I have a segmented line (road) dataset and I want to get the number of times each road is segmented.

In SQL it's just

SELECT RoadMntnc, count(RoadMntnc) AS count
FROM clip_DSC_Roads
GROUP BY RoadMntnc

How do I do the same in field calculator?

Sample data is in https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1RL7VZL_giZuZ9xVfDFgk409_RIErIB0m?usp=sharing

I assume it would be something like aggregate(count("RoadMntnc"), group_by="RoadMntnc") but this doesn't work.

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EDIT: or to your changed request it should be:

array_length( array_agg( "RoadMntnc", "RoadMntnc"))

You can use the following expression to count the segments of a line or polygon:



  • Thanks - this works but I didn't explain what I meant by segments properly. I don't mean the number of vertices on the line (each time it bends). What I meant is that a single road is made up of multiple lines with the same road name. I want to get the number of lines that make up a road. The SQL in the question does this...I want to do the same in field calculator. It should be some form of the aggregate/group_by expression but I can't figure it out.
    – GeorgeC
    Sep 5, 2019 at 5:43
  • this should be: array_length( array_agg( "RoadMntnc", "RoadMntnc"))
    – eurojam
    Sep 5, 2019 at 6:09
  • -brilliant. That works well. Good value for money on this question where you have given 2 great answers that will both be helpful. :-)
    – GeorgeC
    Sep 5, 2019 at 6:13

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