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A dotpath is a notation to reference elements of a JSON object. It includes the ability to traverse nested arrays. The root of a is a leading dot. A dot is typed as a period (i.e. “.”). Given the following the dot path to the “name” field would be “.name”.

    {"name":"Jane Doe"}

The dotpath .name would return the value “Jane Doe”.


Arrays are designated with square brackets (e.g. [0] would reference the first element of an array, arrays are number from zero).

    ["one", "two", "three"]

The dotpath of [0] would correspond to the value “one”, [1] would correspond to the value “two” and [2] would refer to the value “three”. If you wish to include all the elements of an array you would use [:]. This would return the full array. Likewise if you need the second until end of the array you would get the values with [2:]. Finally if you only wanted the first and second element you could refer to it with the dotpath [0:1].

Putting it all together.

Often you have more complex objects including some level of nesting. Element(s) can be reference by combine the dotpaths into more complex expressions.

        "title": "Introducing dataset",
            {"given_name":"Tom", "family_name":"Morrell"},
            {"given_name":"Robert","family_name": "Doiel"}

You would reference the title with .title, the first author’s family name with .authors[0].family_name or get an array of authors family names with .authors[:].fmaily_name.

Related topics: export-csv, frame, import-csv