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ReQL command: concat_map

Command syntax

stream.concat_map(function) → stream

array.concat_map(function) → array


Concatenate one or more elements into a single sequence using a mapping function.

concat_map works in a similar fashion to map, applying the given function to each element in a sequence, but it will always return a single sequence. If the mapping function returns a sequence, map would produce a sequence of sequences:

r.expr([1, 2, 3]).map(lambda x: [x, x.mul(2)]).run(conn)


[[1, 2], [2, 4], [3, 6]]

Whereas concat_map with the same mapping function would merge those sequences into one:

r.expr([1, 2, 3]).concat_map(lambda x: [x, x.mul(2)]).run(conn)


[1, 2, 2, 4, 3, 6]

The return value, array or stream, will be the same type as the input.

Example: Construct a sequence of all monsters defeated by Marvel heroes. The field “defeatedMonsters” is an array of one or more monster names.

r.table('marvel').concat_map(lambda hero: hero['defeatedMonsters']).run(conn)

Example: Simulate an eq_join using concat_map. (This is how ReQL joins are implemented internally.)

    lambda post: r.table('comments').get_all(
        post['id'], index='post_id'
        lambda comment: { 'left': post, 'right': comment}

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