Lab – Internet Meter Visualization Answers Lab – Internet Meter Visualization (Instructor Version)


  • Part 1: Clean and Analyze Data
  • Part 2: Visualize Data


In this lab, you will learn how to use the pandas library to perform the preliminary steps that are needed before perfoming any data analysis. This includes removing missing values, changing the format of data, and performing preliminary statistical analysis. After cleaning the data, you will use matplotlib for data exploration and visualization.

Required Resources

  • 1 PC with Internet access
  • Raspberry Pi version 2 or higher
  • Python libraries: datetime, csv, subprocess, pandas, numpy
  • Datafiles: data_long.csv

Part 1: Clean and Analyze Data

It is sometimes said that machine learning practitioners spend 80% of their time cleaning data. While this claim is possibly an exaggeration, it is true that data cleaning is a fundamental task, necessary to ensure the success of a machine learning project. As in many other lines of work, the law of ‘garbage in, garbage out’ does apply. It is simply not possible to do meaningful data analysis on dirty data.

Step 1: Clean the data.

Load data from the file rpi_data_compact.csv. This file contains measurements of internet speed, acquired during the lab Internet_Speed_Data_Acquisition. In particular, the focus is on three quantities: ping time (ms), download speed (Mbit/s), and upload speed (Mbit/s).

a) Read data from rpi_data_compact.csv.

Read the ./Data/rpi_data_compact.csv file into a Pandas dataframe called df_compact and inspect the first three rows of this dataframe using df.head.

# Code Cell 1
import pandas as pd
import numpy as np
# Code Cell 2
# Import data from csv file, and visualize the first rows
#df_compact =

b) Remove unwanted columns.

As you may have noticed, the dataframe df_compact has an extra column. Use the command df.drop to remove this column. Look at the Internet_Speed_Data_Acquisition lab for help.

# Code Cell 3
# Remove extra index columns

c) Remove NaNs.

A common issue that affects data quality is the presence of NaN values. These can make data analysis functions abruptly terminate the calculation, throw an error, or produce incorrect results. Typically, NaN values represent a piece of information that should be contained in, but is missing from, the dataset. In this example, NaN values in df_compact may represent measurements where the Internet connection fell, or queries from the Raspberry Pi that the Speedtest.net server failed to answer. The code below finds out how many NaN values are contained in our dataframe.

First, go to http://pandas.pydata.org/pandas-docs/version/0.14.1/index.html and search for isnull in the search box. Lab - Internet Meter Visualization Answers 2

The documentation of the isnull function is a little difficult to understand. Fortunately, the Jupyter interactive interface allows us to call this function and quickly examine its output.

# Code Cell 4
NaNs_in_df = df_compact.isnull()

The outcome of the isnull function is a new data frame that contains a True of False if the corresponding element of the DataFrame is NaN or not. Using the function sum on this DataFrame will automatically convert the values True into 1s and False into 0s.

# Code Cell 5
NaNs_per_column = NaNs_in_df.sum()

The resulting NaN_per_column is a pandas Series object, that can be thought of as a single column of DataFrame (a DataFrame is actually a dict of Series, where the keys are the column names). A Series object contains almost all of the functionalities of a DataFrame. Use the sum function on the Nan_per_column Series and display the outcome.

# Code Cell 6
NaNs_total = NaNs_per_column.sum()

It is possible to concatenate all this instruction in one line, as follows:

# Code Cell 7

Compute the number of missing values as a percentage of all the elements in the dataframe (round the result to the second decimal using numpy.round https://docs.scipy.org/doc/numpy/reference/generated/numpy.round_.html)

Use the pandas function dropna to remove NaN values from df_compact.

# Code Cell 8
NaNs_pct = np.round(df_compact.isnull().sum().sum()/float(len(df_compact)*len(df_compact.columns))*100, decimals = 4)
print('The DataFrame contains : {} NaNs, equal to {} of the measurements'.format(NaNs_total, NaNs_pct)) #EDL : moved parenthesis

The function dropna, if called with only default parameters, removes all the rows of a DataFrame if any of its values is `NaN’.

