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From Felix Cheung <>
Subject Re: ml word2vec finSynonyms return type
Date Sat, 31 Dec 2016 06:29:41 GMT
Could you link to the JIRA here?

What you suggest makes sense to me. Though we might want to maintain compatibility and add
a new method instead of changing the return type of the existing one.

From: Asher Krim <<>>
Sent: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 11:52 AM
Subject: ml word2vec finSynonyms return type
To: <<>>
Cc: <<>>, Joseph
Bradley <<>>

Hey all,

I would like to propose changing the return type of `findSynonyms` in ml's Word2Vec<>:

def findSynonyms(word: String, num: Int): DataFrame = {
  val spark = SparkSession.builder().getOrCreate()
  spark.createDataFrame(wordVectors.findSynonyms(word, num)).toDF("word", "similarity")

I find it very strange that the results are parallelized before being returned to the user.
The results are already on the driver to begin with, and I can imagine that for most usecases
(and definitely for ours) the synonyms are collected right back to the driver. This incurs
both an added cost of shipping data to and from the cluster, as well as a more cumbersome
interface than needed.

Can we change it to just the following?

def findSynonyms(word: String, num: Int): Array[(String, Double)] = {
  wordVectors.findSynonyms(word, num)

If the user wants the results parallelized, they can still do so on their own.

(I had brought this up a while back in Jira. It was suggested that the mailing list would
be a better forum to discuss it, so here we are.)

Asher Krim
Senior Software Engineer

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