Creates a subset of the table by masking the rows with the given untyped column.


subscript(mask: MLUntypedColumn) -> MLDataTable { get }



An untyped column indicating whether rows should be removed (a default value) or included (any nondefault value) in the derived table.

Return Value

A new data table.


Use this untyped column–based subscript to create a new table by masking a subset of the table rows. The derived table will not include rows where mask contains a default value for its underlying type, such as:

  • 0 in untyped Int columns

  • 0.0 in untyped Double columns

  • An empty string in untyped String columns

The derived data table includes rows where the masking column has any other (nondefault) value.

A table of book information on the left with columns named "Title", "Genre", and "Pages". One row of the table has the values: "Hamlet", "Drama", and "98", respectively. The pages column of the table is highlighted. Two of its rows show a zero for the books Dracula and The Great Gatsby. All other rows have a nonzero number of pages and have arrows leading from them to all the rows in a table on the right hand side of the image. The right side table is a subset of the left side table where the rows with zero in the pages column have been removed.

For example, to filter the values in a data table as shown above, begin by creating a table with the original data.

let data: [String: MLDataValueConvertible] = [
    "Title": ["Alice in Wonderland", "Hamlet", "Dracula", "Peter Pan", "The Great Gatsby"],
    "Genre": ["Fantasy", "Drama", "Adventure", "Fantasy", "Drama"],
    "Pages": [124, 98, 0, 94, 0]

guard let table = try? MLDataTable(dictionary: data) else {
    fatalError("Invalid dictionary data")

After you create the table, use the String-based subscript(_:) to extract a column.

// Create a new untyped column "pagesColumn" copied from the table’s "Pages" column
let pagesColumn = table["Pages"]

Use subscript(mask: MLUntypedColumn) with an untyped column–row mask to create a filtered table. The subscript uses the untyped values to determine whether to keep a row.

In this example, the untyped column pagesColumn has an underlying type of Int. The subscript removes any row with a value of 0 (the default value for Int) and keeps all other rows.

// Filter the table using pagesColumn.
// Each row with a value of 0 is removed.
let validPageCountTable = table[pagesColumn]

See Also

Masking Rows

subscript(MLDataColumn<Bool>) -> MLDataTable

Creates a subset of the table by masking the rows with the given column of Booleans.