A Pandas user-defined function (UDF) – a.k.a. vectorized UDF – is a user-defined function that uses
Apache Arrow to transfer data and Pandas to work with the data. You define a Pandas UDF using the keyword
as a decorator or to wrap the function; no additional configuration is required.
There are three types of Pandas UDFs: scalar, grouped map, and grouped aggregate.
For background information, see the blog post Introducing Pandas UDFs for PySpark.
In this topic:
PyArrow is installed in Databricks Runtime. The available versions are:
- Databricks Runtime 3.4 - 3.5: PyArrow 0.4.1
- Databricks Runtime 4.0 - 5.3: PyArrow 0.8.0
- Databricks Runtime 4.1 ML - 5.2 ML: PyArrow 0.8.0
- Databricks Runtime 5.3 ML: PyArrow 0.12.1
As of Databricks Runtime 5.1 or above, all Spark SQL data types are supported by Arrow-based
BinaryType is supported only when PyArrow is 0.10.0 or above.
You use Scalar UDFs for vectorizing scalar operations. You can
be use them with functions such as
withColumn. The Python
function should take
pandas.Series as an input and return a
pandas.Series of the same length. Internally, Spark executes a
Pandas UDF by splitting columns into batches, calling the function
for each batch as a subset of the data, then concatenating the results.
The following example shows how to create a scalar Pandas UDF that computes the product of 2 columns.
import pandas as pd from pyspark.sql.functions import col, pandas_udf from pyspark.sql.types import LongType # Declare the function and create the UDF def multiply_func(a, b): return a * b multiply = pandas_udf(multiply_func, returnType=LongType()) # The function for a pandas_udf should be able to execute with local Pandas data x = pd.Series([1, 2, 3]) print(multiply_func(x, x)) # 0 1 # 1 4 # 2 9 # dtype: int64 # Create a Spark DataFrame, 'spark' is an existing SparkSession df = spark.createDataFrame(pd.DataFrame(x, columns=["x"])) # Execute function as a Spark vectorized UDF df.select(multiply(col("x"), col("x"))).show() # +-------------------+ # |multiply_func(x, x)| # +-------------------+ # | 1| # | 4| # | 9| # +-------------------+
You use grouped map Pandas UDFs with
implement the “split-apply-combine” pattern. Split-apply-combine
consists of three steps:
- Split the data into groups by using
- Apply a function on each group. The input and output of the function
pandas.DataFrame. The input data contains all the rows and columns for each group.
- Combine the results into a new
groupBy().apply(), you must define the following:
- A Python function that defines the computation for each group
StructTypeobject or a string that defines the schema of the output
The column labels of the returned
pandas.DataFrame must either match
the field names in the defined output schema if specified as strings, or
match the field data types by position if not strings, for example, integer
indices. See pandas.DataFrame for how to label columns when
All data for a group is loaded into memory before the function is applied. This can lead to out of memory exceptions, especially if the group sizes are skewed. The configuration for maxRecordsPerBatch is not applied on groups and it is up to you to ensure that the grouped data will fit into the available memory.
The following example shows how to use
groupby().apply() to subtract
the mean from each value in the group.
from pyspark.sql.functions import pandas_udf, PandasUDFType df = spark.createDataFrame( [(1, 1.0), (1, 2.0), (2, 3.0), (2, 5.0), (2, 10.0)], ("id", "v")) @pandas_udf("id long, v double", PandasUDFType.GROUPED_MAP) def subtract_mean(pdf): # pdf is a pandas.DataFrame v = pdf.v return pdf.assign(v=v - v.mean()) df.groupby("id").apply(subtract_mean).show() # +---+----+ # | id| v| # +---+----+ # | 1|-0.5| # | 1| 0.5| # | 2|-3.0| # | 2|-1.0| # | 2| 4.0| # +---+----+
For detailed usage, see pyspark.sql.GroupedData.apply.
Grouped aggregate Pandas UDFs are similar to Spark aggregate functions.
You use grouped aggregate Pandas UDFs with
pyspark.sql.Window. A grouped aggregate UDF defines an aggregation from one or more
pandas.Series to a scalar value, where each
represents a column within the group or window.
This type of UDF does not support partial aggregation and all data for a group or window is loaded into memory. Also, only unbounded window is supported with grouped aggregate Pandas UDFs.
The following example shows how to use this type of UDF to compute mean
from pyspark.sql.functions import pandas_udf, PandasUDFType from pyspark.sql import Window df = spark.createDataFrame( [(1, 1.0), (1, 2.0), (2, 3.0), (2, 5.0), (2, 10.0)], ("id", "v")) @pandas_udf("double", PandasUDFType.GROUPED_AGG) def mean_udf(v): return v.mean() df.groupby("id").agg(mean_udf(df['v'])).show() # +---+-----------+ # | id|mean_udf(v)| # +---+-----------+ # | 1| 1.5| # | 2| 6.0| # +---+-----------+ w = Window \ .partitionBy('id') \ .rowsBetween(Window.unboundedPreceding, Window.unboundedFollowing) df.withColumn('mean_v', mean_udf(df['v']).over(w)).show() # +---+----+------+ # | id| v|mean_v| # +---+----+------+ # | 1| 1.0| 1.5| # | 1| 2.0| 1.5| # | 2| 3.0| 6.0| # | 2| 5.0| 6.0| # | 2|10.0| 6.0| # +---+----+------+
For detailed usage, see pyspark.sql.functions.pandas_udf.
Data partitions in Spark are converted into Arrow record batches, which
can temporarily lead to high memory usage in the JVM. To avoid possible
out of memory exceptions, the size of the Arrow record batches can be
adjusted by setting the
spark.sql.execution.arrow.maxRecordsPerBatch configuration to an integer that
determines the maximum number of rows for each batch. The default value
is 10,000 records per batch. If the number of columns is large, the
value should be adjusted accordingly. Using this limit, each data
partition is divided into 1 or more record batches for processing.
Spark internally stores timestamps as UTC values, and timestamp data
that is brought in without a specified time zone is converted as local
time to UTC with microsecond resolution. When timestamp data is exported
or displayed in Spark, the session time zone is used to localize the
timestamp values. The session time zone is set with the
spark.sql.session.timeZone configuration and defaults to the JVM system local
time zone if not set. Pandas uses a
datetime64 type with nanosecond
datetime64[ns], with optional time zone on a per-column
When timestamp data is transferred from Spark to Pandas it is
converted to nanoseconds and each column is converted to the Spark
session time zone then localized to that time zone, which removes the
time zone and displays values as local time. This occurs when
pandas_udf with timestamp columns.
When timestamp data is transferred from Pandas to Spark, it is
converted to UTC microseconds. This occurs when calling
createDataFrame with a Pandas DataFrame or when returning a
timestamp from a
pandas_udf. These conversions are done
automatically to ensure Spark has data in the expected format, so
it is not necessary to do any of these conversions yourself. Any
nanosecond values are truncated.
A standard UDF (non-Pandas) loads timestamp data as Python
datetime objects, which is different than a Pandas timestamp. We
recommend that you use Pandas time series functionality when working with
pandas_udfs to get the best performance, see Time Series / Date functionality