# Code Cell 9
# Remove NaN values
df_compact_clean = df_compact.dropna()

Compare the length of the values before and after using dropna. Do you notice something odd? Why?

# Code Cell 10

d) Change values format.

The columns for ping, upload, and download in the dataframe df_compact contain numerical values. It is therefore reasonable to expect that they all share one datatype, for example float64. This, however, is not the case, as it can be detected using dtypes:

# Code Cell 11
# Ping and Download are not floats

Use the Python function float() to convert a string value into a into float format.

# Code Cell 12
str_val = '10.56'
float_val = float(str_val)
print(str_val, type(str_val), float_val, type(float_val))

Now convert all the values of the columns ‘Ping (ms)’ and ‘Download (Mbit/s)’ into float. Hint: use apply and lambda. For help, look at the Internet_Speed_Data_Acquisition lab.

# Code Cell 14
# this disables a notebook warning that is not relevant for our use case
pd.options.mode.chained_assignment = None

# Convert Ping and Download to float
#df_compact_clean['Ping (ms)_float'] = ...
#df_compact_clean['Download (Mbit/s)_float'] = ...

#Check that the types have been successfully converted
# ...

Now, remove the original Ping (ms) and Download (Mbit/s) columns, and rename the new Ping (ms)_float and Download (Mbit/s)_float to Ping (ms) and Download (Mbit/s). Use df.drop and df.rename, like in the Internet_Speed_Data_Acquisition lab.

# Code Cell 15
# Remove the original 'Ping (ms)' and 'Download (Mbit/s)' columns

# Rename the new 'Ping (ms) float' and 'Download (Mbit/s) float ' to Ping (ms)' and 'Download (Mbit/s)
# Code Cell 16

Before saving the DataFrame, it makes sense to reposition Upload as the last column. This can be achieved using the reindex function.

# Code Cell 17
df_compact_clean = df_compact_clean.reindex(columns = ['Date', 'Time', 'Ping (ms)','Download (Mbit/s)','Upload (Mbit/s)']);

Now that the dataset is finally clean, store it in a csv file and rename it.

# Code Cell 18
# Let's save the new cleaned dataframe to a csv
df_compact_clean.to_csv('./rpi_data_processed.csv', index=False)

df_clean = df_compact_clean

Step 2: Basic statistics.

New data requires not only cleaning, but also a good deal of getting used to. When you start a data analyis project, it is worthwhile to invest effort in exploring and calculating some basic statistical properties of the data. This entails computing averages, standard deviations, and correlations.

a) Calculate mean and standard deviation using Pandas.

The mean and the standard deviation of all the columns of a DataFrame can be computed using mean() and std() . Look for them in the pandas library documentation and apply them to the df_clean DataFrame

Quote the results as quantity = mean ± standard_deviation. Do not forget to include the units of measurement associated with each quantity.

# Code Cell 19
# Compute mean and std for all the columns of df_compact
# means = ...
# stands = ...

# Place mean and std for each column in a tuple
stats_ping = (means['Ping (ms)'], stands['Ping (ms)'])
stats_download = (means['Download (Mbit/s)'], stands['Download (Mbit/s)'])
stats_upload = (means['Upload (Mbit/s)'], stands['Upload (Mbit/s)'])

# Print the mean value ± the standard deviation, including measuring units
print('Average ping time: {} ± {} ms'.format(stats_ping[0],stats_ping[1]))
print('Average download speed: {} ± {} Mbit/s'.format(*stats_download))
print('Average upload speed: {} ± {} Mbit/s'.format(*stats_upload))

b) Calculate min and max deviation using Pandas.

Search in the pandas library documentation for how to compute the minimum and the maximum values for all the columns in the DataFrame.

