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Why are we allowed to call only UDFs and not functions from pyspark dataframe operations

 
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Suppose we have to populate value of a new column myCol based on some computation value returned from some function say myFunc

Instead of calling myFunc like in below code which is not allowed


We will have to create a UDF for myFunc and then call it.That will work.

What is the reason spark doesn't allow us to call function like this but allows only UDFs at this place ?


Thanks
 
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