Split to Columns

The SPLIT-TO-COLUMNS directive splits a column based on a regular expression into multiple columns.


split-to-columns <column> <regex>

The <column> is split into one or more columns around matches of the specified regular expression <regex>.

Usage Notes

The SPLIT-TO-COLUMNS directive takes a column, applies the regular expression separator, and then creates multiple columns from the split. The name of the columns are in the format:

  "column": "...",
  "column_1": "...",
  "column_2": "...",
  "column_3": "...",
  "column_n": "..."

Regular expressions allows the use of complex search patterns when splitting the data in the column. It supports standard Java regular expression constructs.

The original column, when it is split into columns, generates new columns for the record. column_1, column_2, through to column_n are the new columns that contain the n parts of the split generated from applying this directive.

Note: This directive can only operate on columns of type string.


If we have a <separator> pattern of , (a comma) over the string:

This will be split 1,This will be split 2,This will be split 3,Split 4

This will generate four new columns:

  "1": "This will be split 1",
  "2": "This will be split 2",
  "3": "This will be split 3",
  "4": "Split 4"

Using this record as an example:

  "id": 1,
  "codes": "USD|AUD|AMD|XCD"

Applying this directive:

split-to-columns codes \|

Note: A backslash is required to escape the pipe character (|) as it is an optional separator in a regex pattern.

This would result in four columns being generated, with each split value being assigned to the column codes:

  "id": 1,
  "codes": "USD|AUD|AMD|XCD",
  "codes_1": "USD",
  "codes_2": "AUD",
  "codes_3": "AMD",
  "codes_4": "XCD"