8 Replies Latest reply: Sep 14, 2017 1:15 PM by Michal Santus RSS

    Use an R function in Script

    Paolo Vaona


      It is possible to evaluate  a vector with R.Evaluate() while loading data in script. ?


      Let say I have a the Iris dtaset and I want to create a column in script that tells me wich cluster is every record.


      Thanks in advance.



        • Re: Use an R function in Script
          Gysbert Wassenaar

          Yes, that's possible.

            • Re: Use an R function in Script
              Paolo Vaona

              Hi Gysbert,

              thanks for you're answer.


              Here script I'm using:


              LOAD [observation],

              [sepal length],

              [sepal width],

              [petal length],

              [petal width],

              [iris species]

              FROM [lib://data/Iris.csv]

              (txt, codepage is 28591, embedded labels, delimiter is ',', msq);


              rename table Iris to tmp#Iris;






              [sepal length],

              [sepal width],

              [petal length],

              [petal width],

              [iris species],

              R.ScriptEval('kmeans(cbind(q$petLen, q$petWid, q$sepLen, q$sepWid), 3, nstart = 20)$cluster',

              [petal length] as petLen,

              [petal width] as petWid,

              [sepal length] as sepLen,

              [sepal width] as sepWid) as kclust

              resident tmp#Iris;


              drop tabl tmp#Iris;


              This is the error message I receive:

              Unexpected token: ',', expected one of: 'AutoGenerate', 'From', 'From_Field', 'Inline', 'Resident', 'Where', 'While', ...


              Is there a particular syntax to use to use the R.EvaluateScript ?

            • Re: Use an R function in Script
              Qiyu Chen

              I am facing the same problem as Paolo.


              R file, CSV, QVF and Log files are attached. Hope someone can assist us further.


              The script runs OK under R environment:

              q[,6]<-kmeans(cbind(q$Petal.Length, q$Petal.Width, q$Sepal.Length, q$Sepal.Width), 3, nstart = 20)$cluster


              while after run below in QSE, the error shows "more cluster centers than distinct data points".

              Tried to remove the header by "names(q) <- NULL", while received the same error message.

              Qlik script:

                  R.ScriptEvalStr('q[,6]<-kmeans(cbind(q$Petal.Length, q$Petal.Width, q$Sepal.Length, q$Sepal.Width), 3, nstart = 20)$cluster;
                                  ) as Kmeans
              FROM [lib://Data for Qlik Sense Demo (qvsrv_qlik)/risi.csv]
              (txt, codepage is 28591, embedded labels, delimiter is ',', msq);





              • Re: Use an R function in Script
                Steven Pressland

                To see a working example of the iris dataset, have a look at the Advanced Analytics Expression Builder which will write the code for you. There is a youtube video which uses this dataset as an example:





                The purpose of this integration for these types of examples is to process in the chart expression, the script usage is limited at present, with an intention for more functionality in the future.

                • Re: Use an R function in Script
                  Paolo Vaona

                  Hi Steven,

                  Thanks for you're answer.


                  my point here is not strinctly bounded to iris dataset.

                  In order to create real business cases I think that being able to run scripts such as cluster analysis is basically. Usually you want to cluster when you need insights from the data much more complex than iris.

                  If you have to perform it on a data set with 1000000 record the graph takes a lot, and user loose the Qlik's experience of dynamic navigation.



                  As per my understanding, use R functions ( excluded the sum() ) in the script is not possible, as confirmed also by Qiyu.

                  If someone has a script, even an easy one, that wants to share it would be very helpful.




                  • Re: Use an R function in Script
                    Michal Santus

                    I totally agree with Paolo.

                    The examples run live on the data sent to R.

                    It would be good to be able to run R from script on data sets also. Clustering is a good example but apriori analysis is an even better one - it takes too long to calculate dynamically.

                    I am also looking for a workaround, lie storing data to CSV and running R or Python in the background (it would load data from that CSV and export results to another CSV - which would be read by Qlik again).

                    An interesting solution can be provided with RapidMiner tool. It can be called from Qlik with simple Web Services request.

                    This way we call it from within the script and receive the result directly into the script. (1. store CSV, 2. call RapidMinder via Web Services, which reads CSV and does the calculation, 3. receive back the result.