bdguy bdguy - 3 months ago 430
Scala Question

How do I convert a WrappedArray column in spark dataframe to Strings?

I am trying to convert a column which contains Array[String] to String, but I consistently get this error

org.apache.spark.SparkException: Job aborted due to stage failure: Task 0 in stage 78.0 failed 4 times, most recent failure: Lost task 0.3 in stage 78.0 (TID 1691, ip-******): java.lang.ClassCastException: scala.collection.mutable.WrappedArray$ofRef cannot be cast to [Ljava.lang.String;


Here's the piece of code

val mkString = udf((arrayCol:Array[String])=>arrayCol.mkString(","))
val dfWithString=df.select($"arrayCol").withColumn("arrayString",
mkString($"arrayCol"))

Answer

WrappedArray is not an Array (which is plain old Java Array not a natve Scala collection). You can either change signature to:

import scala.collection.mutable.WrappedArray

(arrayCol: WrappedArray[String]) => arrayCol.mkString(",")

or use one of the supertypes like Seq:

(arrayCol: Seq[String]) => arrayCol.mkString(",")