Type Inference for Object Data¶
Pandas stores some data types (e.g. strings) as object arrays which are untyped. Therefore, Bodo needs to infer the actual data type of object arrays when dataframes or series values are passed to JIT functions from regular Python. Bodo uses the first non-null value of the array to determine the type, and throws a warning if the array is empty or all nulls:
In this case, Bodo assumes the array is a string array which is the most common. However, this can cause errors if a distributed dataset is passed to Bodo, and some other processor has non-string data. This corner case can usually be avoided by load balancing the data across processors to avoid empty arrays.