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Python Faker

An Introduction to Faker

Python provides an open-source library, also known as Faker that helps the user build their Dataset. We can generate random data using random attributes such as Name, Age, Location, and many more. The Faker library supports all central locations and languages beneficial to generate data relied on the locality.

We can utilize this Faker data in order to tune models of machine learning, stress test a model, and many more. We can generate data depending on our requirements. We can also use Faker data for training and learning purposes, such as we can perform various operations on various types of data types.

We can also use the generated datasets for the purpose of tuning the model of machine learning, validating the model and testing the model.

In the following tutorial, we will understand Faker and its functions and create our very own Dataset.

Let us begin with the implementation of the Faker library.

Implementation of Faker Library

Before we start working on the faker, it is necessary for us to install the library. We can do it by using the pip installer in the command prompt or terminal as shown below:

Syntax:

Importing necessary libraries

In order to discover various functions of the faker library, we must import the faker library. We are also importing the pandas library since we will perform few operations on the Dataset.

Syntax:

Using various functions

Once we are done importing the required library, let us try using various functions available in the Faker library. In order to perform such activity, we have to initiate the Faker function with the help of a variable as shown below:

Syntax:

Some of the functions, we are going to use are listed below:

Syntax:

Let us consider an example demonstrating the working of these functions:

Example:

Output:

Your Name:  Teresa Hill
Your Date of Birth:  1950-03-12
Your Address:  430 Bauer Turnpike Suite 931
Annaton, OR 12319
Your Country:  Angola
Your E-mail Address:  christy34@yahoo.com

Explanation:

In the above example, we have imported the required libraries and defined a variable for the Faker() module. We have then used some functions like name, date_of_birth, address, country, and email to generate some fake datasets. This generated dataset is so random that we will get a different dataset as an output every time we execute the code.

We can also generate information as per different localities and regions in different languages. All we have to do is to mention the language we want. Let us consider the following example where we have generated some data in the languages like Hindi, French, and Japanese.

Example:

Output:

Thomas Schneider
?????? ??????
?? ??
Lucas Poulain
????? ??????
Aurélie Merle-Menard
?? ??
????????, ??????
Stéphane Lefebvre-Alves
????? ?????

Explanation:

In the above example, we have again defined the required libraries and defined a variable for the Faker() module where we have provided some languages as the parameters. We have then used the 'for' statement to print the different generated names for the specified number of times. As a result, the program has generated ten different names of different languages for the users.

We can also generate our own texts or sentences using the functions like text and sentences.

Let us consider the following example to understand how these functions work.

Example:

Output:

Text:  Size plant task we through score name. Whose learn drop ground.
Option entire some surface seek film involve. Billion body really common decade man. Worker foreign your then likely beat.
Sentence:  Project star plant she energy them leave.

Explanation:

In the above example, we have again imported the required modules and defined a variable for the Faker() module. We have then used the text and sentence functions to create our own sentences and printed them for the users. As a result, we have created our own sentences successfully.

However, we can also define a word library that stores a list of words that allows us to generate new fake sentences using those specified words. Let us consider the following example for generating fake sentences.

Example:

Output:

Sentence:  Cow is domestic domestic domestic animal animal.

Explanation:

In the above example, we have again imported the required libraries and defined the Faker() module variable. We have defined a list of words and used the sentence() function to create a sentence using the word library we created. As a result, the fake sentence has been generated using the words in the list.

Moreover, the Faker() module also provides a function to generate the complete profiles for different non-existing persons rather than generating names and addresses separately. This function is known as the profile function, and it generates a fake profile of a person.

Let us consider the following example to understand the behavior of this function.

Example:

Output:

Complete Profile:  {'job': 'Minerals surveyor', 'company': 'Nichols and Sons', 'ssn': '715-16-7081', 'residence': '550 Moore Locks\nSouth Andrea, SD 94842', 'current_location': (Decimal('-78.730969'), Decimal('-151.109875')), 'blood_group': 'B+', 'website': ['https://www.smith-avila.com/', 'http://bennett-scott.com/', 'https://www.nguyen.com/'], 'username': 'joseph04', 'name': 'Toni Martin', 'sex': 'F', 'address': '29676 Mann Rapid\nWilkinsonbury, MN 35916', 'mail': 'jwallace@yahoo.com', 'birthdate': datetime.date(2016, 10, 1)}

Explanation:

In the above example, we have again imported the required libraries and defined the variable. We have then used the profile function to generate the fake profile of a person and printed it for the users.

Now, let us create a fake dataset with the help of the faker library.

Creating a Fake dataset using the faker library

Since we have discovered most of the functions and have already worked on the profile function in the previous section, let us try generating a dataset containing the fake profiles of 20 unique people. In order to store these profiles into a data frame, we will be using the pandas library too.

Example:

Output:

                                              job                    company  ...                       mail   birthdate
0                         Housing manager/officer                  Cross LLC  ...  robinsonroger@hotmail.com  1983-03-26
1                       Learning disability nurse            Bennett-Sellers  ...      fordjeffrey@gmail.com  1923-04-14
2                           Agricultural engineer                Patrick PLC  ...     franciskayla@gmail.com  1941-01-13
3              Research scientist (life sciences)    Coleman, Shaw and Owens  ...    tyleramanda@hotmail.com  1927-07-07
4                                   Haematologist           Jefferson-Bailey  ...     gomezbreanna@gmail.com  2001-06-06
5   Chartered legal executive (England and Wales)            Torres-Andersen  ...      xgonzalez@hotmail.com  1956-05-12
6                                    Statistician            Rodriguez-Chung  ...      millersarah@yahoo.com  1955-07-06
7                                Paediatric nurse  Simmons, Acosta and Gates  ...  melissacampos@hotmail.com  1984-02-29
8                             Dispensing optician                  Bauer Inc  ...     amandacook@hotmail.com  1935-03-30
9                  Equality and diversity officer  Martinez, Allen and Davis  ...     reedjennifer@gmail.com  2019-06-28
10                       Secondary school teacher  Greene, Gonzalez and Hill  ...    kellythomas@hotmail.com  1913-10-02
11                                   TEFL teacher             Smith and Sons  ...     justinsnyder@gmail.com  1989-06-17
12              Planning and development surveyor       Smith, Lee and Reyes  ...    sanderstony@hotmail.com  1905-09-05
13                               Product designer   Taylor, Davis and Wilson  ...       perezdavid@yahoo.com  1938-11-27
14                  Development worker, community              Carlson-Evans  ...          david26@gmail.com  1929-03-08
15                    Engineer, building services                 Pham Group  ...   valdezlaurie@hotmail.com  1984-12-31
16                       Therapist, horticultural          Anderson-Gonzalez  ...     georgecolton@yahoo.com  1929-03-16
17       Geographical information systems officer               Burke-Burton  ...          randy36@gmail.com  1997-06-12
18                                 Retail manager               Rivera-Lucas  ...            tcruz@yahoo.com  2016-03-20
19                       Therapeutic radiographer             Holloway Group  ...       oalexander@yahoo.com  2011-02-23

[20 rows x 13 columns]

Explanation:

In the above example, we have again imported the required libraries and defined a variable. We have then defined the data that contains the profiles of 20 people. At last, we have converted this data into data frames and printed it for the users. As a result, the generated dataset stores various attributes such as job, company, locations, email, and a lot more. We can utilize this dataset as per our requirements.






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