_rows = df[-3:]
print(last_n_rows)
```

Output:

```
name age city
7 Luke 60 Dubai
8 Lucy 65 Moscow
9 Tom 70 Berlin
```

In the above example, we used slicing notation to retrieve the last 3 rows of the DataFrame.

### Using `iloc`

The `iloc`

function allows index-based selection. You can use it to obtain the last N rows by specifying the range of indices.

```
import pandas as pd
# Create a sample DataFrame
data = {'name': ['John', 'Alice', 'Bob', 'Mary', 'Jane', 'Mark', 'Emma', 'Luke', 'Lucy', 'Tom'],
'age': [25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70],
'city': ['New York', 'Paris', 'Tokyo', 'London', 'San Francisco', 'Sydney', 'Toronto', 'Dubai', 'Moscow', 'Berlin']}
df = pd.DataFrame(data)
# Get the last 3 rows of the DataFrame using iloc
last_n_rows = df.iloc[-3:]
print(last_n_rows)
```

Output:

```
name age city
7 Luke 60 Dubai
8 Lucy 65 Moscow
9 Tom 70 Berlin
```

## Common Errors and Solutions

### Error: “IndexError: index out of range”

This error occurs when the specified N is greater than the number of rows in the DataFrame. To avoid this, ensure that N is within the DataFrame’s size.

### Error: “KeyError: -N”

Negative indexing errors may occur if the DataFrame has fewer than N rows. Double-check the DataFrame size before using negative indices.

## Conclusion

In this blog post, we explored three ways to retrieve the last N rows of a pandas DataFrame. The first method is to use the tail() method, which returns the last N rows of a DataFrame. The second method is to use slicing notation `df[-N:]`

to retrieve the last N rows of a DataFrame. The last method is to use `iloc`

which is similar to the second one. All methods are simple and easy to use, and you can choose the one that suits your needs.

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