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Trying to ""Count"" the number of selections in a multi-select text field

Archive User10-03-2016 15:36

  • 1.  Trying to ""Count"" the number of selections in a multi-select text field

    Posted 04-23-2016 19:11

    Hi,

    I have a multi-select text field : [ERP Products]

    I'm trying to have a Formula - Numeric field, to count the number of products that were selected.

    I have tried something like this:

    var Numeric ERPCounter = List(",",ToText[ERP Products]));   // to get the text list of the products, then have a "," delimited, so that the next (Count) function would work.

    Then used:

    Count($ERPCounter)

    That doesn't seem to be working.

    Trying to find a way to count those products. Any ideas?

    Thanks!



  • 2.  RE: Trying to ""Count"" the number of selections in a multi-select text field

    Posted 04-23-2016 19:44
    I'm not sure if this is the best way to do it, but I did figure a way. It requires a bit of maintenance to the formula as products are added to the list, but here's what I did, in case it's helpful to anyone:

    My [ERP Products] field is a multi-select text
    Created a new Formula Text field [ERPProductsText]
    List:
    � Product1
    � Product2
    Formula: ToText(ERPProductsText]
    Will result in:
    Product1;Product2

    Create a Formula - Numeric field [ProductCounter]
    Sum(
    If (Contains([ERPProductsText],"Product1"),1,0),
    If (Contains([ERPProductText],"Product2"),1,0)
    )

    For every new entry in the Product list, a new line is needed in the counter formula.


  • 3.  RE: Trying to ""Count"" the number of selections in a multi-select text field

    Posted 04-23-2016 20:27
    This formula will require no maintenance.  Just don't have a semi colon in one of the choices though.



    Try this

    var text value = ToText([Multi select]);



    Count(

    Trim(Part($value,1,";")),

    Trim(Part($value,2,";")),

    Trim(Part($value,3,";")),

    Trim(Part($value,4,";")),

    Trim(Part($value,5,";")),

    Trim(Part($value,6,";")),

    Trim(Part($value,7,";")),

    Trim(Part($value,8,";")),

    Trim(Part($value,9,";")),

    Trim(Part($value,10,";")),

    Trim(Part($value,11,";")),

    Trim(Part($value,12,";")),

    Trim(Part($value,13,";")),

    Trim(Part($value,14,";")),

    Trim(Part($value,15,";")),

    Trim(Part($value,16,";")),

    Trim(Part($value,17,";")),

    Trim(Part($value,18,";")),

    Trim(Part($value,19,";")),

    Trim(Part($value,20,";"))

    )


  • 4.  RE: Trying to ""Count"" the number of selections in a multi-select text field

    Posted 04-23-2016 20:31
    Thanks Mark! this works a treat, and removes the management aspect of that field. Cheers!


  • 5.  RE: Trying to ""Count"" the number of selections in a multi-select text field

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    Contributor
    Posted 09-29-2016 14:30
    Leveraging Mark's awesome formula to pull the Sum...

    var text value = ToText([MultiSelectFieldName]);
    Sum(
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,1,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,2,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,3,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,4,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,5,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,6,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,7,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,8,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,9,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,10,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,11,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,12,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,13,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,14,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,15,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,16,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,17,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,18,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,19,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,20,";")))
    )


  • 6.  RE: Trying to ""Count"" the number of selections in a multi-select text field

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    Contributor
    Posted 10-03-2016 14:34
    >This formula will require no maintenance.

    When QuickBase finally replaces the Formula Language with JavaScript that "no maintenance" Formula will have to be replaced with JavaScript. It is inevitable!

    Atwood's Law
    http://cryptochaos.com/atwoods-law-any-application-that-can-be-writt


  • 7.  RE: Trying to ""Count"" the number of selections in a multi-select text field

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    Contributor
    Posted 10-03-2016 15:36
    It's good to be a consultant...


  • 8.  RE: Trying to ""Count"" the number of selections in a multi-select text field

    Posted 04-21-2019 01:58
    It seems that the above solution has worked for people previously, but I am having a hard time with it. When I insert my multi-select text field after the ToText command, I get an error stating that was not expecting a textlist. It will still save, but doesn't return any results. I'm fairly new to this platform, so I'm not sure if I'm just doing something wrong or if this really isn't possible. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


  • 9.  RE: Trying to ""Count"" the number of selections in a multi-select text field

    Posted 04-21-2019 02:23
    I suggest you post your formula if you say it doesn�t work.


  • 10.  RE: Trying to ""Count"" the number of selections in a multi-select text field

    Posted 04-23-2019 18:59
    Sorry for the delay. I have just copied the formula that you have shared above and changed the multi select field to the field in my app...

    var text value = ToText([Caller Needs, Interests, Drivers]);
    Sum(
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,1,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,2,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,3,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,4,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,5,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,6,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,7,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,8,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,9,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,10,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,11,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,12,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,13,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,14,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,15,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,16,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,17,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,18,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,19,";"))),
    ToNumber(Trim(Part($value,20,";")))
    )

    I have this in formula numeric field and trying to hopefully get a pie graph out of the data.


  • 11.  RE: Trying to ""Count"" the number of selections in a multi-select text field

    Posted 04-23-2019 19:31
    Try changing Sum to Count


  • 12.  RE: Trying to ""Count"" the number of selections in a multi-select text field

    Posted 04-21-2019 02:03
    I hope my memory serves me correct.  I **think**, there is a bug in the ToText function with the "Text Lists". The way to know is, if it saves anyway, despite the error, you might be ok. 

    Hopefully someone from the QuickBase can confirm or deny this.



  • 13.  RE: Trying to ""Count"" the number of selections in a multi-select text field

    Posted 04-21-2019 02:22
    There is no bug in the ToText function other than the preview of the syntax editor while you were entering the formula gives a false warning. But it will save just fine and it will work just fine


  • 14.  RE: Trying to ""Count"" the number of selections in a multi-select text field

    Posted 04-21-2019 02:25
    Thanks for confirming! I recall having seen something in another thread a couple days ago ( I think from you ). Just didn�t remember if it was the function itself or the formula editor itself.