MAP is used to perform the same action on each individual value in a list.

That way, it lets you transform a list of values into another list, which comes in especially handy when working with user-provided values like nationalities or sources_of_income.

The keyword CURRENT inside the expression will be replaced with the current element of the list.

Example: Double some numbers

  MAP([1, 2, 3], CURRENT * 2)
  • Argument 1 is the list of values, here the array of numbers [1, 2, 3].

  • Argument 2, CURRENT * 2, takes each number from that array and multiplies it by 2. With each calculation, the keyword CURRENT is replaced by the next value from the list, until the last value has been dealt with.

  • Since a SUM operator encloses the MAP function, the final output will be the added total of all doubled values - in this case: 12.

The calculations step-by-step:

  • 1 * 2 = 2

  • 2 * 2 = 4

  • 3 * 2 = 6

  • The intermediate result of MAP is the new list [2, 4, 6]

  • SUM adds these new values: 2 + 4 + 6 = 12.

Example: Get total income

p is Person
    get_attr(CONCAT("income_" , CURRENT))


  1. we assume a user selects the relevant sources of income out of salary, capital_gain, and gifts

  2. the user then fills out the information with predictable keys, like income_salary, income_capital_gain, and income_gifts.

  3. with get_attr, these values are accessed and added up. If a value has no entry from the user, its default will be 0.

The calculations step-by-step:

  • the first argument of MAP is self.sources_of_income.

  • let's say the user has filled out 10,000 under income_salary, 5000 under income_capital_gain, and nothing under income_gifts.

  • the values of the first argument, which MAP will run over in succession, are salary, capital gain, and gifts.

  • in the first iteration, the first argument of MAP, self.sources_of_income, gets the value salary.

  • Next, CURRENT in the second argument takes that value salary from the first argument. CONCAT attaches it to the string "income_".

  • This means the first run of the MAP function looks like this: MAP(self.salary, get_attr(income_salary)

  • Using the values the user has provided, the MAP function will store 10,000 as the first value of its output. MAP then starts its work over on the second value in the list capital gain.

  • Once MAP has run over all values in the list, it’s intermediate output will be [10000, 5000, 0]

  • Since MAP is wrapped in a SUM function, the final output yields 15000.

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