I have a simple static class that it's purpose is given an RDD of Point to find the median of each dimension and return that as a new Point using Spark's reduce functions.

This is the class:

public class MedianPointFinder {

    public static Point findMedianPoint(JavaRDD<Point> points) {
        Point biggestPointByXDimension = points.reduce((a, b) -> getBiggestPointByXDimension(a, b));
        Point biggestPointByYDimension = points.reduce((a, b) -> getBiggestPointByYDimension(a, b));

        double xDimensionMedian = biggestPointByXDimension.getX() / 2.0;
        double yDimensionMedian = biggestPointByYDimension.getY() / 2.0;

        return new Point(xDimensionMedian, yDimensionMedian);

    private static Point getBiggestPointByXDimension(Point first, Point second) {
        return first.getX() > second.getX() ? first : second;

    private static Point getBiggestPointByYDimension(Point first, Point second) {
        return first.getY() > second.getY() ? first : second;

Point class is a simple class for storing an (x, y) point.

  • \$\begingroup\$ My understanding of median is the middle element out of N elements if the N elements were sorted. You are finding the highest element and dividing its value by 2. Is that what you really meant to do? For example, given three x coordinates 1 2 9 I consider the median to be 2 not 4.5. \$\endgroup\$
    – JS1
    Nov 28, 2014 at 6:08

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I guess your Point is not a java.awt.Point since that holds x and y as int and you're using double.

Why not getting rid of your Point class by making the "Finder" class itself a MedianPoint?

import java.awt.geom.Point2D;

public class MedianPoint extends Point2D.Double {

  public MedianPoint(JavaRDD<Point> points) {
      /* your x calculation */,
      /* your y calculation */

  private static Point2D.Double greaterByXOf(Point2D.Double p1, Point2D.Double p2) {
    // ...

  private static Point2D.Double greaterByYOf(Point2D.Double p1, Point2D.Double p2) {
    // ...

} // MedianPoint
  • \$\begingroup\$ I do need my Point class for some methods that I have created in it that does not exist in Point2D but I guess what I could do is wrap Point2D with my Point class and then do MedianPoint extends Point. \$\endgroup\$
    – Aki K
    Nov 26, 2014 at 9:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ Are there other reasons why you have to stick to Point? Which make moving Point's methods into MedianPoint impossible? \$\endgroup\$ Nov 26, 2014 at 10:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ No, not really. I just have it for providing a limited API and adding some functionality. I have posted my revised Point class here codereview.stackexchange.com/questions/70902/… \$\endgroup\$
    – Aki K
    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:21

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