Creating a Partitioned Output by Specifying a Pattern

In the hands-on lesson, we partitioned the transactions_copy dataset by “day” using information in the purchase_date column.

The specific pattern we used to partition the output dataset is ‘ ‘ %Y-%M-%D/.* ‘ ‘

How does Dataiku DSS use this pattern to partition the output dataset?

When our dataset is stored on the filesystem, Dataiku DSS uses this pattern to write the data on the filesystem connection. Its precision will vary depending on the granularity we use.

To partition the dataset by “Day”, it is necessary to specify a year (%Y), month (%M), and day (%D) pattern, because DSS needs all three pieces of information to identify a single day.

The “/” in the pattern delineates a hierarchy in the directory. For example, the pattern “/%Y/%M/%D/.*” tells DSS to create the tree structure “YEAR/MONTH/DAY/YOUR_DATA”.

DSS then uses this pattern to dispatch the dataset’s underlying files across the appropriate partitions. For example, let’s say our dataset contains the following rows and we’ve asked Dataiku DSS to partition by “Day” of purchase_date using the pattern “%Y-%M-%D/.*”:


To create our partitions using this pattern, DSS will need to create one partition per “Day”. To do this, DSS starts the hierarchy using YEAR–creating as many root values of YEAR as there are distinct years in the data. Then, each root value of YEAR will contain each distinct MONTH value. Finally, each root value of MONTH will contain each distinct DAY value. The result is:


To create a slightly simpler tree structure, you could use the pattern “%Y-%M-%D/.*”. This tells DSS to create the structure: “YEAR-MONTH-DAY/YOUR_DATA”.

With either structure, there will be as many directories as there are distinct days in the data.