Python Pandas merge only certain columns
Is it possible to only merge some columns? I have a DataFrame df1 with columns x, y, z, and df2 with columns x, a ,b, c, d, e, f, etc.
I want to merge the two DataFrames on x, but I only want to merge columns df2.a, df2.b - not the entire DataFrame.
The result would be a DataFrame with x, y, z, a, b.
I could merge then delete the unwanted columns, but it seems like there is a better method.
You could merge the sub-DataFrame (with just those columns):
df2[list('xab')] # df2 but only with columns x, a, and b df1.merge(df2[list('xab')])