9 Replies Latest reply: Nov 1, 2017 5:16 PM by Marco Wedel RSS

    Split a column into fields

    Mikael Strahlem

      Good day to you all,


      I'm having an issue with trying to split a field (column) into multiple fields.  Normally the subfield would be great for this, but the issue is these fields are not delimited, and I cannot change my data model as the data source is a pre-generated file.  Currently, my column has data such as:






      Attached is the pre-generated and unchangeable data model.  I am already using a crosstable to bring the dates into their own respective 'time' field.


      How would I split these different fields, into their respective fields, as would be apparent in a SQL database per se?


      Thank you for your assistance!



        • Re: Split a column into fields
          Niclas Anderström


          See this thread where the same question was asked and answered.



          Best regards,

          Niclas Anderström

            • Re: Split a column into fields
              Mikael Strahlem



              I'm been looking at this code now for a few hours, and been tinkering with it before posting my question.  I've written this to where it matches my requirements (From my previous excel, Field = FS Item), but I'm getting constant errors on my join; any ideas?



              CrossTable(MMM_FYYY, Data, 4)

              LOAD Concat, Country, FSItem,

                   BA, Jan_FY15, Feb_FY15, Mar_FY15, Apr_FY15, May_FY15, Jun_FY15, Jul_FY15,

                   Aug_FY15, Sep_FY15, Oct_FY15, Nov_FY15, Dec_FY15, Jan_FY16, Feb_FY16, Mar_FY16, Apr_FY16,

                   May_FY16, Jun_FY16, Jul_FY16, Aug_FY16, Sep_FY16, Oct_FY16, Nov_FY16, Dec_FY16, Jan_FY17,

                   Feb_FY17, Mar_FY17, Apr_FY17, May_FY17, Jun_FY17, Jul_FY17, Aug_FY17, Sep_FY17, Oct_FY17,

                   Nov_FY17, Dec_FY17

              FROM [\\...\Comm.xlsx]

              (ooxml, embedded labels, header is 5 lines, table is Input);



              LOAD [FS Items]

              FROM [\\...\datagroups.xlsx]

              (ooxml, embedded labels, table is Sheet1);



              LOAD Distinct FSItem

              Resident CommExcel;

              let vfieldnos# = fieldvaluecount('FSItem');



              LOAD Distinct [FS Items]

              Resident datagroup;

              let counter#=0;

              for counter#=0 to ($(vfieldnos#)-1)

                  let vfield = Peek('FSItem', $(counter#),'Masterfields');



              LOAD [FS Items], Value as [$(vfield)]

              Resident CommExcel where FSItem = '$(vfield)';

              next counter#


              drop table Masterfields;

              drop table datagroup;


              Thoughts & Suggestions?




            • Re: Split a column into fields
              Prashanth Reddy

              Hi Mikael,


              You can split column into multiple columns based on values/data.

              Is UnitsSold is a value or a column? I feel its a column and holding different values.


              If you have values in a structured way, then you can split and name them as you want.

                • Re: Split a column into fields
                  Mikael Strahlem

                  Yes, I understand that it can become multiple columns.  But how would one do this?  To answer your observation, yes, UnitsSold, UnitsInInventory, and PricePerUnit would be defined as columns.  But, Qlikview, through my x-table is defining them as a field within a meta-column.  E.g. ColData has three data values - UnitsSold, UnitsInInventory, and PricePerUnit; but these should all be their own respective column.



                  • Re: Split a column into fields
                    Mikael Strahlem

                    Also, I've managed to break out the rows into columns using a generic load; but now my table is ungrouped, is there an easy way to join the data groups back together?  

                  • Re: Split a column into fields
                    Avinash R

                    What is the output format your looking for ??

                      • Re: Split a column into fields
                        Mikael Strahlem

                        According to the excel data model, the PricePerUnit, UnitsinInventory, and UnitsSold would all be their own specific columns, with all other attributes falling into those through concats, joins, etc.  This way, if I wanted to see a chart of PricePerUnit over a given timeframe I can easily create the chart using this one field rather than shifting through a field of fields, because of a bad data model that I cannot change.



                      • Re: Split a column into fields
                        sujeet Singh

                        My initial question is what is the pattern which tells about in which fragment we will break down or split the fields.

                        • Re: Split a column into fields
                          Marco Wedel



                          one solution might be:




                          CrossTable (MMM_FYYY, Data, 3)
                          LOAD * FROM [https://community.qlik.com/servlet/JiveServlet/download/1371290-301652/DataModel.xlsx] (ooxml, embedded labels, table is Sheet1, filters(Replace(1, bottom, StrCnd(null)),Replace(2, bottom, StrCnd(null)),Replace(3, bottom, StrCnd(null)),Remove(Row, Pos(Top, 2))));
                          LOAD Country,
                               Dual(MMM_FYYY,Date#(Replace(MMM_FYYY,'_FY',''),'MMMYY')) as MMM_FYYY,
                               Alt(Data, Ceil(Rand()*1000)) as Data
                          Resident tabTemp1;
                          DROP Table tabTemp1;
                          LOAD 1 as TempField
                          AutoGenerate 0;
                          FOR i = NoOfTables()-1 to 0 STEP -1
                            LET vTable=TableName($(i));
                            IF WildMatch('$(vTable)', 'tabTemp2.*') THEN
                             JOIN (tabResult) LOAD * RESIDENT [$(vTable)];
                            DROP TABLE [$(vTable)];
                          NEXT i
                          DROP Field TempField;



                          Added some random Data values, so you would just load the plane Data field in tabTemp2 of this example.

                          Depending on your fiscal year you might have to change the MMM_FYYY field expression as well.


                          see also:

                          Qlik Design Blog


                          Use cases for Generic Load | Qlikview Cookbook



                          hope this helps