7 Replies Latest reply: Sep 20, 2016 12:20 PM by Anuj Koshti

# Comparing each record of a field and creating a new field

Hi,

I want to compare the records of a field and derive a new field based on the comparison.

Below is sample table;

Input_Table:

Unique_value, Text

10,     A

20, P

10, B

10, C

20, Q

10, D

20, R

30, X

20, S

The desired table should look like this-

Output_Table:

Unique_value, New_Text

10, A

10, AB

10, ABC

10, ABCD

20, P

20, PQ

20, PQR

20, PQRS

30,X

I am not looking for hard-code solution as it could be derived easily through if-else or case statements. Please provide a generic solution.

Any help in approaching this problem will be appreciated.

Thanks.

• ###### Re: Comparing each record of a field and creating a new field

Try this ?

Table1:

Unique_value, Text

10, A

20, P

10, B

10, C

20, Q

10, D

20, R

30, X

20, S

];

NoConcatenate

Table2:

Resident Table1

Order By Unique_value , Text asc;

Drop Table Table1;

NoConcatenate

Table3:

Resident Table2;

Drop Table Table2;

• ###### Re: Comparing each record of a field and creating a new field

You solution can be simplified by removing Table2. I think in general it is helpful to avoid unnecessary resident loads

Table1:

Unique_value, Text

10, A

20, P

10, B

10, C

20, Q

10, D

20, R

30, X

20, S

];

Table2:

Resident Table1

Order By Unique_value , Text;

Drop Table Table1;

If you don't want to sort by text and follow the actual order of Text, then this:

Table1:

Unique_value, Text

10, A

20, P

10, B

10, C

20, Q

10, D

20, R

30, X

20, S

];

Table2:

Resident Table1

Order By Unique_value; //Remove Text from the order by here

Drop Table Table1;

• ###### Re: Comparing each record of a field and creating a new field

Oh Yes, I got that, but was little lazy to revamp the code. Just copied and pasted. ;-) later realized.

• ###### Re: Comparing each record of a field and creating a new field

Thanks Sunny and Nagaraju, it worked.

Can you please explain the below statement

1. How can the field 'TextAdded' is used inside the Peek() before it gets created.

2. I understood the rest of the logic of using the preceding load and the condition to compare the previous record values.

• ###### Re: Comparing each record of a field and creating a new field

I do not know if this explanation helps, probably sunny can put it in simple words if this doesnt help !!!!

Peek() is a Inter record function where it pulls records from previously loaded data. So it accumulates the information from Text field and puts the field value into that TextAdded Field and reiterates record by record and appends with Text field.

See Peek() example from Reference manual.

peek(fieldname [ , row [ , tablename ] ] )

Returns the contents of the fieldname in the record specified by row in the internal table tablename. Data are fetched from the associative QlikView database.

Fieldname must be given as a string (e.g. a quoted literal).

Row must be an integer. 0 denotes the first record, 1 the second and so on. Negative numbers indicate order from the end of the table. -1 denotes the last record read.

If no row is stated, -1 is assumed.

Tablename is a table label, see Table Labels, without the ending colon. If no tablename is stated, the current table is assumed. If used outside the load statement or referring to another table, the tablename must be included.

Examples:

peek( 'Sales' )
returns the value of Sales in the previous record read ( equivalent to previous(Sales) ).

peek( 'Sales', 2 )
returns the value of Sales from the third record read from the current internal table.

peek( 'Sales', -2 )
returns the value of Sales from the second last record read into the current internal table.

peek( 'Sales', 0, 'Tab1' )
returns the value of Sales from the first record read into the input table labeled Tab1.

Load A, B, numsum( B, peek( 'Bsum' ) ) as Bsum...;
creates an accumulation of B in Bsum.

• ###### Re: Comparing each record of a field and creating a new field

May be this helps?

Iteration1:

IF(Unique_value <> Previous(Unique_value), Text,  Peek('TextAdded')& Text) AS TextAdded --> TextAdded = A because the If statement fails and First text value is stored in TextAdded

Iteration2:

IF(Unique_value <> Previous(Unique_value), Text,  Peek('TextAdded')& Text) AS TextAdded --> TextAdded = AB as prev value is same it will pick the next text value and appends the textadded

Iteration3: ........ and so on.

• ###### Re: Comparing each record of a field and creating a new field

Thanks for drilling down to the exact logic.

The 2nd logic really helped in understanding the flow and with that the first iteration will always be false.

Regards

Anuj Koshti