ThePrincess ThePrincess - 3 days ago 5
Python Question

PySpark: compute row maximum of the subset of columns and add to an exisiting dataframe

I would like to compute the maximum of a subset of columns for each row and add it as a new column for the existing dataframe.

I managed to do this in very awkward way:

def add_colmax(df,subset_columns,colnm):
calculate the maximum of the selected "subset_columns" from dataframe df for each row,
new column containing row wise maximum is added to dataframe df.

df: dataframe. It must contain subset_columns as subset of columns
colnm: Name of the new column containing row-wise maximum of subset_columns
subset_columns: the subset of columns from w
from pyspark.sql.functions import monotonicallyIncreasingId
from pyspark.sql import Row
def get_max_row_with_None(row):
return float(np.max(row))

df_subset =
rdd = get_max_row_with_None)
df_rowsum =
df_rowsum = df_rowsum.withColumn("id",monotonicallyIncreasingId())
df = df.withColumn("id",monotonicallyIncreasingId())
df = df.join(df_rowsum, ==
return df

This function works as:

rdd1 = sc.parallelize([("foo", 1.0,3.0,None),
("bar", 2.0,2.0,-10),
("baz", 3.3,1.2,10.0)])

df1 = sqlContext.createDataFrame(rdd1, ('v1', 'v2','v3','v4'))
df_new = add_colmax(df1,['v2','v3','v4'],"rowsum")


[Row(v1=u'bar', v2=2.0, v3=2.0, v4=-10, rowsum=2.0),
Row(v1=u'baz', v2=3.3, v3=1.2, v4=None, rowsum=3.3),
Row(v1=u'foo', v2=1.0, v3=3.0, v4=None, rowsum=3.0)]

I think that if I could use user defined functions with withColumn, this can be done much simpler. But I could not figure out how to do it.
Please let me know if you have simpler way to achieve this.
I am using spark 1.6


Let's start with a couple of imports

from pyspark.sql.functions import col, lit, coalesce, greatest

Next define minus infinity literal:

minf = lit(float("-inf"))

Map columns and pass the result to greatest:

rowmax = greatest(*[coalesce(col(x), minf) for x in ['v2','v3','v4']])

Finally withColumn:

df1.withColumn("rowmax", rowmax)

with result:

| v1| v2| v3|  v4|rowmax|
|foo|1.0|3.0|null|   3.0|
|bar|2.0|2.0| -10|   2.0|
|baz|3.3|1.2|null|   3.3|

You can use the same pattern with different row wise operations replacing minf with neutral element. For example:

rowsum = sum([coalesce(col(x), lit(0)) for x in ['v2','v3','v4']])


from operator import mul
from functools import reduce

rowproduct = reduce(
  [coalesce(col(x), lit(1)) for x in ['v2','v3','v4']]

Your own code could be significantly simplified with udf:

from pyspark.sql.types import DoubleType
from pyspark.sql.functions import udf

def get_max_row_with_None_(*cols):
    return float(max(x for x in cols if x is not None))

get_max_row_with_None = udf(get_max_row_with_None_, DoubleType())
df.withColumn("rowmax", get_max_row_with_None('v2','v3','v4'))