Vector Assembler
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Vector Assembler #

A Transformer which combines a given list of input columns into a vector column. Input columns would be numerical or vectors whose sizes are specified by the {@link #INPUT_SIZES} parameter. Invalid input data with null values or values with wrong sizes would be dealt with according to the strategy specified by the {@link HasHandleInvalid} parameter as follows:

  • keep: If the input column data is null, a vector would be created with the specified size and NaN values. The vector would be used in the assembling process to represent the input column data. If the input column data is a vector, the data would be used in the assembling process even if it has a wrong size.
  • skip: If the input column data is null or a vector with wrong size, the input row would be filtered out and not be sent to downstream operators.
  • error: If the input column data is null or a vector with wrong size, an exception would be thrown.
### Input Columns
Param name Type Default Description
inputCols Number/Vector null Number/Vectors to be assembled.

Output Columns #

Param name Type Default Description
outputCol Vector "output" Assembled vector.

Parameters #

Key Default Type Required Description
inputCols null String[] yes Input column names.
outputCol "output" String no Output column name.
inputSizes null Integer[] yes Sizes of the input elements to be assembled.
handleInvalid "error" String no Strategy to handle invalid entries. Supported values: ‘error’, ‘skip’, ‘keep’.

Examples #

import org.apache.flink.streaming.api.datastream.DataStream;
import org.apache.flink.streaming.api.environment.StreamExecutionEnvironment;
import org.apache.flink.table.api.Table;
import org.apache.flink.types.Row;
import org.apache.flink.util.CloseableIterator;

import java.util.Arrays;

/** Simple program that creates a VectorAssembler instance and uses it for feature engineering. */
public class VectorAssemblerExample {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        StreamExecutionEnvironment env = StreamExecutionEnvironment.getExecutionEnvironment();
        StreamTableEnvironment tEnv = StreamTableEnvironment.create(env);

        // Generates input data.
        DataStream<Row> inputStream =
                                Vectors.dense(2.1, 3.1),
                                Vectors.sparse(5, new int[] {3}, new double[] {1.0})),
                                Vectors.dense(2.1, 3.1),
                                        new int[] {4, 2, 3, 1},
                                        new double[] {4.0, 2.0, 3.0, 1.0})));
        Table inputTable = tEnv.fromDataStream(inputStream).as("vec", "num", "sparseVec");

        // Creates a VectorAssembler object and initializes its parameters.
        VectorAssembler vectorAssembler =
                new VectorAssembler()
                        .setInputCols("vec", "num", "sparseVec")
                        .setInputSizes(2, 1, 5);

        // Uses the VectorAssembler object for feature transformations.
        Table outputTable = vectorAssembler.transform(inputTable)[0];

        // Extracts and displays the results.
        for (CloseableIterator<Row> it = outputTable.execute().collect(); it.hasNext(); ) {
            Row row =;

            Object[] inputValues = new Object[vectorAssembler.getInputCols().length];
            for (int i = 0; i < inputValues.length; i++) {
                inputValues[i] = row.getField(vectorAssembler.getInputCols()[i]);

            Vector outputValue = (Vector) row.getField(vectorAssembler.getOutputCol());

                    "Input Values: %s \tOutput Value: %s\n",
                    Arrays.toString(inputValues), outputValue);

# Simple program that creates a VectorAssembler instance and uses it for feature
# engineering.

from pyflink.common import Types
from pyflink.datastream import StreamExecutionEnvironment
from import Vectors, DenseVectorTypeInfo, SparseVectorTypeInfo
from import VectorAssembler
from pyflink.table import StreamTableEnvironment

# create a new StreamExecutionEnvironment
env = StreamExecutionEnvironment.get_execution_environment()

# create a StreamTableEnvironment
t_env = StreamTableEnvironment.create(env)

# generate input data
input_data_table = t_env.from_data_stream(
        (Vectors.dense(2.1, 3.1),
         Vectors.sparse(5, [3], [1.0])),
        (Vectors.dense(2.1, 3.1),
         Vectors.sparse(5, [1, 2, 3, 4],
                        [1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0])),
            ['vec', 'num', 'sparse_vec'],
            [DenseVectorTypeInfo(), Types.DOUBLE(), SparseVectorTypeInfo()])))

# create a vector assembler object and initialize its parameters
vector_assembler = VectorAssembler() \
    .set_input_cols('vec', 'num', 'sparse_vec') \
    .set_output_col('assembled_vec') \
    .set_input_sizes(2, 1, 5) \

# use the vector assembler for feature engineering
output = vector_assembler.transform(input_data_table)[0]

# extract and display the results
field_names = output.get_schema().get_field_names()
input_values = [None for _ in vector_assembler.get_input_cols()]
for result in t_env.to_data_stream(output).execute_and_collect():
    for i in range(len(vector_assembler.get_input_cols())):
        input_values[i] = result[field_names.index(vector_assembler.get_input_cols()[i])]
    output_value = result[field_names.index(vector_assembler.get_output_col())]
    print('Input Values: ' + str(input_values) + '\tOutput Value: ' + str(output_value))