Nabegh Nabegh - 2 months ago 15
Scala Question

Spark filter isin doesn't work as expected

val items = List("a", "b", "c")

sqlContext.sql("select c1 from table")
.filter($"c1".isin(items))
.collect
.foreach(println)


The code above throws the following exception.

Exception in thread "main" java.lang.RuntimeException: Unsupported literal type class scala.collection.immutable.$colon$colon List(a, b, c)
at org.apache.spark.sql.catalyst.expressions.Literal$.apply(literals.scala:49)
at org.apache.spark.sql.functions$.lit(functions.scala:89)
at org.apache.spark.sql.Column$$anonfun$isin$1.apply(Column.scala:642)
at org.apache.spark.sql.Column$$anonfun$isin$1.apply(Column.scala:642)
at scala.collection.TraversableLike$$anonfun$map$1.apply(TraversableLike.scala:245)
at scala.collection.TraversableLike$$anonfun$map$1.apply(TraversableLike.scala:245)
at scala.collection.IndexedSeqOptimized$class.foreach(IndexedSeqOptimized.scala:33)
at scala.collection.mutable.WrappedArray.foreach(WrappedArray.scala:35)
at scala.collection.TraversableLike$class.map(TraversableLike.scala:245)
at scala.collection.AbstractTraversable.map(Traversable.scala:104)
at org.apache.spark.sql.Column.isin(Column.scala:642)


Below is my attempt to fix it. It compiles and runs but doesn't return any match. Not sure why.

val items = List("a", "b", "c").mkString("\"","\",\"","\"")

sqlContext.sql("select c1 from table")
.filter($"c1".isin(items))
.collect
.foreach(println)

Answer

According to documentation, isin takes a vararg, not a list. List is actually a confusing name here. You can try converting your List to vararg like this:

val items = List("a", "b", "c")

sqlContext.sql("select c1 from table")
          .filter($"c1".isin(items:_*))
          .collect
          .foreach(println)

Your variant with mkString compiles, because one single String is also a vararg (with number of arguments equal to 1), but it is proably not what you want to achieve.

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