# Code Cell 23
# Compute max and min for all the columns of df_compact
mins = df_clean.min()
maxs = df_clean.max()

# Place mean and std for each column in a tuple
mima_ping = (mins['Ping (ms)'], maxs['Ping (ms)'])
mima_download = (mins['Download (Mbit/s)'], maxs['Download (Mbit/s)'])
mima_upload = (mins['Upload (Mbit/s)'], maxs['Upload (Mbit/s)'])

# Print the mean and max values, including measuring units
print('Min ping time: {} ms. Max ping time: {} ms'.format(*mima_ping))
print('Min download speed: {} Mbit/s. Max download speed: {} Mbit/s'.format(*mima_download))
print('Min upload speed: {} Mbit/s. Max upload speed: {} Mbit/s'.format(*mima_upload))

c) Use the pandas describe function.

Execute the following line of code. Notice how much time the pandas library can save you with even a single line of code!

# Code Cell 24

d) Use argmin, argmax and iloc.

Let’s assume you would like to have a computer script that automatically emails status reports to your internet provider. The reports would have to include the date and time corresponding to the minimum internet speed. The temporal information would allow the internet provider to accurately identify the cause behind the slow connection you observed.

Using the pandas argmin and argmax functions, find dates and times corresponding to the longest and shortest ping time, the lowest and highest download speed, and the lowest and highest upload speed.

# Code Cell 25
# Find the min and max ping time
argmin_ping = df_clean['Ping (ms)'].argmin()
argmax_ping = df_clean['Ping (ms)'].argmax()

# Find the min and max download speed
argmin_download = df_clean['Download (Mbit/s)'].argmin()
argmax_download = df_clean['Download (Mbit/s)'].argmax()

# Find the min and max upload speed
argmin_upload = df_clean['Upload (Mbit/s)'].argmin()
argmax_upload = df_clean['Upload (Mbit/s)'].argmax()

The argmin and argmax functions return an index relative to a the Dataframe rows. To access a specific row using this index, use iloc.

# Code Cell 26
# Create a small DataFrame and access its rows using iloc

# A pandas DataFrame can be initialized passing a dict as a parameter to the constructor pd.DataFrame(). 
# The key will represent the column, the values the rows.
df = pd.DataFrame({'field_1': [0,1], 'field_2': [0,2]})
# Code Cell 27
# To access the field_1 of the first row using iloc()

Use the indices computed using argmax and argmin in combination with iloc to visualize the Date and the Time of the maximum/mimimum Ping, Download, and Upload.

# Code Cell 28
#Print the corresponding Date and Time
#print('Ping measure reached minimum on {} at {}'.format(df_clean.loc[..., 
# df_clean.loc[...))

#print('Download measure reached minimum on {} at {}'.format(...

#print('Upload measure reached minimum on ...

#print('Ping measure reached maximum on ...

#print('Download measure reached maximum on ...

#print('Upload measure reached maximum on ...

e) Create a correlation.

It is useful to analyze if the speed of download tends to increase and decrease together with the speed of upload. The reasoning behind this would be that network usage and technical issues ought to affect download and upload equally.

In this scenario, download and upload speeds would be called positively correlated. This means that faster download and upload would typically occur together. This would refer to the general trend, but instances of fast download with slow upload would still be possible.

On the other hand, you may infer that a higher download speed implies a lower upload speed, and vice-versa. In this case, the argument would be that the internet line can only support a limited amount of information being exchanged. Download and upload would then compete, and keep each other ‘in check’.

In this scenario, download and upload speeds would be called negatively correlated. This means that download would typically be faster when upload is slower, and vice-versa. As before, this would refer to a trend, so that simultaneous good download and upload speeds would still be possible.

To complete the picture, the time of ping may be positively or negatively correlated with either upload or download. It is then natural to think of a table, where each quantity is compared with all others. Such tables are well-known mathematical objects, and are dubbed correlation matrices.

Use the pandas function corr to derive the correlation matrix of ping, upload, and download. Store the result in a variable called df_corr.

# Code Cell 29
# Are these variables correlated?
df_corr = df_clean.corr()
# Code Cell 30
corr = df_corr.values
print('Correlation coefficient between ping and download: {}'.format(corr[0, 1]))
print('Correlation coefficient between ping and upload: {}'.format(corr[0, 2]))
print('Correlation coefficient between upload and download: {}'.format(corr[2, 1]))

These numbers answer the questions on the ‘relationship’ between ping, download, and upload. Perfect positive correlation yields a value of +1, whereas perfect negative correlation yields a value of -1. Yet, the correlations between download and ping, and between download and upload are close to zero. Moreover, the correlation between upload and ping is small. This leads to the conclusion that the three quantities are, in fact, mutually uncorrelated.

