I need to be able to calculate the median of numeric fields. I know that we aren't able to do it natively so I'm hoping that someone from the community has had to do this before and can help. There's an old post that references an older java site but its no longer available.
Basically, my organization only calculates the time between 2 dates and then gathers all those durations and finds the median. This is the only metrics they go by.
Basically, my organization only calculates the time between 2 dates and then gathers all those durations and finds the median. This is the only metrics they go by.
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On average how many numbers are you talking about finding the medium of? Because this would be a VERY complicated process to do in Quickbase without using javascript.
A type of vanilla bubble sorting. Are you trying not to use javascript?
A type of vanilla bubble sorting. Are you trying not to use javascript?
Ⲇanom the ultimate (Dan Diebolt), Champion
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Just organize a bunch of folk dancers to do the sorting
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Ⲇanom the ultimate (Dan Diebolt), Champion
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Apparently the Insertsort with Romanian folk dance is the fastest algorithm at four minutes and three seconds so I would go with that rather than the Bubblesort with Hungarian ("Csángó") folk dance which comes in at five minutes and fifteen seconds.
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Hey Dan, i'm not sure if you're making some sort of joke but welcome to the party. :)
Ⲇanom the ultimate (Dan Diebolt), Champion
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I am a pretty serious guy and would never joke around especially when dealing with mathematical topics or algorithmic folk dancers.
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I’m pretty swamped at work right now, but I’ll write the code out for you in awhile if you still need.
Ⲇanom the ultimate (Dan Diebolt), Champion
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Here is a JavaScript function getMedian that takes (1) a table dbid, (2) a query string, and (3) a fid of a numeric field and returns a promise that resolves to the median:
You call it like this:
When called on a sample application with this numeric data:
it correctly calculates the median as 80000 (average of midpoints 75000 and 85000).
The organization of this script can calculate any mean, metric or norm of a list of numeric data.
I created this hypothetical GUI interface so QuickBase developers can hardcode the most popular means, metrics and norm functions:
function getMedian(dbid, query, fid) {
return Promise.resolve(
$.get(dbid, {
act: "API_DoQuery",
query,
clist: fid,
fmt: "structured"
})
).then(function(xml) {
var data = $(`qdbapi table records record f[id=${fid}]`, xml).map(function() {
return parseFloat($(this).text());
});
data.sort((x, y) => x  y);
var ilm = Math.floor((data.length  1) / 2);
var ihm = Math.ceil((data.length  1) / 2);
var median = (data[ilm] + data[ihm]) / 2;
return median;
})
}
You call it like this:
var dbid = "bnxssrg9s";
var dbidTable = "bnzd357bm";
var apptoken = "cnurzq5cgchgjgdsdiup6cgkq6ct";
$.ajaxSetup({data: {apptoken}});
var query = "{3.GT.0}";
var fid = "8";
getMedian(dbidTable, query, fid)
.then(function(median) {
console.log(median);
});
When called on a sample application with this numeric data:
0: 60000
1: 65000
2: 70000
3: 75000
4: 85000
5: 155000
6: 160000
7: 200000
it correctly calculates the median as 80000 (average of midpoints 75000 and 85000).
The organization of this script can calculate any mean, metric or norm of a list of numeric data.
I created this hypothetical GUI interface so QuickBase developers can hardcode the most popular means, metrics and norm functions:
(Edited)
Ⲇanom the ultimate (Dan Diebolt), Champion
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Hey Dan! One more question for you, first your code RAN BEAUTIFULLY, but question how do I pass this value created by the javascript to a numeric field so that it can be reported on.
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