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Iterative position within Field Calculator/Python

I need to calculate a field for a data set that is grouped by county. At each change in county I need the column to start from 1 and progress up until the end of the county group and then start over.

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Can you please provide more detail? i.e. version, and maybe a screenshot of the dbf? –  Emily Apr 20 '12 at 15:17
Please be more descriptive -- I don't follow the "at each change in county I need the column to start from 1 and progress..." –  Roy Apr 20 '12 at 15:20
So I have a large set of grids that overlay each county and there is a column named 'County' with the name of that county. There is a column named 'Tile' that needs to start at the integer '1' and each new grid would progress by +1 until the end of the county group. Then the next county group would start over at '1' and progress by +1. –  Andy Apr 20 '12 at 15:20
This is very similar to this question: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/22751/… –  Stev_k Apr 20 '12 at 15:30
Thank you for pointing me to that. I looked and must have passed over this. –  Andy Apr 20 '12 at 15:32

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Using Python in the field calculator is really best for very simple operations. Any time you have to change values based on a field, it gets a bit too complicated for my liking. You might want to script it instead using cursors

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