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Join Features expressions

The Join Features tool uses Arcade expressions to specify join conditions. In some cases, you may want to specify a condition to select features that should be included in the join. You can perform simple join conditions (such as field a > field c) as well as advanced conditions. The conditions are tested against each feature to determine what is analyzed. Calculations are performed when the analysis runs on your ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server

At ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6 and later, expressions are formatted using Arcade. Using Arcade, field names in Join Features are formatted as $target["field name"] and $join["field name"] or $target.fieldname and $jon.fieldname. The first option, $target["field name"] and $join["field name"], is required when a field name includes a space. All examples below use this option.

Note:
Join Features requires two inputs, a target layer and a join layer. Accordingly, any Arcade expression in Join Features must outline which dataset is being used. For example, an operation to calculate whether a field in the target layer named field1 is greater than a field in the join layer named field2 would be expressed as $target["field1"] > $join["field2"]. This is different from expressions in other GeoAnalytics Tools, which use the format $feature["fieldname"].

Learn more about Arcade expressions

Arcade expressions are used in GeoAnalytics Server by the following tools:

Mathematical operator and function examples

Expressions are able to mathematically process numbers. The following table shows a sample of available operations.

Learn more about mathematical operations and functions available in Arcade

OperatorExplanationExampleResult

a + b

a plus b.

fieldname contains a value of 1.5

$target["fieldname"] + 2.5

4.0

a - b

a minus b.

fieldname contains a value of 3.3

$target["fieldname"]- 2.2

1.1

a * b

a times b.

fieldname contains a value of 2.0

$join["fieldname"] * 2.2

4.4

a / b

a divided by b.

fieldname contains a value of 4.0

$join["fieldname"] / 1.25

3.2

abs( a )

Returns the absolute (positive) value of a.

fieldname contains a value of -1.5

abs($target["fieldname"])

1.5

log( a )

Returns the natural logarithm (base E) of a.

fieldname contains a value of 1

log($join["fieldname"])

0

sin( a )

Returns the trigonometric sine of a. The input is assumed to be an angle in radians.

fieldname contains a value of 1.5707

sin($target["fieldname"])

1

cos( a )

Returns the trigonometric cosine of a. The input is assumed to be an angle in radians.

fieldname contains a value of 0

cos($join["fieldname"])

1

tan( a )

Returns the tangent of a. The input is assumed to be an angle in radians.

fieldname contains a value of 0

tan($target["fieldname"])

0

sqrt( a )

Returns the square root of a.

fieldname contains a value of 9

sqrt($join["fieldname"])

3

min( a, b )

Returns the lowest-valued number between a and b.

fieldname contains a value of 1.5, and a value of -3

min($join["fieldname"], -3)

-3

max( a, b )

Returns the highest-valued number between a or b.

fieldname1 contains a value of 1.5, and fieldname2 contains a value of -3

max($target["fieldname1"], $join["fieldname2"])

1.5

constrain(<value>,<low>,<high>)

Returns the input value if it's within the constraining bounds. If the input value is less than the low value, it returns the low value. If the input value is greater than the high value, it returns the high value.

constrain($target["distance"], 0, 10)

constrain($join['Store dist'], 6, distance)

Returns 0 if distance is less than 0, 10 if distance is greater than 10, and distance otherwise.

Returns 6 if Store dist is less than 6, distance if Store dist is greater than distance, and Store dist otherwise.

Multiplication example for a join condition expression using a field from the target dataset.

$target["Distance"] * 2 > $join["DistField"]

Text function examples

Join condition expressions are able to process text. The following table shows a sample of available operations.

Learn more about text functions available in Arcade

OperatorExplanationExampleResult

concatenate( <values>, <separator>)

Concatenates values together and returns a string.

  • values—An array of string values to concatenate.
  • separator (optional)—A separator to use for concatenation if the values parameter is an array, or a string to concatenate if a single value is provided for the first parameter. If not provided, it will be empty.

fieldname contains a value of GeoAnalytics

Concatenate ([$target["fieldname"], "is", "great!"], ' ')

GeoAnalytics is great!

find(<searchText>, <text>, <startPos>)

Finds a string within a string. Wildcards are not supported.

  • searchText—The substring to search for.
  • text—The text to search.
  • startPos (optional)—The zero-based index of the location in the string to search from.

fieldname1 contains a value of 14NorthStreet and fieldname2 contains a value of North

find($target["fieldname2"], $join["fieldname1"])

2

lower(<value>)

Makes a string lowercase.

  • value—The string to be made lowercase.

fieldname contains a value of GEOANALYTICS

lower($join["fieldname"])

geoanalytics

Text example using find and lower.

find(("north"), lower("146NorthStreet")) == False

Date function examples

Join expressions are able to process dates. The following table shows a sample of available operations.

