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When importing data using an import job or a file upload, you can partition your data using date parameters. When this data is loaded into a workbook, you can choose to run your calculations on all or on just a part of your data. Also if you decide to export data, you can choose to export all or just a part of your data.

If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 or 8, these versions don't support Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG). When using partitions in a workbook or when exporting a partition, the simple partition filter isn't available - only the time window and advanced partition filter are available. Refer to Supported Browsers for alternate web browsers.

Partitioning Data During Import Jobs and File Uploads

To use partitions you must first configure your data within an import jobdata link, or a file upload. When configuring your job, take into account that the record sample size is per partition. Multiple partitions in combination with large sample sizes may lead to performance issues.

Simple partition filter

On the define fields step when importing your data, you can choose to partition your data. Currently, Datameer only supports time-based partitions.

Here you can choose a column that contains a date. You can also choose which scale to use, so you can concentrate on only periods of years, months, weeks, etc.

Advanced partition filter

With the advanced tab, you can enter a formula to represent the partitions. This especially useful when you don't have one column containing dates, rather the date is split into more than one column.

ASDATE(CONCAT(#Year;"-";#Month;"-";#Day;" ";#Hour;":";#Minute;":";#Second);"yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss")

To create partitions when linking data:

  1. Create a new data link or choose to edit a current data link.
  2. Go to the Data Details section.
  3. Enter the path for the files or folders and include the %pattern% to where the files are located. 

    The %pattern% specifies a folder structure and defines which files from the included folders should be included in the data link partition. This feature can't be used on direct file names.

    For example, instead of using /data/archive/newsvine/Newsvine_Users_20140104.txt, use newsvine/%pattern% when the path prefix is set to /data/archive.

    More examples:

    (tick) /Users/MattSmith/Desktop/Geo_coords/%pattern%/geodata.csv

    (error) /Users/MattSmith/Desktop/Geo_coords/%pattern%.csv)

    You can also include a / character to be able to distinguish different folder names for the different components of the date partition. Additionally, a fixed character set can be included inside ' (single quotes).



    becomes File or Folder value: user/database/date=%pattern%/*

    Partition field: yyyyMMdd

    For a particular folder structure:


    becomes File or Folder value: user/database/db_date_yr=%pattern%/*

    Partition field: yyyy/'db_date_mo='MM

    Or File or Folder value: user/database/%pattern%/*

    Partition field: 'db_date_yr='yyyy/'db_date_mo='MM

    To partition all files in a single folder and the file names contains the metadata:


    File or Folder value: /user/database/data-%pattern%-version*.csv
    Partition field: yyyy''MM''dd

  4. Scroll down to time based partitions and select the ON setting.
  5. In the Partition Pattern box enter a date format expression like 'yyyy/MM/dd/HH/mm/SS' which will replaces the %pattern% placeholder in the file path. In the above example, you would use 'Newsvine_Users_'yyyMMdd'.txt'.

    Keep the following points in mind when determining granularity:

      • The selected granularity of a partition can affect the performance of downstream workbooks.
      • If the defined partitions contain few records, job performance might be slow in downstream workbooks.
      • Using a granularity of minutes or seconds could cause the simple partition filter to be unreadable. Datameer recommends only using these partition granularities with the time window and advanced partition filter.
      • Using a granularity of minutes or seconds isn't available for import jobs.
  6. Click Next when you have finished and save the file.

Using Partitioned Data in Workbooks

After partitioning your data during an import or file upload, open this data in a workbook. (See Working with Workbooks for more details.)

Static and dynamic partitions

Static - The partition parameters have a set value(s) that don't change.

Dynamic - The partition parameters have the ability to change the partition values.

The simple and time window partition filters offer static parameters. The advanced filter offers the ability to create dynamic parameters.

Simple partition filter

When you first load your partitioned data into a workbook, you see a sunburst graph representation of the partitions in your data. You must first select which partition or partitions to use before you can work with your data.

This sunburst graph shows the different periods of time in your data. In this example the outside ring represents days, the next ring represents months and so on. You can choose a ring by clicking. By double-clicking you can zoom in. You can also select a range of partitions by holding down SHIFT and clicking. Select all the partitions by clicking Select All in the bottom right corner.  

