Often you may be interested in calculating the sum of one or more columns in a pandas DataFrame. Fortunately you can do this easily in pandas using the sum() function.

This tutorial shows several examples of how to use this function.

**Example 1: Find the Sum of a Single Column**

Suppose we have the following pandas DataFrame:

import pandas as pd import numpy as np #create DataFrame df = pd.DataFrame({'rating': [90, 85, 82, 88, 94, 90, 76, 75, 87, 86], 'points': [25, 20, 14, 16, 27, 20, 12, 15, 14, 19], 'assists': [5, 7, 7, 8, 5, 7, 6, 9, 9, 5], 'rebounds': [np.nan, 8, 10, 6, 6, 9, 6, 10, 10, 7]}) #view DataFrame df rating points assists rebounds 0 90 25 5 NaN 1 85 20 7 8 2 82 14 7 10 3 88 16 8 6 4 94 27 5 6 5 90 20 7 9 6 76 12 6 6 7 75 15 9 10 8 87 14 9 10 9 86 19 5 7

We can find the sum of the column titled “points” by using the following syntax:

df['points'].sum() 182

The sum() function will also exclude NA’s by default. For example, if we find the sum of the “rebounds” column, the first value of “NaN” will simply be excluded from the calculation:

df['rebounds'].sum() 72.0

**Example 2: Find the Sum of Multiple Columns**

We can find the sum of multiple columns by using the following syntax:

#find sum of points and rebounds columns df[['rebounds', 'points']].sum() rebounds 72.0 points 182.0 dtype: float64

**Example 3: Find the Sum of All Columns**

We can find also find the sum of all columns by using the following syntax:

#find sum of all columns in DataFrame df.sum() rating 853.0 points 182.0 assists 68.0 rebounds 72.0 dtype: float64

For columns that are not numeric, the sum() function will simply not calculate the sum of those columns.

*You can find the complete documentation for the sum() function here.*