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From "Mich Talebzadeh" <>
Subject Importing currency figures with currency indicator to Hive from CSV
Date Fri, 15 Jan 2016 15:10:57 GMT



How to do convert a column stored as String in Hive into Decimal if possible.


The excel looks like this


Invoice Number

Payment date










And the file (before bzip2) looks like this on imported directory in Linux

Invoice Number,Payment date,Net,VAT,Total



Once the data inserted from the external table into Hive (as string), looks like below


| t2.invoicenumber  | t2.paymentdate  | <>     |   t2.vat   
|   |


| 360               | 10/02/2014      | ?10,000.00   | ?2000.00    | ?12,000.00   |


Is there any way to resolve this column to decimal format?





Dr Mich Talebzadeh


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