Given a document

{_id:110000, groupings:{A:'AV',B:'BV',C:'CV',D:'DV'},coin:{old:10,new:12}}

My specs call for the specification of attributes for mapping and aggregation at run time, as the groupings the user is interested in are not known up front, but specified by the user at runtime.

For example, one user would specify [A,B] which will cause mapping emissions of

emit( {A:this.groupings.A,B:this.groupings.B},this.coin )

while another would want to specify [A,C] which will cause mapping emissions of

emit( {A:this.groupings.A,C:this.groupings.C},this.coin )

B/c the mapper and reducer functions execute server side, and don't have access to client variables, I haven't been able to come up with a way to use a variable map key in the mapper function.

If I could reference a list of things to group by from the scope of the execution of the map function, this is all very straightforward. However, b/c the mapping function ends up getting these from a different scope, I don't know how to do this, or if it's even possible.

Before I start trying to dynamically build java script to execute through the driver, does anyone have a better suggestion? Maybe a 'group' function will handle this scenario better?

Solution 1

As pointed out by @Dave Griffith, you can use the scope parameter of the mapReduce function.

I struggled a bit to figure out how to properly pass it to the function because, as pointed out by others, the documentation is not very detailed. Finally, I realised that mapReduce is expecting 3 params:

  • map function
  • reduce function
  • object with one or more of the params defined in the doc

Eventually, I arrived at the following code in Javascript:

// I define a variable external to my map and to my reduce functions
var KEYS = {STATS: "stats"};

function m() {
    // I use my global variable inside the map function
    emit(KEYS.STATS, 1);

function r(key, values) {
    // I use a helper function
    return sumValues(values);

// Helper function in the global scope
function sumValues(values) {
    var result = 0;
    values.forEach(function(value) {
        result += value;
    return result;

         out: {inline: 1},
         // I use the scope param to pass in my variables and functions
         scope: {
             KEYS: KEYS,
             sumValues: sumValues // of course, you can pass function objects too

Solution 2

You can pass global, read-only data into map-reduce functions using the "scope" parameter on the map-reduce command. It's not very well documented, I'm afraid.