Geo Spatial Data Analytics on Spark
Scala Python Shell
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NYC Neighborhood dataset

Magellan: Geospatial Analytics Using Spark

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Geospatial data is pervasive, and spatial context is a very rich signal of user intent and relevance in search and targeted advertising and an important variable in many predictive analytics applications. For example when a user searches for “canyon hotels”, without location awareness the top result or sponsored ads might be for hotels in the town “Canyon, TX”. However, if they are are near the Grand Canyon, the top results or ads should be for nearby hotels. Thus a search term combined with location context allows for much more relevant results and ads. Similarly a variety of other predictive analytics problems can leverage location as a context.

To leverage spatial context in a predictive analytics application requires us to be able to parse these datasets at scale, join them with target datasets that contain point in space information, and answer geometrical queries efficiently.

Magellan is an open source library Geospatial Analytics using Spark as the underlying engine. We leverage Catalyst’s pluggable optimizer to efficiently execute spatial joins, SparkSQL’s powerful operators to express geometric queries in a natural DSL, and Pyspark’s Python integration to provide Python bindings.


You can link against this library using the following coordinates:

groupId: harsha2010
artifactId: magellan
version: 1.0.3-s_2.10


This library requires Spark 1.4+


The library currently supports the ESRI format files as well as GeoJSON.

We aim to support the full suite of OpenGIS Simple Features for SQL spatial predicate functions and operators together with additional topological functions.

capabilities we aim to support include (ones currently available are highlighted):

Geometries: Point, LineString, Polygon, MultiPoint, MultiLineString, MultiPolygon, GeometryCollection

Predicates: Intersects, Touches, Disjoint, Crosses, Within, Contains, Overlaps, Equals, Covers

Operations: Union, Distance, Intersection, Symmetric Difference, Convex Hull, Envelope, Buffer, Simplify, Valid, Area, Length

Scala and Python API

Reading Data

You can read Shapefile formatted data as follows:

val df =

|point|polyline|             polygon|            metadata|valid|
| null|    null|Polygon(5, Vector...|Map(neighborho ->...| true|
| null|    null|Polygon(5, Vector...|Map(neighborho ->...| true|
| null|    null|Polygon(5, Vector...|Map(neighborho ->...| true|
| null|    null|Polygon(5, Vector...|Map(neighborho ->...| true|

|Twin Peaks       ...|
|Pacific Heights  ...|
|Visitacion Valley...|
|Potrero Hill     ...|

To read GeoJSON format pass in the type as geojson during load as follows:

val df =
  option("type", "geojson").

Scala API

Magellan is hosted on Spark Packages

When launching the Spark Shell, Magellan can be included like any other spark package using the --packages option:

> $SPARK_HOME/bin/spark-shell --packages harsha2010:magellan:1.0.2-s_2.10

A few common packages you might want to import within Magellan

import magellan.{Point, Polygon}
import org.apache.spark.sql.magellan.dsl.expressions._
import org.apache.spark.sql.types._

Data Structures


val points = sc.parallelize(Seq((-1.0, -1.0), (-1.0, 1.0), (1.0, -1.0))).toDF("x", "y").select(point($"x", $"y").as("point"))

|            point|
|Point(-1.0, -1.0)|
| Point(-1.0, 1.0)|
| Point(1.0, -1.0)|


case class PolygonRecord(polygon: Polygon)

val ring = Array(new Point(1.0, 1.0), new Point(1.0, -1.0),
  new Point(-1.0, -1.0), new Point(-1.0, 1.0),
  new Point(1.0, 1.0))
val polygons = sc.parallelize(Seq(
    PolygonRecord(new Polygon(Array(0), ring))

|             polygon|
|Polygon(5, Vector...|


within, 0.5) within $"polygon").count()


points.join(polygons).where($"point" intersects $"polygon").show()

|            point|             polygon|
|Point(-1.0, -1.0)|Polygon(5, Vector...|
| Point(-1.0, 1.0)|Polygon(5, Vector...|
| Point(1.0, -1.0)|Polygon(5, Vector...|