class Exploder(path_to_array='included', exploded_elem_name='elem', drop_rows_with_empty_array=True)[source]

Bases: spooq2.transformer.transformer.Transformer

Explodes an array within a DataFrame and drops the column containing the source array.


>>> transformer = Exploder(
>>>     path_to_array="attributes.friends",
>>>     exploded_elem_name="friend",
>>> )
  • path_to_array (str, (Defaults to ‘included’)) – Defines the Column Name / Path to the Array. Dropping nested columns is not supported. Although, you can still explode them.
  • exploded_elem_name (str, (Defaults to ‘elem’)) – Defines the column name the exploded column will get. This is important to know how to access the Field afterwards. Writing nested columns is not supported. The output column has to be first level.
  • drop_rows_with_empty_array (bool, (Defaults to True)) – By default Spark (and Spooq) drops rows which don’t have any elements in the array which is being exploded. To work-around this, set drop_rows_with_empty_array to False.


Support for nested column:

PySpark cannot drop a field within a struct. This means the specific field can be referenced and therefore exploded, but not dropped.
If you (re)name a column in the dot notation, is creates a first level column, just with a dot its name. To create a struct with the column as a field you have to redefine the structure or use a UDF.


The explode() or explode_outer() methods of Spark are used internally, depending on the drop_rows_with_empty_array parameter.


The size of the resulting DataFrame is not guaranteed to be equal to the Input DataFrame!


Performs a transformation on a DataFrame.

Parameters:input_df (pyspark.sql.DataFrame) – Input DataFrame
Returns:Transformed DataFrame.
Return type:pyspark.sql.DataFrame


This method does only take the Input DataFrame as a parameters. All other needed parameters are defined in the initialization of the Transformator Object.