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There are a lot of different ways to write MapReduce jobs!!!

Sample code for this post https://github.com/joestein/amaunet

I find streaming scripts a good way to interrogate data sets (especially when I have not worked with them yet or are creating new ones) and enjoy the lifecycle when the initial elaboration of the data sets lead to the construction of the finalized scripts for an entire job (or series of jobs as is often the case).

When doing streaming with Hadoop you do have a few library options.  If you are a Ruby programmer then wukong is awesome! For Python programmers you can use dumbo and more recently released mrjob.

I like working under the hood myself and getting down and dirty with the data and here is how you can too.

Lets start first with defining two simple sample data sets.

Data set 1:  countries.dat


United States|US
United Kingdom|UK

Data set 2: customers.dat


Alice Bob|not bad|US
Sam Sneed|valued|CA
Jon Sneed|valued|CA
Arnold Wesise|not so good|UK
Henry Bob|not bad|US
Yo Yo Ma|not so good|CA
Jon York|valued|CA
Alex Ball|valued|UK
Jim Davis|not so bad|JA

The requirements: you need to find out grouped by type of customer how many of each type are in each country with the name of the country listed in the countries.dat in the final result (and not the 2 digit country name).

To-do this you need to:

1) Join the data sets
2) Key on country
3) Count type of customer per country
4) Output the results

So first lets code up a quick mapper called smplMapper.py (you can decide if smpl is short for simple or sample).

Now in coding the mapper and reducer in Python the basics are explained nicely here http://www.michael-noll.com/tutorials/writing-an-hadoop-mapreduce-program-in-python/ but I am going to dive a bit deeper to tackle our example with some more tactics.

#!/usr/bin/env python
import sys
# input comes from STDIN (standard input)
for line in sys.stdin:
    try: #sometimes bad data can cause errors use this how you like to deal with lint and bad data
        personName = "-1" #default sorted as first
        personType = "-1" #default sorted as first
        countryName = "-1" #default sorted as first
        country2digit = "-1" #default sorted as first
        # remove leading and trailing whitespace
        line = line.strip()
        splits = line.split("|")
        if len(splits) == 2: #country data
            countryName = splits[0]
            country2digit = splits[1]
        else: #people data
            personName = splits[0]
            personType = splits[1]
            country2digit = splits[2]          
        print '%s^%s^%s^%s' % (country2digit,personType,personName,countryName)
    except: #errors are going to make your job fail which you may or may not want

Don’t forget:

chmod a+x smplMapper.py

Great! We just took care of #1 but time to test and see what is going to the reducer.

From the command line run:

cat customers.dat countries.dat|./smplMapper.py|sort

Which will result in:

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CA^not so good^Yo Yo Ma^-1
CA^valued^Jon Sneed^-1
CA^valued^Jon York^-1
CA^valued^Sam Sneed^-1
JA^not so bad^Jim Davis^-1
UK^-1^-1^United Kingdom
UK^not so good^Arnold Wesise^-1
UK^valued^Alex Ball^-1
US^-1^-1^United States
US^not bad^Alice Bob^-1
US^not bad^Henry Bob^-1

Notice how this is sorted so the country is first and the people in that country after it (so we can grab the correct country name as we loop) and with the type of customer also sorted (but within country) so we can properly count the types within the country. =8^)

Let us hold off on #2 for a moment (just hang in there it will all come together soon I promise) and get smplReducer.py working first.

#!/usr/bin/env python
import sys
# maps words to their counts
foundKey = ""
foundValue = ""
isFirst = 1
currentCount = 0
currentCountry2digit = "-1"
currentCountryName = "-1"
isCountryMappingLine = False
# input comes from STDIN
for line in sys.stdin:
    # remove leading and trailing whitespace
    line = line.strip()
        # parse the input we got from mapper.py
        country2digit,personType,personName,countryName = line.split('^')
        #the first line should be a mapping line, otherwise we need to set the currentCountryName to not known
        if personName == "-1": #this is a new country which may or may not have people in it
            currentCountryName = countryName
            currentCountry2digit = country2digit
            isCountryMappingLine = True
            isCountryMappingLine = False # this is a person we want to count
        if not isCountryMappingLine: #we only want to count people but use the country line to get the right name
            #first check to see if the 2digit country info matches up, might be unkown country
            if currentCountry2digit != country2digit:
                currentCountry2digit = country2digit
                currentCountryName = '%s - Unkown Country' % currentCountry2digit
            currentKey = '%s\t%s' % (currentCountryName,personType)
            if foundKey != currentKey: #new combo of keys to count
                if isFirst == 0:
                    print '%s\t%s' % (foundKey,currentCount)
                    currentCount = 0 #reset the count
                    isFirst = 0
                foundKey = currentKey #make the found key what we see so when we loop again can see if we increment or print out
            currentCount += 1 # we increment anything not in the map list
    print '%s\t%s' % (foundKey,currentCount)

Don’t forget:

chmod a+x smplReducer.py

And then run:

cat customers.dat countries.dat|./smplMapper.py|sort|./smplReducer.py

And voila!

Canada  not so good 1
Canada  valued  3
JA - Unkown Country not so bad  1
United Kingdom  not so good 1
United Kingdom  valued  1
United States   not bad 2

So now #3 and #4 are done but what about #2? 

First put the files into Hadoop:

hadoop fs -put ~/mayo/customers.dat .
hadoop fs -put ~/mayo/countries.dat .

And now run it like this (assuming you are running as hadoop in the bin directory):

hadoop jar ../contrib/streaming/hadoop-0.20.1+169.89-streaming.jar -D mapred.reduce.tasks=4 -file ~/mayo/smplMapper.py -mapper smplMapper.py -file ~/mayo/smplReducer.py -reducer smplReducer.py -input customers.dat -input countries.dat -output mayo -partitioner org.apache.hadoop.mapred.lib.KeyFieldBasedPartitioner -jobconf stream.map.output.field.separator=^ -jobconf stream.num.map.output.key.fields=4 -jobconf map.output.key.field.separator=^ -jobconf num.key.fields.for.partition=1

Let us look at what we did:

hadoop fs -cat mayo/part*

Which results in:

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Canada  not so good 1
Canada  valued  3
United Kingdom  not so good 1
United Kingdom  valued  1
United States   not bad 2
JA - Unkown Country not so bad  1

So #2 is the partioner KeyFieldBasedPartitioner explained here further Hadoop Wiki On Streaming which allows the key to be whatever set of columns you output (in our case by country) configurable by the command line options and the rest of the values are sorted within that key and sent to the reducer together by key.

And there you go … Simple Python Scripting Implementing Streaming in Hadoop.  

Grab the tar here and give it a spin.

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