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Advanced Map Reduce Examples - Part 2

by Tanmay Deshpande

In this series of articles, we are going to solve some real world problems with map reduce code on hadoop. In our first article we talked about how to write a map reduce program to do analytics for a music website. In this example we are going to solve a very useful problem called Call Data Record (CDR) Analytics.

Here is a problem statement

A Telecom company keeps records for its subscribers in specific format. Consider following format
Now we have to write a map reduce code to find out all phone numbers who are making more than 60 mins of STD calls. Here if STD Flag is 1 that means it was as STD Call. STD is call is call which is made outside of your state or long distance calls. By indentifying such subscribers, telcom company wants to offer them STD(Long Distance) Pack which would efficient for them instead spending more money without that package.

The data is coming in log files and looks like as shown below.

9665128505|8983006310|2015-03-01 09:08:10|2015-03-01 10:12:15|1
9665128505|8983006310|2015-03-01 07:08:10|2015-03-01 08:12:15|0
9665128505|8983006310|2015-03-01 09:08:10|2015-03-01 09:12:15|1
9665128505|8983006310|2015-03-01 09:08:10|2015-03-01 10:12:15|0
9665128506|8983006310|2015-03-01 09:08:10|2015-03-01 10:12:15|1
9665128507|8983006310|2015-03-01 09:08:10|2015-03-01 10:12:15|1

First of all we need to understand the data, depending upon the output we are expecting, we need to write a mapper class which would emit FromPhoneNumber and Duration of STD Call intermediate key value pairs. To make it simple to remember the data sequence, let's create a constants class as shown below

package in.co.hadoop.tutorials;

public class CDRConstants {

	public static int fromPhoneNumber = 0;
	public static int toPhoneNumber = 1;
	public static int callStartTime = 2;
	public static int callEndTime = 3;
	public static int STDFlag = 4;


Now, lets create the mapper class which would emit intermediate key value pairs as (FromPhoneNumber, Duration), here we would also need to use our Java skills to calculate duration ( CallEndTime- CallStartTime). We are also making some manipulations to get duration in minutes

public static class TokenizerMapper extends
			Mapper< Object , Text, Text, LongWritable> {

		Text phoneNumber = new Text();
		LongWritable durationInMinutes = new LongWritable();

		public void map(Object key, Text value,
				Mapper< Object , Text, Text, LongWritable>.Context context)
				throws IOException, InterruptedException {
			String[] parts = value.toString().split("[|]");
			if (parts[CDRConstants.STDFlag].equalsIgnoreCase("1")) {

				String callEndTime = parts[CDRConstants.callEndTime];
				String callStartTime = parts[CDRConstants.callStartTime];
				long duration = toMillis(callEndTime) - toMillis(callStartTime);
				durationInMinutes.set(duration / (1000 * 60));
				context.write(phoneNumber, durationInMinutes);

		private long toMillis(String date) {

			SimpleDateFormat format = new SimpleDateFormat(
					"yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss");
			Date dateFrm = null;
			try {
				dateFrm = format.parse(date);

			} catch (ParseException e) {

			return dateFrm.getTime();

You can also use counters in case you are not sure if the data you are receiving is correct or no like we did in previous tutorial.

Now that we have already done majority of things in Mapper Class itself, here a reduce would be a simple Sum Reducer. Here is how the code would look like

public static class SumReducer extends
			Reducer< Text , LongWritable, Text, LongWritable> {
		private LongWritable result = new LongWritable();

		public void reduce(Text key, Iterable< LongWritable> values,
				Reducer< Text , LongWritable, Text, LongWritable>.Context context)
				throws IOException, InterruptedException {
			long sum = 0;
			for (LongWritable val : values) {
				sum += val.get();
			if (sum >= 60) {
				context.write(key, this.result);


Now we can take look at the Driver class

public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
		Configuration conf = new Configuration();
		if (args.length != 2) {
			System.err.println("Usage: stdsubscriber < in> < out>");
		Job job = new Job(conf, "STD Subscribers");
		FileInputFormat.addInputPath(job, new Path(args[0]));
		FileOutputFormat.setOutputPath(job, new Path(args[1]));
		System.exit(job.waitForCompletion(true) ? 0 : 1);


Now just export this code as jar and execute it in your Hadoop environment. In case you need to see the complete code, you take a look at it as this GitHub Repo

Feel free to use, download or fork this repo to solve other Map Reduce problems as well.


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