This lesson introduces filter: an operator that allows us to let only certain events pass, while ignoring others.
The next operator we're going to see is Filter. Suppose we have an observable of numbers, like zero, one, two, three, etc., which is generated by that interval function above, and we would like to have only even numbers. We want to ignore out the odd numbers like one, three, five, seven, etc.
We do that with Filter. It allows us to remove some of events by giving a function which is called a predicate. Predicate functions are simply they take an argument and they should return true or false. That's what a predicate function means.
We return true when this X, which is the input event on this input observables, should pass. If it passes, it will appear here on the bottom. We return false when it should be ignored. In case of odd and even numbers, if the modulo of X with two is zero, then that's an even number, and this comparison would be true. That's why even numbers would pass.
But if this modulo two with X would be one, then that means that we have an odd number, and that's why this comparison would be false, and the event would not pass. One does not pass, for instance. It would return false.
If we run this, we see that bar has only even numbers. Foo is ticking every second, but every other second it gives an odd number which we ignore. To recap, Filter allows you to pick certain events, and ignore others, through a predicate function that tells what is the criteria to pass or reject an event.