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Real-time tables in Jupyter. Finally.

· 4 min read
DALL·E prompt: spreadsheet on the planet Jupiter, 3d render
Stacy Serebryakova
Enhance your Jupyter experiences with the Deephaven widget

Jupyter is a ubiquitous tool for data scientists and Python analysts. Its workflows for exploration, linear development, and sharing are intuitive and powerful. Further, packages like matplotlib, seaborn, ggplot and others turn their notebooks into visual tools.

But what if data is streaming? What if output on the screen changes in real time?

No problem. You can now see ticking, updating, and other dynamic data in a widget in Jupyter. Crypto prices, system performance metrics, clickstream analytics, and IoT output in real time!

For example, below is a real-time table sourced from Twitter's API, producing an updating count of particular words:


Sounds awesome. But how?

Building ticking tables is very easy and requires just a few lines of code!

First of all, we need to install deephaven-server and deephaven-ipywidgets:

pip3 install deephaven-server deephaven-ipywidgets

Now we can launch the JupyterLab application and start the Deephaven server by running the following code in a cell:

from deephaven_server import Server
s = Server(port=8080)

Then, we need to create a table to store our dynamic data. For this application, we'll use DynamicTableWriter.

from deephaven import DynamicTableWriter
import deephaven.dtypes as dht

# in our example, we want to keep the text of tweet and the number of occurence of 5 keywords in this text
twitter_table_col_definitions = {"TWEET": dht.string, "TIMESTAMP": dht.DateTime, "KEYWORD1": dht.int32, "KEYWORD2": dht.int32, "KEYWORD3": dht.int32, "KEYWORD4": dht.int32, "KEYWORD5": dht.int32}
twitter_table_writer = DynamicTableWriter(twitter_table_col_definitions)
tweet_table = twitter_table_writer.table

Now, let's pull some live data using Twitter streaming API and fill our table tweet_table with tweets:

Click to see the code!
import json
import requests
import threading
from deephaven.time import now, upper_bin

KEYWORDS = {"news", "cats", "dogs", "covid", "monkeypox"}
NANOSEC_BIN = 5_000_000_000 # use 5 secs interval to group tweets

def bearer_oauth(r):
Method required by bearer token authentication.
r.headers["Authorization"] = f"Bearer {BEARER_TOKEN}"
r.headers["User-Agent"] = "v2FilteredStreamPython"
return r

def set_rules():
Method to add rules to the stream
demo_rules = [{"value": word, "tag": word} for word in KEYWORDS]

payload = {"add": demo_rules}
response ="{TWITTER_ENDPOINT_URL}/rules", auth=bearer_oauth, json=payload)
if response.status_code != 201:
raise Exception(
"Cannot add rules (HTTP {}): {}".format(response.status_code, response.text)

def get_tweets():
Method to get tweets
response = requests.get(f"{TWITTER_ENDPOINT_URL}?tweet.fields=lang", auth=bearer_oauth, stream=True)

if response.status_code != 200:
raise Exception(
"Cannot get stream (HTTP {}): {}".format(
response.status_code, response.text
return response

# Add our demo rules to the stream

def get_counts_by_keyword(tweet, keyword):
The function to count the number of occurence of a keyword in a tweet
count = tweet.count(keyword)
return count

def write_live_data():
The function to write twitter data to a table
response = get_tweets()
for response_line in response.iter_lines():
if response_line:
json_response = json.loads(response_line)
tweet = json_response["data"]["text"]

# for each keywords we calculate the number of times the keyword occurs in a tweet
counts = []
for keyword in KEYWORDS:
count = get_counts_by_keyword(tweet, keyword)
# use upper_bin to write timestamps every 5 secs
time = now()
timestamp = upper_bin(time, NANOSEC_BIN)
twitter_table_writer.write_row(tweet, timestamp, *counts)

# Run the thread that writes tweets to the table
thread = threading.Thread(target=write_live_data)

Using the Deephaven table widget, you can easily view this live data right in your Jupyter notebook! All you need is just to pass the table name into a DeephavenWidget:

from deephaven_ipywidgets import DeephavenWidget

t = DeephavenWidget(tweet_table)

Optionally, you can also pass in the width and height you'd like the widget to be:

display(DeephavenWidget(tweet_table, width=800, height=300))


Now let's count the total number of keyword occurrences in tweets for five-second windows and apply color formatting to see the most popular keywords:

Click to see the code!
from deephaven import agg as agg
from deephaven import SortDirection

cols = []
heat_cols = []
for i, keyword in enumerate(KEYWORDS):
cols.append(f"{keyword.upper()} = KEYWORD{i+1}")
heat_cols.append(f"{keyword.upper()} = heatmap({keyword.upper()}, 0, 10, LEMONCHIFFON, GOLD)")

result = tweet_table.agg_by([agg.sum_(cols=cols)], by=["TIMESTAMP"])
result_heat = result.format_columns(heat_cols)
result_heat = result_heat.sort(order_by=["TIMESTAMP"], order=[SortDirection.DESCENDING])
display(DeephavenWidget(result_heat, width=800, height=300))


That was just an example of how to use Deephaven's table widget in JupyterLab - what you will do with your real-time data is totally up to you!

Please contact us on Slack if you have any questions or feedback.