I have problem with Field Calculator, using ArcGIS 10.2. I tried to write a statement but I don't know what is wrong.

I have two columns:

The first contains a number code. Every code represents some text data. For example: "1" means "trees,etc."

The second column (string) is empty and should contain text data. Could you help me with Python ?

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    Publish the Python code you are running, we will take a look. Commented Aug 25, 2015 at 14:56
  • Below i pasted code Commented Aug 25, 2015 at 15:43

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Your code is not correctly formatted Python code:

  1. Indentation is important in Python, as it defines where functions and conditions start and end.
  2. You need a : after the function definition
  3. The correct operator for equality-comparison is the == and not simply = which assigns a value to a variable.

Also, with respect to the field calculator in ArcGIS, if you use a function to calculate your value, you also will need to check the "Show Codeblock" check box.

In your case, you have two possibilities:

  1. Your if/else-statement is very simple, so you could rewrite in a single Python line, and there is no need for a codeblock:

    "SampleText" if !Coded! == 1 else "SampleText_2"
  2. Using a code block, with the code block checkbox activated, the code block should be:

    def Text_d(Coded):
        if Coded == 1:
            return "SampleText"
            return "SampleText_2"

    and then in the "Coded=" box below you would need to write:


    This second method gives you the possibility to use many Python functionalities such as nested conditions:

    def Text_d(Coded):
        if Coded == 1:
            return "SampleText"
        elif Coded == 2:
            return "SampleText_2"
            return "SampleText_3"
  • Ok, that way helped me but how to calculate for more conditions? I mean more "if`s", f.e 1 =="sample text_1", 2 == "sample_text_2", etc. Commented Aug 25, 2015 at 16:54
  • I tried use it for more conditions and didnt work :/ Any idea whats wrong? Commented Aug 25, 2015 at 17:09
  • It was mistake in last line of code (else Coded == 3, should be else:) Commented Aug 25, 2015 at 17:23

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