I wrote the TOTAL_FREQUENCY values manually. But I want to automatically write this values with a script. Namely, I want to write sum of column 3 to all of the the column 5 rows. How can I do it with a script?

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The following standalone-script should do the work for ArcGIS 10.x:

import arcpy

arcpy.env.workspace = 'myGeodatabase'

cursor = arcpy.SearchCursor('myLayer', ['frequency'])
sum = 0
for row in cursor:
    sum += row[0]

cursor = arcpy.UpdateCursor('myLayer', ['total_frequency'])
for row in cursor:
    row[0] = sum

del cursor
  • should I write this script to the field calculator ? Feb 29, 2016 at 11:47
  • No, click the Python-window (should be visible next to the Open ArcToolbox-button in ArcMap). Feb 29, 2016 at 12:30
  • @HimBromBeere, you are not changing the field between the search and update cursor, thus overwritten the original field values.
    – artwork21
    Feb 29, 2016 at 13:00
  • @artwork21 Indeed, you´re right, updated Feb 29, 2016 at 13:35
  • I dont understand how to do, can you give more details ? how to use this code in ArcMAP ? Mar 1, 2016 at 8:34

The following Python script (created by Terry Giles and mentioned in this ESRI forum) allows you to sum the values of a field and paste the sum in another field. The script is designed to work in the Toolbox so that when you run it, you can enter the Layer name, Field name and output:

#args to pass in:
  ##1 = input FC or table
  ##2 = field to sum up
  ##3 = field to write sum into

import arcpy, sys

intable = sys.argv[1]
field = sys.argv[2]

# Create search cursor
rows = arcpy.SearchCursor(intable)
row = rows.Next()
x = 0.0
# Enter while loop for each feature/row
while row:
    x += row.getvalue(field)
    print x
    row = rows.next()
#note value can be rounded depending on field type

Disclaimer: I am not an ArcGIS user therefore cannot confirm if this still works as this script was first posted way back in 2007.

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    arcgisscripting is replaced by arcpy, no need to create a gp-instance. Feb 29, 2016 at 10:54
  • @HimBromBeere - Many thanks buddy! Edited post but if it is still incorrect, I would rather you post the working script as an answer and I will remove mine =)
    – Joseph
    Feb 29, 2016 at 10:58
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    No need to remove it, although it is a bit old it works for the toolbox which is other opportunity. Maybe you should reroll your edit and notice that this works for ArcGIS 9.x. In the current way it won´t work at all I guess. Feb 29, 2016 at 11:07

It seems OP seeking field calculator expression. Here is one:

def getTotal(name,field):
 mxd = arcpy.mapping.MapDocument("CURRENT")
 tbl=[row[0] for row in arcpy.da.TableToNumPyArray(lr,field)]
 return sum(tbl)


getTotal( "frekans","frequency")

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