BigQuery using Python and SQL

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Here is the basic steps to use SQL and Python in BigQuery.

Step 1:

# import package with helper functions
import bq_helper

# create a helper object for this dataset
accidents = bq_helper.BigQueryHelper(active_project="bigquery-public-data",

Step 2:

-- query to find out the number of accidents which
-- happen on each day of the week
query = """SELECT COUNT(consecutive_number),
                  EXTRACT(DAYOFWEEK FROM timestamp_of_crash)
            FROM `bigquery-public-data.nhtsa_traffic_fatalities.accident_2015`
            GROUP BY EXTRACT(DAYOFWEEK FROM timestamp_of_crash)
            ORDER BY COUNT(consecutive_number) DESC

Step 3:

# the query_to_pandas_safe method will cancel the query if
# it would use too much of your quota, with the limit set
# to 1 GB by default
accidents_by_day = accidents.query_to_pandas_safe(query)
# accidents_by_day = accidents.query_to_pandas_safe(query, max_gb_scanned=6) # 6G Memory

Step extra:

# library for plotting
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

# make a plot to show that our data is, actually, sorted:
plt.title("Number of Accidents by Rank of Day \n (Most to least dangerous)")

Note: The source code comes from my SQL Scavenger Hunt: Day 3

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