# Transforming Data#

Transformations let you process and modify your dataset. You can compose transformations to express a chain of computations.

Note

Transformations are lazy by default. They aren’t executed until you trigger consumption of the data by iterating over the Dataset, saving the Dataset, or inspecting properties of the Dataset.

This guide shows you how to:

## Transforming rows#

To transform rows, call `map()` or `flat_map()`.

### Transforming rows with map#

If your transformation returns exactly one row for each input row, call `map()`.

```import os
from typing import Any, Dict
import ray

def parse_filename(row: Dict[str, Any]) -> Dict[str, Any]:
row["filename"] = os.path.basename(row["path"])
return row

ds = (
.map(parse_filename)
)
```

Tip

If your transformation is vectorized, call `map_batches()` for better performance. To learn more, see Transforming batches.

### Transforming rows with flat map#

If your transformation returns multiple rows for each input row, call `flat_map()`.

```from typing import Any, Dict, List
import ray

def duplicate_row(row: Dict[str, Any]) -> List[Dict[str, Any]]:
return [row] * 2

print(
ray.data.range(3)
.flat_map(duplicate_row)
.take_all()
)
```
```[{'id': 0}, {'id': 0}, {'id': 1}, {'id': 1}, {'id': 2}, {'id': 2}]
```

## Transforming batches#

If your transformation is vectorized like most NumPy or pandas operations, transforming batches is more performant than transforming rows.

### Choosing between tasks and actors#

To transform batches with tasks, call `map_batches()`. Ray Data uses tasks by default.

```from typing import Dict
import numpy as np
import ray

def increase_brightness(batch: Dict[str, np.ndarray]) -> Dict[str, np.ndarray]:
batch["image"] = np.clip(batch["image"] + 4, 0, 255)
return batch

ds = (
.map_batches(increase_brightness)
)
```

### Transforming batches with actors#

To transform batches with actors, complete these steps:

1. Implement a class. Perform setup in `__init__` and transform data in `__call__`.

2. Create an `ActorPoolStrategy` and configure the number of concurrent workers. Each worker transforms a partition of data.

3. Call `map_batches()` and pass your `ActorPoolStrategy` to `compute`.

```from typing import Dict
import numpy as np
import torch
import ray

class TorchPredictor:

def __init__(self):
self.model = torch.nn.Identity()
self.model.eval()

def __call__(self, batch: Dict[str, np.ndarray]) -> Dict[str, np.ndarray]:
inputs = torch.as_tensor(batch["data"], dtype=torch.float32)
with torch.inference_mode():
batch["output"] = self.model(inputs).detach().numpy()
return batch

ds = (
ray.data.from_numpy(np.ones((32, 100)))
.map_batches(TorchPredictor, compute=ray.data.ActorPoolStrategy(size=2))
)
```
```from typing import Dict
import numpy as np
import torch
import ray

class TorchPredictor:

def __init__(self):
self.model = torch.nn.Identity().cuda()
self.model.eval()

def __call__(self, batch: Dict[str, np.ndarray]) -> Dict[str, np.ndarray]:
inputs = torch.as_tensor(batch["data"], dtype=torch.float32).cuda()
with torch.inference_mode():
batch["output"] = self.model(inputs).detach().cpu().numpy()
return batch

ds = (
ray.data.from_numpy(np.ones((32, 100)))
.map_batches(
TorchPredictor,
# Two workers with one GPU each
compute=ray.data.ActorPoolStrategy(size=2),
# Batch size is required if you're using GPUs.
batch_size=4,
num_gpus=1
)
)
```

### Configuring batch format#

Ray Data represents batches as dicts of NumPy ndarrays or pandas DataFrames. By default, Ray Data represents batches as dicts of NumPy ndarrays.

To configure the batch type, specify `batch_format` in `map_batches()`. You can return either format from your function.

```from typing import Dict
import numpy as np
import ray

def increase_brightness(batch: Dict[str, np.ndarray]) -> Dict[str, np.ndarray]:
batch["image"] = np.clip(batch["image"] + 4, 0, 255)
return batch

ds = (
.map_batches(increase_brightness, batch_format="numpy")
)
```
```import pandas as pd
import ray

def drop_nas(batch: pd.DataFrame) -> pd.DataFrame:
return batch.dropna()

ds = (
.map_batches(drop_nas, batch_format="pandas")
)
```

### Configuring batch size#

Increasing `batch_size` improves the performance of vectorized transformations like NumPy functions and model inference. However, if your batch size is too large, your program might run out of memory. If you encounter an out-of-memory error, decrease your `batch_size`.

Note

The default batch size depends on your resource type. If you’re using CPUs, the default batch size is 4096. If you’re using GPUs, you must specify an explicit batch size.

## Groupby and transforming groups#

To transform groups, call `groupby()` to group rows. Then, call `map_groups()` to transform the groups.

```from typing import Dict
import numpy as np
import ray

items = [
{"image": np.zeros((32, 32, 3)), "label": label}
for _ in range(10) for label in range(100)
]

def normalize_images(group: Dict[str, np.ndarray]) -> Dict[str, np.ndarray]:
group["image"] = (group["image"] - group["image"].mean()) / group["image"].std()
return group

ds = (
ray.data.from_items(items)
.groupby("label")
.map_groups(normalize_images)
)
```
```import pandas as pd
import ray

def normalize_features(group: pd.DataFrame) -> pd.DataFrame:
target = group.drop("target")
group = (group - group.min()) / group.std()
group["target"] = target
return group

ds = (
.groupby("target")
.map_groups(normalize_features)
)
```

## Shuffling rows#

To randomly shuffle all rows, call `random_shuffle()`.

```import ray

ds = (
.random_shuffle()
)
```

Tip

`random_shuffle()` is slow. For better performance, try Iterating over batches with shuffling.

## Repartitioning data#

A `Dataset` operates on a sequence of distributed data blocks. If you want to achieve more fine-grained parallelization, increase the number of blocks by setting a higher `parallelism` at read time.

To change the number of blocks for an existing Dataset, call `Dataset.repartition()`.

```import ray

ds = ray.data.range(10000, parallelism=1000)

# Repartition the data into 100 blocks. Since shuffle=False, Ray Data will minimize
# data movement during this operation by merging adjacent blocks.
ds = ds.repartition(100, shuffle=False).materialize()

# Repartition the data into 200 blocks, and force a full data shuffle.
# This operation will be more expensive
ds = ds.repartition(200, shuffle=True).materialize()
```