Thanks for the info Holden.

So it seems both the jira and the comment on the developer list are over a
year old. More surprising, the jira has no assignee. Any particular reason
for the lack of activity in this area?

Is writing scala/java the only work around for this? I hear a lot of people
say python is the gateway language to scala. It is because of issues like
this that people use scala for Spark rather than python or eventually
abandon python for scala. It just takes too long for features to get ported
over from scala/java.

On Sun, Oct 16, 2016 at 8:42 AM, Holden Karau <> wrote:

> I don't believe UDAFs are available in PySpark as this came up on the
> developer list while I was asking for what features people were missing in
> PySpark - see http://apache-spark-developers-list.1001551.n3.
> Spark-Improvement-Proposals-td19422.html . The JIRA for tacking this
> issue is at
> On Sat, Oct 15, 2016 at 7:20 PM, Tobi Bosede <> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I am trying to use a UDF that calculates inter-quartile (IQR) range for
>> pivot() and SQL in pyspark and got the error that my function wasn't an
>> aggregate function in both scenarios. Does anyone know if UDAF
>> functionality is available in python? If not, what can I do as a work
>> around?
>> Thanks,
>> Tobi
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