I'm trying to produce a map with different categories based on four columns (lag, mlag, mhog and hog), these are income status. I want each polygon in the map to be represented by whatever number who is the highest among these four columns, thus making it a map with four different categories that represent the most prevalent income in that area.

I.e. for FID 0 it will be 'hog'

I figure it must be something related to Symbology but there is no option to select categories based upon highest number or something like it.

I hope I was clear enough, the task is quite simple I think but I can't really see right now how I should do it.

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  • Do you want a map of four categories or for example a map that show the actual highest number?
    – BERA
    Mar 21, 2017 at 9:53
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    Oh, I should've mentioned it. I want a map with four categories separated by colour. But defined by the highest number of these four columns.
    – Mutumba
    Mar 21, 2017 at 9:54
  • Please edit the question in response to requests for clarification.
    – Vince
    Mar 21, 2017 at 10:54

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Script below will add a new field called highestcat and fill with name of the highest category. You can then use this field to set the symbology:

import arcpy,operator
fc=r'C:\TEST.gdb\polygons' #change to match your data
arcpy.AddField_management(in_table=fc, field_name='highestcat', field_type='TEXT',field_length=10)
with arcpy.da.UpdateCursor(fc,fieldlist) as cursor:
    for row in cursor:
        index, value = max(enumerate(row[:4]), key=operator.itemgetter(1))

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    This solved my problem, thank you very much for writing this script for me!
    – Mutumba
    Mar 21, 2017 at 10:21

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