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Uwe L. Korn updated ARROW-2428:
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    Labels: beginner  (was: )

> [Python] Support ExtensionArrays in to_pandas conversion
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>
>                 Key: ARROW-2428
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/ARROW-2428
>             Project: Apache Arrow
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Python
>            Reporter: Uwe L. Korn
>            Priority: Major
>              Labels: beginner
>             Fix For: 1.0.0
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> With the next release of Pandas, it will be possible to define custom column 
> types that back a {{pandas.Series}}. Thus we will not be able to cover all 
> possible column types in the {{to_pandas}} conversion by default as we won't 
> be aware of all extension arrays.
> To enable users to create {{ExtensionArray}} instances from Arrow columns in 
> the {{to_pandas}} conversion, we should provide a hook in the {{to_pandas}} 
> call where they can overload the default conversion routines with the ones 
> that produce their {{ExtensionArray}} instances.
> This should avoid additional copies in the case where we would nowadays first 
> convert the Arrow column into a default Pandas column (probably of object 
> type) and the user would afterwards convert it to a more efficient 
> {{ExtensionArray}}. This hook here will be especially useful when you build 
> {{ExtensionArrays}} where the storage is backed by Arrow.
> The meta-issue that tracks the implementation inside of Pandas is: 
> https://github.com/pandas-dev/pandas/issues/19696



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