Part 2: Visualize Data

As the proverb goes, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’. Informative, meaningful, and intuitive graphs play a crucial role in the exploration of data. Plots are useful in the initial stages of a project, and well beyond that. Graphs are a great way to present the results and conclusions of your work in front of an audience.

Python has a comprehensive library for making plots, called Matplotlib. As an additional learning resource, it is certainly worth taking a look at the official Matplotlib documentation, and in particular at the numerous examples.

Step 1: Create a first visualization of the Internet Speed Data.

Visualize the content of the df_clean DataFrame.

a) Import Matplotlib.

# Code Cell 31
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
# The following allows your Jupyter notebook to create plots inside a cell
%matplotlib inline

b) Plot Internet speed stats.

Based on what you learned in the SF_Crime_Data lab, generate a plot containing three lines: 1. ping (ms) as a function of time, 2. upload (Mbit/s) as a function of time, and 3. download (Mbit/s) as a function of time. Use the legend() function to add a legend to your graph, but do not worry about labelling the axes. We will work out how to do that in a later task.

# Code Cell 32
# Initialise figure
fig, ax = plt.subplots(figsize=(10, 5))

# Create x-axis
t = pd.to_datetime(df_clean['Time'])

# Plot three curves of different colors
az.plot(t, df_clean['Ping (ms)'], label='Ping (ms)')

# Insert legend

c) Change the linestyle.

Because ping measurements include large and abrupt variations, they are perhaps better visualized using dots. Within the command ax.plot(…) for diplaying ping data, specify that these measurements are represented as dots. (Most of the code, here, can be recycled from the previous task.)

# Code Cell 33
# Initialise figure
fig, ax = plt.subplots(figsize=(10, 5))

# Plot three curves. Ping data 
# is visualized using dots
t = pd.to_datetime(df_clean['Time'])


# Insert legend

d) Add axis labels.

A plot without axis labels, and perhaps a title, is difficult to understand, as one cannot know for sure which quantities are being depicted. Make the above graph compliant with standard scientific practice by adding axis labels and a title. Specify a fontsize of about 16, so that title and labels are printed nice and clear.

# Code Cell 35
# Initialise figure
fig, ax = plt.subplots(figsize=(10, 5))

# Plot three curves
t = pd.to_datetime(df_clean['Time'])
ax.plot(t, df_clean['Ping (ms)'], 'o', label='Ping (ms)')
ax.plot(t, df_clean['Upload (Mbit/s)'], label='Upload (Mbit/s)')
ax.plot(t, df_clean['Download (Mbit/s)'], label='Download (Mbit/s)')

# Insert legend

# Add axis labels and title

# Change tick size

e) Change the plot theme.

Use the ‘fivethirtyeight’ style context to make the previous graph more visually appealing. To do this, add the row with the with statement to your code, before calling the Matplotlib functions.

# Code Cell 36
# Use a style context
#with ...

# Initialise figure
#fig, ax = 

# Plot ping as a function of time

# Add axis labels and title

# Change tick size

f) Create a Histogram.

A histogram is a graphical representation of the frequency of the values of numerical data. Examine the code below. An additional level of complexity is the use of subplots to display the histograms side-by-side.

# Code Cell 37
with plt.style.context('fivethirtyeight'):

nbins = 100
# Initialize figure
fig, ax = plt.subplots(2, 2, figsize=(10, 10))
ax[0][0].hist(df_clean['Ping (ms)'], nbins)
ax[0][0].set_xlabel('Ping (ms)', fontsize=16)
ax[0][1].hist(df_clean['Upload (Mbit/s)'], nbins)
ax[0][1].set_xlabel('Upload (Mbit/s)', fontsize=16)
ax[1][0].hist(df_clean['Download (Mbit/s)'], nbins)
ax[1][0].set_xlabel('Download (Mbit/s)', fontsize=16)


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