register_scalar_function {arrow}R Documentation

Register user-defined functions


These functions support calling R code from query engine execution (i.e., a dplyr::mutate() or dplyr::filter() on a Table or Dataset). Use register_scalar_function() attach Arrow input and output types to an R function and make it available for use in the dplyr interface and/or call_function(). Scalar functions are currently the only type of user-defined function supported. In Arrow, scalar functions must be stateless and return output with the same shape (i.e., the same number of rows) as the input.


register_scalar_function(name, fun, in_type, out_type, auto_convert = FALSE)



The function name to be used in the dplyr bindings


An R function or rlang-style lambda expression. The function will be called with a first argument context which is a list() with elements batch_size (the expected length of the output) and output_type (the required DataType of the output) that may be used to ensure that the output has the correct type and length. Subsequent arguments are passed by position as specified by in_types. If auto_convert is TRUE, subsequent arguments are converted to R vectors before being passed to fun and the output is automatically constructed with the expected output type via as_arrow_array().


A DataType of the input type or a schema() for functions with more than one argument. This signature will be used to determine if this function is appropriate for a given set of arguments. If this function is appropriate for more than one signature, pass a list() of the above.


A DataType of the output type or a function accepting a single argument (types), which is a list() of DataTypes. If a function it must return a DataType.


Use TRUE to convert inputs before passing to fun and construct an Array of the correct type from the output. Use this option to write functions of R objects as opposed to functions of Arrow R6 objects.


NULL, invisibly


library(dplyr, warn.conflicts = FALSE)

some_model <- lm(mpg ~ disp + cyl, data = mtcars)
  function(context, disp, cyl) {
    predict(some_model, newdata = data.frame(disp, cyl))
  in_type = schema(disp = float64(), cyl = float64()),
  out_type = float64(),
  auto_convert = TRUE

as_arrow_table(mtcars) %>%
  transmute(mpg, mpg_predicted = mtcars_predict_mpg(disp, cyl)) %>%
  collect() %>%

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