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nimblecat
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Extracting PDF tables and appending when some column names are not the same

Hello,

I am trying to expand multiple binaries (PDF tables) in multiple nested folders so the table content from these PDF files are all usable as data points. I've put in a custom function with a sample file but the problem is that not all of these PDF's have the same format although majority of them do contain the same column names. 

 

Here are the challenges:

  1. Col names in each pdf file may be different (majority are the same)
  2. Some col names are repeated (since in the original pdf file, a column may be stored in two cells stacked on top of each other)
  3. The number of columns are different for each pdf file. Some files contain 

 

I want to put in an M query that has a logic as such:

* If column X exists in the table I read from the PDF file, then rename as XX else pass

 

In Python this would look something like:

 

 

 

for table in tables:
    for i in table.columns:
        if i in c.keys():
            mylist.append(c[i])
        else:
            mylist.append(i)

# VARS defined:
table = pd.DataFrame({"Customer Name": [1,2,3,4], "Content": ["s","a","3","4"], "Not exist": ["s","a","3","4"]})
a = ['Content',
 'Filename',
 'Extension',
 'Date accessed',
 'Date modified',
 'Date created',
 'Folder Path',
 'Customer Name',
 'Assumed Eff. Date']
b = ['Content Temp',
 'Filename Temp',
 'Extension Temp',
 'Date accessed Temp',
 'Date modified Temp',
 'Date created Temp',
 'Folder Path Temp',
 'Customer Name Temp',
 'Assumed Eff. Date Temp']
c = dict(zip(a,b))

# CODE
for i in df.columns:
    if i in c.keys():
        mylist.append(c[i])
    else:
        mylist.append(i)
            

 

 

 

 

Is this possible? 

 

Thank you!!

 

 

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v-jingzhang
Community Support
Community Support

Hi @nimblecat 

 

Here is my solution for transforming column names. You can download the pbix at bottom to see details. 

 

TempNameTable

let
    Source = Table.FromRows(Json.Document(Binary.Decompress(Binary.FromText("i45Wcs7PK0nNK1GK1YlWcsvMSc1LzE0Fc1wrgOLFmfl5YJ5zaXFJfm5qkYIfWD4WAA==", BinaryEncoding.Base64), Compression.Deflate)), let _t = ((type nullable text) meta [Serialized.Text = true]) in type table [Name = _t]),
    #"Changed Type" = Table.TransformColumnTypes(Source,{{"Name", type text}}),
    #"Added Custom" = Table.AddColumn(#"Changed Type", "TempName", each [Name] & " Temp")
in
    #"Added Custom"

 

Table

let
    Source = Table.FromRows(Json.Document(Binary.Decompress(Binary.FromText("i45WMlTSUSoG4jSl2FgA", BinaryEncoding.Base64), Compression.Deflate)), let _t = ((type nullable text) meta [Serialized.Text = true]) in type table [#"Customer Name" = _t, Content = _t, #"Not exist" = _t]),
    #"Changed Type" = Table.TransformColumnTypes(Source,{{"Customer Name", Int64.Type}, {"Content", type text}, {"Not exist", type text}}),
    Name1 = TempNameTable[Name],
    Name2 = TempNameTable[TempName],
    ChangeColumnName = Table.TransformColumnNames(#"Changed Type", each if List.Contains(Name1, _) then let _index = List.PositionOf(Name1, _) in Name2{_index} else _)
in
    ChangeColumnName

 

Best Regards,
Community Support Team _ Jing
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v-jingzhang
Community Support
Community Support

Hi @nimblecat 

 

Here is my solution for transforming column names. You can download the pbix at bottom to see details. 

 

TempNameTable

let
    Source = Table.FromRows(Json.Document(Binary.Decompress(Binary.FromText("i45Wcs7PK0nNK1GK1YlWcsvMSc1LzE0Fc1wrgOLFmfl5YJ5zaXFJfm5qkYIfWD4WAA==", BinaryEncoding.Base64), Compression.Deflate)), let _t = ((type nullable text) meta [Serialized.Text = true]) in type table [Name = _t]),
    #"Changed Type" = Table.TransformColumnTypes(Source,{{"Name", type text}}),
    #"Added Custom" = Table.AddColumn(#"Changed Type", "TempName", each [Name] & " Temp")
in
    #"Added Custom"

 

Table

let
    Source = Table.FromRows(Json.Document(Binary.Decompress(Binary.FromText("i45WMlTSUSoG4jSl2FgA", BinaryEncoding.Base64), Compression.Deflate)), let _t = ((type nullable text) meta [Serialized.Text = true]) in type table [#"Customer Name" = _t, Content = _t, #"Not exist" = _t]),
    #"Changed Type" = Table.TransformColumnTypes(Source,{{"Customer Name", Int64.Type}, {"Content", type text}, {"Not exist", type text}}),
    Name1 = TempNameTable[Name],
    Name2 = TempNameTable[TempName],
    ChangeColumnName = Table.TransformColumnNames(#"Changed Type", each if List.Contains(Name1, _) then let _index = List.PositionOf(Name1, _) in Name2{_index} else _)
in
    ChangeColumnName

 

Best Regards,
Community Support Team _ Jing
If this post helps, please Accept it as Solution to help other members find it.

Thank you! Very helpful!

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