Additionally there is "uuid" function available as well if that helps your use case.

Akshay Bhardwaj

On Thu, Jun 6, 2019 at 3:18 PM Akshay Bhardwaj <> wrote:
Hi Marcelo,

If you are using spark 2.3+ and dataset API/SparkSQL,you can use this inbuilt function "monotonically_increasing_id" in Spark.
A little tweaking using Spark sql inbuilt functions can enable you to achieve this without having to write code or define RDDs with map/reduce functions.

Akshay Bhardwaj

On Thu, May 30, 2019 at 4:05 AM Marcelo Valle <> wrote:
Hi all, 

I am new to spark and I am trying to write an application using dataframes that normalize data. 

So I have a dataframe `denormalized_cities` with 3 columns:  COUNTRY, CITY, CITY_NICKNAME

Here is what I want to do: 

  1. Map by country, then for each country generate a new ID and write to a new dataframe `countries`, which would have COUNTRY_ID, COUNTRY - country ID would be generated, probably using `monotonically_increasing_id`.
  2. For each country, write several lines on a new dataframe `cities`, which would have COUNTRY_ID, ID, CITY, CITY_NICKNAME. COUNTRY_ID would be the same generated on country table and ID would be another ID I generate. 
What's the best way to do this, hopefully using only dataframes (no low level RDDs) unless it's not possible?

I clearly see a MAP/Reduce process where for each KEY mapped I generate a row in countries table with COUNTRY_ID and for every value I write a row in cities table. But how to implement this in an easy and efficient way? 

I thought about using a `GroupBy Country` and then using `collect` to collect all values for that country, but then I don't know how to generate the country id and I am not sure about memory efficiency of `collect` for a country with too many cities (bare in mind country/city is just an example, my real entities are different).

Could anyone point me to the direction of a good solution?


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