Let's say I have a layer made up of pre-selected features from another layer:

selects = arcpy.SelectLayerByAttribute_management (S_FIRM_Pan, "NEW_SELECTION", "DFIRM_ID = '{}'".format(fipC))

If I get a count of the number of these selected features, I get says, 199.

getCount = arcpy.GetCount_management(selects)

Checking in arcMap, I can see that this is the correct number. I then try to use arcpy.da.SearchCursor to get all of the values for a certain field for selects:

raw_firm_pan = [row[0] for row in arcpy.da.SearchCursor(selects, "FIRM_PAN")]

If I use print(len(raw_firm_pan)) it only gives me 198 items. When I print it out and compare it to the actual rows for selects in arcMap, it appears that the last row is being cut off! How can I fix this?

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    selects is a result object, not a layer which you can pass to the SearchCursor. Try: raw_firm_pan = [row[0] for row in arcpy.da.SearchCursor(S_FIRM_Pan, "FIRM_PAN") then len(raw_firm_pan) Or try passing the layer to getCount: arcpy.GetCount_management(S_FIRM_Pan)
    – BERA
    Sep 20, 2018 at 18:22
  • The problem with this approach is I don't want to search all of the layer S_FIRM_Pan, only the items "selected" by attribute; hence my selects. And despite it being a results object, I am able to get all of the items from selects into list raw_firm_pan. All of them except the last row. It is the missing values from the last row that is the mystery.
    – gwydion93
    Sep 20, 2018 at 18:37
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    After you use select by attribute S_FIRM_Pan will only consist of the selected features. The "unselected" S_FIRM_Pan will have been replaced
    – BERA
    Sep 20, 2018 at 18:41
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    If you want to keep S_FIRM_Pan use MakeFeatureLayer on it and pass the sql statement to this. You will then get a new layer with only the matching records and not mess up your original layer.
    – BERA
    Sep 20, 2018 at 18:48
  • arrays start at 0..... not sure if this applies to your count issue.
    – NULL.Dude
    Sep 20, 2018 at 20:02

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I would use this coding pattern instead:

raw_firm_pan = [row[0] for row in arcpy.da.SearchCursor(S_FIRM_Pan, "FIRM_PAN", "DFIRM_ID = '{}'".format(fipC))]

I have applied the selection using a where_clause when creating the cursor object instead of using the arcpy.SelectLayerByAttribute_management() function. I rarely use the latter because many ArcPy functions allow you to use a where_clause.

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