In my attribute table, I have 2 columns with qualitative (categorical) data. Both of them are from different sources so I am trying to find the percent of matched data from these 2 columns. I created a new column labeled 'Matched', and wrote the following codeblock in the Field Calculator to determine the values, but I am getting an error on line 2-3. Do I have to convert them to string using str()?

def matchedRecords(x):
    x = (column.name)
    x2 = (column2.name)

    if x == x2:
        resultIs = "Matched"
        resultIs = "Unmatched"
    return resultIs

And then matchedRecords(!Matched!) in the second area of the Field Calculator. I want to determine the total matched values versus unmatched values to find the percentage. Is this the best way to do it? Thanks.

  • 2
    The simplest way is to compare the record count to the selection count when selecting all records with a match (which is a simple query requiring no table calculations).
    – whuber
    Commented Jan 13, 2014 at 18:00
  • 1
    You're right. This was much simpler. Thank you for your help. Just ran a query to select the records that are equal in both columns.
    – kaoscify
    Commented Jan 13, 2014 at 18:55

2 Answers 2


I think the logic is incorrect for what you are trying to accomplish. I believe you need to pass the first two columns in the function:

def matchedRecords(A, B):
    if A == B:
        results = "Matched"
        results = "Unmatched"
    return results

Then in the field calculator for the Matched field:

matchedRecords(!column1!, !column2!)

This is untested, but should work. Once you have the number (count) of matched vs unmatched, you can calculate a percentage.

  • This worked, as did the query method suggested by whuber. Thank you!
    – kaoscify
    Commented Jan 13, 2014 at 18:56
  • Yes, whuber's solution is much easier
    – Barbarossa
    Commented Jan 13, 2014 at 20:05

You can obtain the number of matching feature after selecting the feature where both fields are equal in the attribute table.

Selection > select by attribute, using the following SQL statement

[fieldA] = [fieldB]

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then you can read the number of selected features at the bottom of your attribute table (see image) or when you use the selection snippet in the table of content.

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