I did a one to many spatial join and ended up with an attribute table as follows: Lets say we have 5 different IDs that have numerical values in 500 rows. I need to sum the values for each ID, and end up with 5 rows of data containing the ID and the total of all values that had that ID. Is group by the right tool for this? If so, how exactly do I use it?

Please note that these numbers are simplified and the actual number of rows is much larger.

  • can I do that in the spatial join one to one (instead of one to many) and sum that field in specific for all intersections with the same ID?
    – Solaire
    Oct 16, 2014 at 20:40
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    This question is essentially a duplicate of any number of questions dealing with grouping/summarizing data: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/95803/…, gis.stackexchange.com/questions/102507/…
    – phloem
    Oct 16, 2014 at 21:05
  • okay so the answer to them is using summary statistics.... I knew the tool existed. I just don't know how to utilize it in my case, which is clearly different from both cases.
    – Solaire
    Oct 17, 2014 at 12:57

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If you are only interested in the attribute table, you can use the Summary Statistics tool, where 'Statistics Fields' = fields to sum, 'Statistics Type' = SUM, and 'Case Field' = ID.

  • I guess I could join that to the original shapefile
    – Solaire
    Oct 17, 2014 at 13:02

You can use the Dissolve tool.

You choose the dissolve field (ID) and then SUM for the statistics.

  • thanks for sharing, from the looks of it the dissolve tool can be helpful when dealing with huge tables (hundreds of thousands of rows).
    – Solaire
    Oct 17, 2014 at 20:06

Right click the field and choose "Summarize" then choose your field and the method by which to summarize that field. Sum is what you are looking for.

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