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Set dynamical parameters in RapidMiner process

yyhuangyyhuang Administrator, Employee, RapidMiner Certified Analyst, RapidMiner Certified Expert, Member Posts: 351  RM Data Scientist
edited November 2018 in Knowledge Base


Can we dynamically select/deselect ‘enable parallel execution’ for a loop based on time of day it is scheduled to run?




That is a smart idea to avoid API rate limits during a rush hour on RapidMiner server. Suppose we would like to schedule the job on a weekday 9-5. The server is busy during that time and a loop without parallelization may be a good choice. As for the jobs scheduled on Friday evening or weekends, we would like to leverage all the computing power and enable parallel execution of the loop.


First things first, you will need the extension "Operator Toolbox" from marketplace or manually download & install from



In the process, you can easily get the timestamp of the execution and make good use of the operator "Set Parameters from ExampleSet" from Toolbox.

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You can generate macro with built-in date_now() function and put it in an example set. The input data for "Set Parameters from ExampleSet" need at least three columns: 1. operator name, 2. parameter name, 3. value of that parameter


Sample process is attached here. 

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Make sure you have the right execution order: "Set parameters from ExampleSet" before the operators (e.g. loop) you wanna execute dynamically.


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><process version="7.5.000">
<operator activated="true" class="process" compatibility="7.5.000" expanded="true" name="Process">
<process expanded="true">
<operator activated="true" class="generate_macro" compatibility="7.5.000" expanded="true" height="68" name="Generate Macro" width="90" x="45" y="34">
<list key="function_descriptions">
<parameter key="timestamp" value="date_now()"/>
<parameter key="hour" value="date_get(date_now(),DATE_UNIT_HOUR)"/>
<operator activated="true" class="generate_data_user_specification" compatibility="7.5.000" expanded="true" height="68" name="Generate Data by User Specification" width="90" x="246" y="34">
<list key="attribute_values">
<parameter key="operator" value="&quot;Loop Attributes&quot;"/>
<parameter key="parameter" value="&quot;enable_parallel_execution&quot;"/>
<parameter key="value" value="if(eval(%{hour})&gt;9 &amp;&amp; eval(%{hour})&lt;17,true, false)"/>
<list key="set_additional_roles"/>
<operator activated="true" class="operator_toolbox:set_parameter_from_ES" compatibility="0.3.000" expanded="true" height="82" name="Set Parameters from ExampleSet" width="90" x="447" y="34">
<parameter key="Operator name column" value="operator"/>
<parameter key="Parameter name column" value="parameter"/>
<parameter key="Value column" value="value"/>
<operator activated="true" class="retrieve" compatibility="7.5.000" expanded="true" height="68" name="Retrieve Iris" width="90" x="581" y="34">
<parameter key="repository_entry" value="//Samples/data/Iris"/>
<operator activated="true" class="concurrency:loop_attributes" compatibility="7.5.000" expanded="true" height="82" name="Loop Attributes" width="90" x="715" y="34">
<process expanded="true">
<connect from_port="input 1" to_port="output 1"/>
<portSpacing port="source_input 1" spacing="0"/>
<portSpacing port="source_input 2" spacing="0"/>
<portSpacing port="sink_output 1" spacing="0"/>
<portSpacing port="sink_output 2" spacing="0"/>
<operator activated="false" class="concurrency:loop" compatibility="7.5.000" expanded="true" height="68" name="Loop" width="90" x="715" y="136">
<process expanded="true">
<portSpacing port="source_input 1" spacing="0"/>
<portSpacing port="sink_output 1" spacing="0"/>
<connect from_op="Generate Data by User Specification" from_port="output" to_op="Set Parameters from ExampleSet" to_port="exampleset"/>
<connect from_op="Retrieve Iris" from_port="output" to_op="Loop Attributes" to_port="input 1"/>
<portSpacing port="source_input 1" spacing="0"/>
<portSpacing port="sink_result 1" spacing="0"/>


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