Evaluation Parameters

Often, the specific parameters associated with an expectation will be derived from upstream steps in a processing pipeline. For example, we may want to expect_table_row_count_to_equal a value stored in a previous step, but we may still want to ensure that we can use the same expectation configuration object.

Great Expectations makes working with parameters of that kind easy! When declaring an expectation, you can specify that a particular argument is an evaluation parameter that should be substituted at evaluation time, and provide a temporary value that should be used during the initial evaluation of the expectation.

>> my_df.expect_table_row_count_to_equal(
    value: {"$PARAMETER": "upstream_row_count",
            "$PARAMETER.upstream_row_count": 10}
    result_format={'result_format': 'BOOLEAN_ONLY'}
    'success': True

You can also store parameter values in a special dictionary called evaluation_parameters that is stored in the expectation_suite to be available to multiple expectations or while declaring additional expectations.

>> my_df.set_evaluation_parameter("upstream_row_count", 10)
>> my_df.get_evaluation_parameter("upstream_row_count")

If a parameter has been stored, then it does not need to be provided for a new expectation to be declared:

>> my_df.set_evaluation_parameter("upstream_row_count", 10)
>> my_df.expect_table_row_count_to_be_between(max_value={"$PARAMETER": "upstream_row_count"})

When validating expectations, you can provide evaluation parameters based on upstream results:

>> my_df.validate(expectation_suite=my_dag_step_config, evaluation_parameters={"upstream_row_count": upstream_row_count})

Finally, the command-line tool also allows you to provide a JSON file that contains parameters to use during evaluation:

>> cat my_parameters_file.json
    "upstream_row_count": 10
>> great_expectations validate --evaluation_parameters=my_parameters_file.json dataset_file.csv expectation_suite.json

DataContext Evaluation Parameter Store

When a DataContext has a configured evaluation parameter store, it can automatically identify and store evaluation parameters that are referenced in other expectation suites. The evaluation parameter store uses a URN schema for identifying dependencies between expectation suites.

The DataContext-recognized URN must begin with the string urn:great_expectations:validations. Valid URNs must have one of the following structures to be recognized by the Great Expectations DataContext:


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