dask.array.map_blocks(func, *args, name=None, token=None, dtype=None, chunks=None, drop_axis=[], new_axis=None, meta=None, **kwargs)[source]

Map a function across all blocks of a dask array.

Note that map_blocks will attempt to automatically determine the output array type by calling func on 0-d versions of the inputs. Please refer to the meta keyword argument below if you expect that the function will not succeed when operating on 0-d arrays.


Function to apply to every block in the array.

argsdask arrays or other objects
dtypenp.dtype, optional

The dtype of the output array. It is recommended to provide this. If not provided, will be inferred by applying the function to a small set of fake data.

chunkstuple, optional

Chunk shape of resulting blocks if the function does not preserve shape. If not provided, the resulting array is assumed to have the same block structure as the first input array.

drop_axisnumber or iterable, optional

Dimensions lost by the function.

new_axisnumber or iterable, optional

New dimensions created by the function. Note that these are applied after drop_axis (if present).

tokenstring, optional

The key prefix to use for the output array. If not provided, will be determined from the function name.

namestring, optional

The key name to use for the output array. Note that this fully specifies the output key name, and must be unique. If not provided, will be determined by a hash of the arguments.

metaarray-like, optional

The meta of the output array, when specified is expected to be an array of the same type and dtype of that returned when calling .compute() on the array returned by this function. When not provided, meta will be inferred by applying the function to a small set of fake data, usually a 0-d array. It’s important to ensure that func can successfully complete computation without raising exceptions when 0-d is passed to it, providing meta will be required otherwise. If the output type is known beforehand (e.g., np.ndarray, cupy.ndarray), an empty array of such type dtype can be passed, for example: meta=np.array((), dtype=np.int32).

**kwargs :

Other keyword arguments to pass to function. Values must be constants (not dask.arrays)

See also


Generalized operation with control over block alignment.


>>> import dask.array as da
>>> x = da.arange(6, chunks=3)
>>> x.map_blocks(lambda x: x * 2).compute()
array([ 0,  2,  4,  6,  8, 10])

The da.map_blocks function can also accept multiple arrays.

>>> d = da.arange(5, chunks=2)
>>> e = da.arange(5, chunks=2)
>>> f = da.map_blocks(lambda a, b: a + b**2, d, e)
>>> f.compute()
array([ 0,  2,  6, 12, 20])

If the function changes shape of the blocks then you must provide chunks explicitly.

>>> y = x.map_blocks(lambda x: x[::2], chunks=((2, 2),))

You have a bit of freedom in specifying chunks. If all of the output chunk sizes are the same, you can provide just that chunk size as a single tuple.

>>> a = da.arange(18, chunks=(6,))
>>> b = a.map_blocks(lambda x: x[:3], chunks=(3,))

If the function changes the dimension of the blocks you must specify the created or destroyed dimensions.

>>> b = a.map_blocks(lambda x: x[None, :, None], chunks=(1, 6, 1),
...                  new_axis=[0, 2])

If chunks is specified but new_axis is not, then it is inferred to add the necessary number of axes on the left.

Map_blocks aligns blocks by block positions without regard to shape. In the following example we have two arrays with the same number of blocks but with different shape and chunk sizes.

>>> x = da.arange(1000, chunks=(100,))
>>> y = da.arange(100, chunks=(10,))

The relevant attribute to match is numblocks.

>>> x.numblocks
>>> y.numblocks

If these match (up to broadcasting rules) then we can map arbitrary functions across blocks

>>> def func(a, b):
...     return np.array([a.max(), b.max()])
>>> da.map_blocks(func, x, y, chunks=(2,), dtype='i8')
dask.array<func, shape=(20,), dtype=int64, chunksize=(2,), chunktype=numpy.ndarray>
>>> _.compute()
array([ 99,   9, 199,  19, 299,  29, 399,  39, 499,  49, 599,  59, 699,
        69, 799,  79, 899,  89, 999,  99])

Your block function get information about where it is in the array by accepting a special block_info or block_id keyword argument.

>>> def func(block_info=None):
...     pass

This will receive the following information:

>>> block_info  
{0: {'shape': (1000,),
     'num-chunks': (10,),
     'chunk-location': (4,),
     'array-location': [(400, 500)]},
 None: {'shape': (1000,),
        'num-chunks': (10,),
        'chunk-location': (4,),
        'array-location': [(400, 500)],
        'chunk-shape': (100,),
        'dtype': dtype('float64')}}

For each argument and keyword arguments that are dask arrays (the positions of which are the first index), you will receive the shape of the full array, the number of chunks of the full array in each dimension, the chunk location (for example the fourth chunk over in the first dimension), and the array location (for example the slice corresponding to 40:50). The same information is provided for the output, with the key None, plus the shape and dtype that should be returned.

These features can be combined to synthesize an array from scratch, for example:

>>> def func(block_info=None):
...     loc = block_info[None]['array-location'][0]
...     return np.arange(loc[0], loc[1])
>>> da.map_blocks(func, chunks=((4, 4),), dtype=np.float_)
dask.array<func, shape=(8,), dtype=float64, chunksize=(4,), chunktype=numpy.ndarray>
>>> _.compute()
array([0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7])

block_id is similar to block_info but contains only the chunk_location:

>>> def func(block_id=None):
...     pass

This will receive the following information:

>>> block_id  
(4, 3)

You may specify the key name prefix of the resulting task in the graph with the optional token keyword argument.

>>> x.map_blocks(lambda x: x + 1, name='increment')
dask.array<increment, shape=(1000,), dtype=int64, chunksize=(100,), chunktype=numpy.ndarray>

For functions that may not handle 0-d arrays, it’s also possible to specify meta with an empty array matching the type of the expected result. In the example below, func will result in an IndexError when computing meta:

>>> da.map_blocks(lambda x: x[2], da.random.random(5), meta=np.array(()))
dask.array<lambda, shape=(5,), dtype=float64, chunksize=(5,), chunktype=numpy.ndarray>

Similarly, it’s possible to specify a non-NumPy array to meta, and provide a dtype:

>>> import cupy  
>>> rs = da.random.RandomState(RandomState=cupy.random.RandomState)  
>>> dt = np.float32
>>> da.map_blocks(lambda x: x[2], rs.random(5, dtype=dt), meta=cupy.array((), dtype=dt))  
dask.array<lambda, shape=(5,), dtype=float32, chunksize=(5,), chunktype=cupy.ndarray>