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I am using ArcGIS 10. I have a little experience with python but i feel that python in ArcGIS is slightly different. VB will work fine as well.

Problem: I have n different columns called 'percent_1', 'percent_2','percent_3' and 'percent_4'.... 'percent_n'. They contain percentages. I have a new field called 'Class_t'. I want to check which one among 'percent_1..n' is highest and then want to put 'x' in 'Class_t' field.

If more information is required, feel free to inquire. I need it asap. Its final step of my project.

Thanks a lot in advance.

Cheers Ns

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It's good form to accept answers NSoni btw - Hope this has helped btw. –  Hairy Oct 13 '11 at 9:58

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Personally, I'd go python all the way

cursor = arcpy.searchcursor(your_table)
for row in cursor:
    sort = sorte([row.percent_1,row.percent_2,row.percent_3,row.percent_4])            
    row.Class_t = sort[len(sort)-1]
    del row

del cursor

Play about with it in Idle, it's something like this.

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Thanks for a quick response Hairy. But I think I should edit my question, because I might have variable number of percent_x, eg. 3,4,5. Is it possible to include this information? –  NSoni Oct 13 '11 at 10:32
Just add as many as you need, do a count on the fields and then loop the name into a list i.e. for columns in table - if left(colname,8) == "percent_" then mylist.append(col) or something The sort is done on the list, so make sure you capture each column that is like percent_ Very easy really –  Hairy Oct 13 '11 at 10:45
@Hairy, No need to sort... (can't get the lines to format properly but ... >>> a = [5,3,2,1,9,11,12] >>> max(a) 12 >>> –  Dan Patterson Oct 13 '11 at 12:24
Thanks a lot again. I figured other way to solve my problem. –  NSoni Oct 13 '11 at 13:31
@NSoni, if you asked the question and found another solution yourself, you should post your solution as another answer so others can learn from it. This community is based upon give/take. –  RyanDalton Oct 13 '11 at 14:29


In python Try to write your fields to a single list and use the max to get the maximum of the fields. Then you may use this max value to update the field you want. I dont have exact same method as your are working but I've a code for writing all the columns in a field to single list then finding the max value from it. Look at the code:

import arcpy

workspace = "C:\Data\States\States.shp"

fieldlist = arcpy.ListFields(workspace)

List = []

fc = arcpy.SearchCursor(workspace)

Total = 0

for row in fc: x = row.getValue("FID") List += [x] Total += int(x) rows.next()

print List print Total print max(List) print len(List) avg = Total/len(List) print avg

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Here is exact answer you are looking. Let me know if it solves your problem. Seeya

import arcpy

workspace = "C:\Data\States\States.shp"

fieldlist = arcpy.ListFields(workspace)

List = []

fc = arcpy.SearchCursor(workspace)

fc = arcpy.UpdateCursor(workspace) Total = 0

for row in fc: a = int(row.getValue("FID")) b = int(row.getValue("Region")) c = int(row.getValue("Division")) d = int(row.getValue("STATEFP")) List = [a,b,c,d] print List e = max(List) print e row.Max = e fc.updateRow(row) fc.next()

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Thanks a lot. I already fixed it so i didnt use it. –  NSoni Dec 14 '11 at 15:41

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