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What is LOWER() in pig?

  • LOWER() function is used to convert all the characters in a string to lowercase.


Following is the syntax of the LOWER() function.

grunt> LOWER(expression)


Assume that there is a file named wikitechy_emp.txt in the HDFS directory /pig_data/as shown below. This file contains the employee details such as id, name, age, and city.


003,Charu,23, London
005, Hansa,22,Bhuwaneshwar 
006, Hena,21,Chennai
007 ,Robert,24, Bhuwaneshwar
009,Leena,22, Chennai
010,Mahi,22, newyork
011,Priya,23, Tokyo
012,Rahul,20, newyork
012,Rahul,20, newyork

And, we have loaded this file into Pig with a relation named wikitechy_emp_data as shown below.

grunt> wikitechy_emp_data = LOAD 'hdfs://localhost:9000/pig_data/wikitechy_emp.txt' USING PigStorage(',')
   as (id:int, name:chararray, age:int, city:chararray);

Given below is an example of the LOWER() function. In this example, we have converted the names of all the employees to lowercase.

grunt> lower_data = FOREACH wikitechy_emp_data GENERATE (id,name), LOWER(name);

The above statement converts the names of all the employees to lowercase and returns the result.
The result of the statement will be stored in the relation named lower_data. Verify the content of the relation lower_data, using the Dump operator.

grunt> Dump lower_data; 

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