Vector Slicer
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Vector Slicer #

Vector Slicer transforms a vector to a new feature, which is a sub-array of the original feature. It is useful for extracting features from a given vector.

Note that duplicate features are not allowed, so there can be no overlap between selected indices. If the max value of the indices is greater than the size of the input vector, it throws an IllegalArgumentException.

Input Columns #

Param name Type Default Description
inputCol Vector "input" Vector to be sliced.

Output Columns #

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

Parameters #

Key Default Type Required Description
inputCol "input" String no Input column name.
outputCol "output" String no Output column name.
indices null Integer[] yes An array of indices to select features from a vector column.

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;

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

        // Generates input data.
        DataStream<Row> inputStream =
                        Row.of(Vectors.dense(2.1, 3.1, 1.2, 3.1, 4.6)),
                        Row.of(Vectors.dense(1.2, 3.1, 4.6, 2.1, 3.1)));
        Table inputTable = tEnv.fromDataStream(inputStream).as("vec");

        // Creates a VectorSlicer object and initializes its parameters.
        VectorSlicer vectorSlicer =
                new VectorSlicer().setInputCol("vec").setIndices(1, 2, 3).setOutputCol("slicedVec");

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

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

            Vector inputValue = (Vector) row.getField(vectorSlicer.getInputCol());

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

            System.out.printf("Input Value: %s \tOutput Value: %s\n", inputValue, outputValue);

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

from pyflink.common import Types
from pyflink.datastream import StreamExecutionEnvironment
from import Vectors, DenseVectorTypeInfo
from import VectorSlicer
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(
        (1, Vectors.dense(2.1, 3.1, 1.2, 2.1)),
        (2, Vectors.dense(2.3, 2.1, 1.3, 1.2)),
            ['id', 'vec'],
            [Types.INT(), DenseVectorTypeInfo()])))

# create a vector slicer object and initialize its parameters
vector_slicer = VectorSlicer() \
    .set_input_col('vec') \
    .set_indices(1, 2, 3) \

# use the vector slicer model for feature engineering
output = vector_slicer.transform(input_data_table)[0]

# extract and display the results
field_names = output.get_schema().get_field_names()
for result in t_env.to_data_stream(output).execute_and_collect():
    input_value = result[field_names.index(vector_slicer.get_input_col())]
    output_value = result[field_names.index(vector_slicer.get_output_col())]
    print('Input Value: ' + str(input_value) + '\tOutput Value: ' + str(output_value))