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From "Ashish Thusoo (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HIVE-1397) histogram() UDAF for a numerical column
Date Wed, 09 Jun 2010 22:09:19 GMT


Ashish Thusoo commented on HIVE-1397:


This would be a cool contribution.

> histogram() UDAF for a numerical column
> ---------------------------------------
>                 Key: HIVE-1397
>                 URL:
>             Project: Hadoop Hive
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Query Processor
>    Affects Versions: 0.6.0
>            Reporter: Mayank Lahiri
>            Assignee: Mayank Lahiri
>             Fix For: 0.6.0
> A histogram() UDAF to generate an approximate histogram of a numerical (byte, short,
double, long, etc.) column. The result is returned as a map of (x,y) histogram pairs, and
can be plotted in Gnuplot using impulses (for example). The algorithm is currently adapted
from "A streaming parallel decision tree algorithm" by Ben-Haim and Tom-Tov, JMLR 11 (2010),
and uses space proportional to the number of histogram bins specified. It has no approximation
guarantees, but seems to work well when there is a lot of data and a large number (e.g. 50-100)
of histogram bins specified.
> A typical call might be:
> SELECT histogram(val, 10) FROM some_table;
> where the result would be a histogram with 10 bins, returned as a Hive map object.

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