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erric3210
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Understand the use of RowNo() inside Autonumber function

Hi Community,

I need to understand the purpose or use of RowNo() inside Autonumber() function.

MAIN:
LOAD * INLINE [
Name, Place, Value
AA, AA-X, 1000
AA, AA-X, 2000
BB, BB-X, 3000
BB, BB-Y, 4000
CC, CC-X, 6000
CC, CC-X, 7000
CC, CC-Y, 8000
];

FINAL:
LOAD Name,
Place,
Value,
AutoNumber(Name&'_'&Place&'_'&Value) AS Auto1,
AutoNumber(ROWNO(),Name&'_'&Place&'_'&Value) AS Auto2
RESIDENT MAIN;
DROP TABLE MAIN;

Result:

Autonumber - Rowno.PNG

 

Can some one please explain the concept behind this.

Regards,

Eric

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marcus_sommer
MVP & Luminary
MVP & Luminary

Autonumber() adds 1 for each new distinct value of the field respectively field-combination. By combining it with rowno() it could respect further dimensions, for example not just returning a number for a product or customer else returning such a number per day or category.

But it's seldom useful because the performance of this approach is already by smaller data-sets quite worse. Therefore if such information is needed it's better to use interrecord-functions like previous() or peek() within a sorted resident load to create such results.

- Marcus

erric3210
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Creator
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Hi @marcus_sommer Thanks for replying.

I didn't understand this line written by you. How this works:

By combining it with rowno() it could respect further dimensions, for example not just returning a number for a product or customer else returning such a number per day or category.

 

I'll use the Inter-record functions approach as suggested by you. I've seen your other posts related to Autonumber().

But one thing why the below script is giving output '1' against all rows.

AutoNumber(ROWNO(),Name&'_'&Place&'_'&Value) AS Auto2

 

Also, I don't have any field to Order by. Should I order by using RecNo() or RowNo().

I think order by works on numeric field which is used for sorting in ascending or descending order.

 

regards,
Eric

marcus_sommer
MVP & Luminary
MVP & Luminary

By using rowno() within the autonumber() the rowno() becomes the counter against the specified field-combination. In general autonumber() need no sorting but in some cases it could be useful, for example within a calendar by applying it against Year & Month to get a continuous counter over years.

Creating a dimension-specific counter is rather seldom useful - just regarding to your example it seems not be needed. Even by your applied AutoNumber(Name&'_'&Place&'_'&Value) I have some doubts that you need it.

- Marcus