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I am trying to make a model that will symbolize data quickly, but wanted to see if a model could perform a definition query or multiple definition queries on a large data set.

If this is possible, how could one set that up?

  • I dont think there is a tool to set a definition query but there are tool to create view or query layer that may let you do the same thing if you use a database to store your data – J.R Oct 28 '19 at 14:42
  • ArcGIS tools honor selections (any tool will only execute on the selected features) so use a Select by Attribute in your model which will function just like a definition query would. – GBG Oct 28 '19 at 14:50
  • Inline with @J.R you can use the Make FeatureLayer tool and set a query that will filter data, so just like a definition query but sometimes it may be more efficient to pre-process your data and do a select and export to a temporary location as suggested by user GBG above. – Hornbydd Oct 28 '19 at 15:57
  • What does your test model look like? – PolyGeo Oct 28 '19 at 19:56

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