ds = Dataset[{"a b", "c-d"} ]

multi-character StringSplit is broken with Dataset (10.1 regression?)

ds[All, StringSplit[#, {" ", "-"}] &]

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though single split charaters works:

ds[All, StringSplit[#, " "] &] // Normal    

{{"a", "b"}, {"c-d"}}

As does plain non-Dataset version of multi-char of course (same output as above)

ds // Normal // Map[StringSplit[#, {" ", "-"}] &]
  • $\begingroup$ Really 10.2? Or 10.0.2? $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 5, 2015 at 22:53
  • $\begingroup$ My bad, 10.1, edited. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 5, 2015 at 22:57
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    $\begingroup$ Same for me with v10.1.0 (OSX) but this will work : ds[All, StringSplit[#, " " | "-"] &] ... $\endgroup$
    – SquareOne
    Commented Jun 5, 2015 at 22:57
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    $\begingroup$ @SquareOne Confirmed in 10.1.0 under Windows. $\endgroup$
    – Mr.Wizard
    Commented Jun 6, 2015 at 1:43

2 Answers 2


This issue is due to the same type-inferencing problem described here.

Using printSignatures from the referenced answer, we can see that the type inferencer will only accept a single string as the second argument, not a list:

    {Vector[Atom[String], n_]}
    {Atom[String], Atom[String]}
    {Vector[Atom[String], n_], Atom[String]}

This list of valid signatures will only accept a single string as the second argument.

The referenced answer shows how to dodge the type-inferencer. We can use similar work-arounds here: either by using Query directly on the raw data...

ds // Normal // Query[Dataset, StringSplit[#, {" ", "-"}] &]

dataset screenshot

... or by disguising the StringSplit operator:

ds[All, StringSplit&[][#, {" ", "-"}] &]

dataset screenshot

Notice how the second work-around loses useful type information in this case, causing the dataset visualization to fall back to a cruder form. We can restore the missing type information by inserting a terminal Dataset ascending operator into the query:

ds[Dataset, StringSplit&[][#, {" ", "-"}] &]

dataset screenshot

This last operation causes the proper type information to be deduced from the final output data (using TypeSystem`DeduceType), restoring the proper visualization.

  • $\begingroup$ This is fixed in 10.2. P.S. Because StringSplit works on lists of strings, ds[StringSplit[#, " "] &] will work, too. as will just ds[StringSplit] (if you're splitting on whitespace, that is). $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 7:31

It seems to be a problem of your specific version. Im running MacOS and it works just fine.

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