Window functions¶
Velox window functions can be used to compute SQL window functions.
Understanding the window function definition¶
Window functions operate over all the input rows.
Each window function can be thought to operate with an OVER clause that specifies how it is evaluated:
function(args) OVER (
[PARTITION BY expression]
[ORDER BY expression [ASC|DESC]]
[frame]
)
A frame is one of:
{RANGE|ROWS} frame_start
{RANGE|ROWS} BETWEEN frame_start AND frame_end
frame_start and frame_end can be any of:
UNBOUNDED PRECEDING
expression PRECEDING -- only allowed in ROWS mode
CURRENT ROW
expression FOLLOWING -- only allowed in ROWS mode
UNBOUNDED FOLLOWING
More details:
The PARTITION BY fields separate the input rows into different partitions.
This is analogous to how the aggregate functions input is separated into different groups for evaluation. If PARTITION BY fields are not specified, the entire input is treated as a single partition.
The ORDER BY fields determine the order in which input rows are processed by the window function.
If ORDER BY fields are not specified, the ordering is undefined.
The frame clause specifies the sliding window of rows to be processed by the function for a given input row.
A frame can be ROWS type or RANGE type, and it runs from frame_start to frame_end. If frame_end is not specified, a default value of CURRENT ROW is used.
In ROWS mode, CURRENT ROW refers to the current row.
In RANGE mode, CURRENT ROW refers to any peer row of the current row. Rows are peers if they have the same values for the ORDER BY fields. A frame start of CURRENT ROW refers to the first peer row of the current row, while a frame end of CURRENT ROW refers to the last peer row of the current row. If no ORDER BY is specified, all rows are considered peers of the current row.
If no frame is specified, a default frame of RANGE UNBOUNDED PRECEDING is used.
SQL Example¶
Window functions can be used to evaluate the following SQL query. The query ranks orders for each clerk by price:
SELECT orderkey, clerk, totalprice,
rank() OVER (PARTITION BY clerk ORDER BY totalprice DESC) AS rnk
FROM orders ORDER BY clerk, rnk;
Ranking functions¶
- cume_dist() bigint ¶
Returns the cumulative distribution of a value in a group of values. The result is the number of rows preceding or peer with the row in the window ordering of the window partition divided by the total number of rows in the window partition. Thus, any tie values in the ordering will evaluate to the same distribution value.
- dense_rank() bigint ¶
Returns the rank of a value in a group of values. This is similar to rank(), except that tie values do not produce gaps in the sequence.
- ntile(n) bigint ¶
Divides the rows for each window partition into n buckets ranging from 1 to at most n
. Bucket values
will differ by at most 1. If the number of rows in the partition does not divide evenly into the number
of buckets, then the remainder values are distributed one per bucket, starting with the first bucket.
For example, with 6 rows and 4 buckets, the bucket values would be as follows: 1 1 2 2 3 4
- percent_rank() double ¶
Returns the percentage ranking of a value in a group of values. The result is (r - 1) / (n - 1)
where r
is the rank()
of the row and n
is the total number of rows in the window partition.
- rank() bigint ¶
Returns the rank of a value in a group of values. The rank is one plus the number of rows preceding the row that are not peer with the row. Thus, the values in the ordering will produce gaps in the sequence. The ranking is performed for each window partition.
- row_number() bigint ¶
Returns a unique, sequential number for each row, starting with one, according to the ordering of rows within the window partition.
Value functions¶
- nth_value(x, offset) [same as input] ¶
Returns the value at the specified offset from the beginning of the window. Offsets start at 1. The offset can be any scalar expression. If the offset is null or greater than the number of values in the window, null is returned. It is an error for the offset to be zero or negative.
Aggregate functions¶
All aggregate functions can be used as window functions by adding the OVER clause. The aggregate function is computed for each row over the rows within the current row’s window frame.