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Projection operation

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When you’re working with the stream sometimes you may need to get the subset of the stream. For this purpose projection of the stream is built. For a positioning a time scale is used. When defining a projection you need to specify the time marker of the start, which can be 0 for beginning of the stream or any other time value more than 0; the end marker is optional, you may leave it null if you want to have unlimited at the end stream.

To use a projection on the stream call rangeProjection() function, you would need to specify start (value > 0), end (null or value > start) and timeUnit (TimeUnit.MILLISECONDS is default value):

val stream = anyStream()
// start on 100 ms and not limit at end end
// start on 100 ms and limit with 200 ms at the end
stream.rangeProjection(100, 200)
// start on the beginning and limit with 200 nanoseconds at the end
stream.rangeProject(0, 200, TimeUnit.NANOSECONDS)
// or use named parameters
    start = 100,
    timeUnit = TimeUnit.NANOSECONDS

Worth to mention, if you limit the stream at the end, you’ll effectively convert it to a finite stream, however it’s not actually a real finite stream. There is a way to convert it to a proper FiniteStream so then you can use finite converters to use it as a infinite stream if required. For that purpose you may use trim operation with the exactly the same length you have made the projection with, it’ll convert it to a finite stream:

val stream = anyStream()

// let's define the length upwards so we won't mess with parameters
val length = 50

// here it is effectively finite stream, but not actually
val rangeStream = stream.rangeProjection(100, 100 + length, MILLISECONDS)

// it is a proper finite stream
val finiteRangeStream = rangeStream.trim(length)

// use zero filling conversion to an infinite stream
val infiniteRangeStream = finiteRangeStream.sampleStream(ZeroFilling()) 

Working with different types

Projection operation is defined for Sample and Window<Sample> types out of the box, but it’s not limited to them. Only thing you need to keep in mind, that projection calculates time when the stream is being executed and the sample rate is provided, so it needs a way to convert the size of your type to samples to correctly calculate time markers, i.e. for Sample the size is always 1, for windowed samples the size is th size of the window step.

To use your own type you need to define how to measure it

One way is to implement the interface for you class:

data class DoubleSample(val one: Sample, val two: Sample) : Measured {
    override fun measure(): Int = 2

Another way is to register it before it’s being executed, preferrably to be used for the classes you can’t extend like SDK classes:

data class DoubleSample(val one: Sample, val two: Sample)
SampleCountMeasurement.registerType(DoubleSample::class) { 2 }

And now you can use it:

        .map { DoubleSample(it.elements[0], it.elements[1]) }
        .rangeProjection(100, 200)

If you won’t register the type, during execution you’ll have an exception like class my.wavebeans.DoubleSample is not registered within SampleCountMeasurement, use registerType() function or extend your class with Measured interface

The following types have built-in support:

  • Number – always return 1
  • Sample – always return 1
  • FftSample – measured as the window.step it is built on top of.
  • List<T> – measured as a sum of lengths of all corresponding elements of specified type T. Doesn’t support nullable types, will throw an exception if hit on one.
  • Window<T> – measured as sizeOfTheSample * window.step, where sizeOfTheSample is measure of the first element.