In this post I’ll walk through the process of reading in various plain text database files using Pandas, and then joining together the different DataFrames. All my work was done through an IPython notebook. I decided to mess around with the labor statistics database that’s up on Amazon. My end goal was to save all the relevant information into Cassandra for future analysis with PySpark. If the files were bigger, I’d do all the initial loading with PySpark, but they’re pretty small and Pandas has a lot of functionality that’s still missing on the Spark side.