Advanced partition filter

There is also an advanced partition filter. Here just enter a formula to signify which partition should be returned.

Here is an example of a formula returning the partitions representing the past seven days along with the partition for today:

 $partition > TODAY()-7d && $partition <= TODAY()

This formula doesn't respect daylight saving changes, as a day can possibly have 23 or 25 hours.

Here is an example of a formula returning the partitions representing the past seven days along with the partition for today which respect daylight saving time:

 $partition > ADDTODATE(TODAY();"-7d") && $partition <= TODAY()

And an example of a formula returning the partitions representing yesterday which respect daylight saving:

 $partition == ADDTODATE(TODAY();"-1d")

To catch the last seven days of the previous month in a workbook, use a formula that respects daylight saving tim:


Understanding the $partition variable for different partition resolutions

When a partition is created in Datameer for an import job or data link, there are four different partition resolutions that can be configured: YEAR, MONTH, DAY, or HOUR. The $partition variable is <date type> object in Datameer. This variable is set to the start of the partition window. Depending on the resolution of the partitions, the $partition variable takes on different date field type values. 

For example, suppose that Apache log data is being imported from July 4, 2014 22:00:00 until July 4, 2014 22:59:59. The following table describes how an import job partitions data for each possible resolution. Additionally it describes what the corresponding $partition variable is for this data set:

Partition resolutionPartition range (inclusive)$partition variable value
YEARJanuary 1, 2014 00:00:00 - December 31, 2014 23:59:59January 1, 2014 00:00:00
MONTHJuly 1, 2014 00:00:00 - July 31, 2014 23:59:59July 1, 2014 00:00:00
DAYJuly 4, 2014 00:00:00 - July 4, 2014 23:59:59July 4, 2014 00:00:00
HOURJuly 4, 2014 22:00:00 - July 4, 2014 22:59:59July 4, 2014 22:00:00

The $lastpartition variable

Another variable is available for use when defining an advanced filter for partitions in a workbook. This variable, $latestpartition, represents the most recent partition that contains data. 

$partition == $latestpartition

Exporting Partitioned Data

It is also possible to export only the desired partition or partitions during export.

Simple partition filter

During export you can choose to export only certain partitions.

The simple table has drop-down menus so you can select the column name that is partitioned and the time format how to partition the data.

Advanced partition filter

There is also an advanced partition filter. Here just enter a formula to signify which partition should be exported.

Here is an example formula showing how to export data from 15 Sep 2010 between 5:00 AM and 8:00 AM:

$partition > ASDATE (2010-09-15 05:00;yyyy-MM-dd hh:mm) && $partition <= ASDATE (2010-09-15 08:00;yyyy-MM-dd hh:mm)


After a partition has been set up it might be necessary to change the partition's resolution. You can change the resolution for import jobs and file uploads. Changing the resolution requires a few simple steps.

  1. Highlight and right-click the partitioned import job or file upload and click Edit.
  2. Click Next until you reach Define Fields.
  3. Under Time-based partitions you can then change the resolution, as you would upon initial import.
  4. After choosing the desired resolution, click Next until you reach the final screen and save the repartitioning.

The repartitioning process runs automatically and as long as the resolution is more fine, all workbooks are updated automatically. If the resolution has become less fine, then you are prompted to choose partitions again when opening an existing workbook.

If a running repartitioning is aborted, just process the import job or file upload again. As long as the job configuration has been saved, then you need to restart the repartitioning job.

Repartitioning and migration job

If you are repartitioning data from a migration job, it can affect resources on your cluster and use extra disk space. The repartitioning leaves the existing data alone until the migration job is finished and housekeeping executes. The data takes up at least twice of what it currently does after the migration has run and housekeeping hasn't. Datameer's partitioning logic always performs dynamic-based partitioning and needs to read the records to write the partition files. Datameer regenerates the samples, so there is a separate sample per partition, which requires Datameer to read through the data. If you have a yearly migration job, you can make it run faster by partitioning by smaller amounts of time, such as a month or a day so more tasks can be run in parallel.

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