I'm looking to create five fields of grouped means within 33 shapefiles. I'm using the Graphical Modeler to save me using the Field Calculator 5 x 33 times.

The new fields are the means of the traffic volumes ("AADT") of five modes, grouped by road types ("DESC_TERM") in the shapefiles. These functions work when calculating 'manually':

mean( "AADTallc_1" ,  "DESC_TERM" , "AADTallc_1" != 0.0)
mean( "AADTalllgv" ,  "DESC_TERM" , "AADTalllgv" != 0.0)
mean( "AADTTaxi" ,  "DESC_TERM" , "AADTTaxi" != 0.0)
mean( "AADTMotorc" ,  "DESC_TERM" , "AADTMotorc" != 0.0)
mean( "AADTLtBus" ,  "DESC_TERM" , "AADTLtBus" != 0.0)

I've created this flow on Graphical Modeler:

Model flow

Where for LGVs (where the model fails);

LGVs input

With the failure message "An error occurred while evaluating the calculation string: Cannot use aggregate function in this context":

Failure message

What could be going wrong?

I tried changing the parameters, but nothing seems to work.

  • Did you find any documentation that says that this should work? I'm not sure it's possible to calculate aggregates like this.
    – underdark
    Jan 20, 2018 at 19:57
  • Not in particular, I was following this video for the basic structure: youtube.com/watch?v=XyPW8mzssZE It works for the first procedure (road_car) but not the second
    – MoMiJi
    Jan 21, 2018 at 14:10
  • What does road_car do? Please include a screenshot
    – underdark
    Jan 21, 2018 at 16:34
  • road_car produces the same output as the LGVs step but for cars, using mean( "AADTallc_1" , "DESC_TERM" , "AADTallc_1" != 0.0) under Formula.
    – MoMiJi
    Jan 22, 2018 at 16:42
  • Same problem for me with 2.18.16. When i use refactor fields with 'aggregate' function from processing toolbox , it works. But not in model... Formula is concatenate( "vote" , "id_ws" , "user" NOT LIKE 'zp%' AND "user" NOT LIKE 'zp%')
    – jlSta
    Jan 26, 2018 at 14:41

1 Answer 1


The issue looks solved.

You should update since 2.18.17 is released or try to install nightly from osgeo4w with the advanced install.


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