Learn more about date functions available in Arcade

In Arcade, month values range from 0 (January) to 11 (December), days from 1 to 31, hours from 0 (12:00 a.m.) to 23 (11:00 p.m.), minutes and seconds from 0 to 59, and milliseconds from 0 to 999. Arcade dates return time values in the location of your GeoAnalytics Server.

OperatorExplanationExampleResult

date( <value>, <month>, <day>, <hour>, <minute>)

Parses a value or set of values into a date string.

  • value(optional)— Either the number of milliseconds since January 1, 1970 UTC or a number representing a year. If a year is specified, the month and day must also be provided in subsequent parameters. This value can also be a date string or an ISO 8601 string to be converted into a date.
  • month (optional)—The month (0–11), where 0 is January and 11 is December.
  • day (optional)—The day of the month (1–31).
  • hour (optional)—The hour of the day (0–23).
  • minute (optional)—The minute of the hour (0–59).
  • second (optional)—The second of the minute (0–59).
  • millisecond (optional)—The millisecond of the second (0–999).

fieldname contains a value of 1476987783555

Example 1: Date($target["fieldname"])

Example 2: Date(2017,0,14,0)

Example 3: Date()

Example 1: 20 Oct 2016 11:23:03 am

Example 2: 14 Jan 2017 12:00:00 am

Example 3: Returns the current time

DateDiff(<date1>, <date2>, <units>)

Subtracts two dates and returns the difference in the specified units.

  • date1—The date value from which to subtract a second date.
  • date2—The date value to subtract from the first given date.
  • startpos (optional)—The units used to return the difference of the two given dates. The supported unit types are milliseconds, seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, and years. The default value is milliseconds.

Example 1: DateDiff(Date(2017,1,14,0), Date())

Example 2: DateDiff(Date(2017,1,14,0), Date(), "Years")

Result will vary depending on when you run this command.

Example 1: -20532129137

Example 2: -0.6546783768647119

Year(<dateValue>)

Returns the year of the given date

  • value—A date value identifying the year.

Example 1: fieldname is a field of type Date with a value of value of 09 Oct 2017 04:30:43 pm

Year($join["fieldname"])

Example 2: fieldname is a string field formatted as an ISO 8601 string with a value of 2012-09-27

Example 2: fieldname is a string field formatted as an ISO 8601 string with a value of Year(Date($target["fieldname"]))

Example 1: 2017

Example 2: 2012

Conditional operators

Conditional statements can use the following operators:

OperatorExplanationExampleResults

a > b

a < b

a is greater than b

a is less than b

10 > 2

False

a >= b

a <= b

a is greater than or equal to b

a is less than or equal to b

abs(-10) >= 10

True

a != b

a is not equal to b

abs(-3) != -3

True

a == b

a is equal to b

abs(-5) == 5

True

<condition1> || <condition2>

Condition 1 or condition 2 is met.

(abs(-5) == 5) || (10 < 2)

True

<condition1> && <condition2>

Condition 1 and condition 2 are met.

(abs(-5) == 5) && (10 < 2)

False

Logical operator examples

In addition to the conditional operators, more advanced logical operators can be used to join features.

Learn more about logical functions available in Arcade

FunctionExplanationExampleResult

constrain(<value>,<low>,<high>)

Returns the input value if it's within the constraining bounds. If the input value is less than the low value, it returns the low value. If the input value is greater than the high value, it returns the high value.

constrain( $target["distance"], 0, 10)

constrain($join['Store dist'], 6, distance)

Returns 0 if distance is less than 0, 10 if distance is greater than 10, and distance otherwise.

Returns 6 if Store dist is less than 6, distance if Store dist is greater than distance, and Store dist otherwise.

iff(<condition>,<true value>,<false value>)

Returns one value if a condition evaluates to true and returns another value if the condition evaluates to false.

<true value> and <false value> can be the following:

  • A numeric field. If there is a space in the field name, use square brackets.
  • A number.
  • A function.

iff($target["field1"] > $join["field2"], $join["field1"], 0)

iff($target["field1"] > $join["field2"], iff($target["field2"] = 0, $join["field3"], $target["field4"]), 0)

Returns field1 if field1 is greater than field2, and 0 otherwise.

Returns the result of the second iff function if field1 is greater than field2, and 0 otherwise.

when(<expression1> , <result1> , <expression2> , <result2> , ... , <expressionN> , <resultN>, <default>)

Evaluates a series of expressions in order until one evaluates to true.

  • expression—An expression.
  • result—The result of the expression. It can be a number or field.
  • default—An optional value if none of the expressions match.

when(($target["field1"] + 10) > 1, 1,($join["field2"] + 10) > 2 , 2, $target["field3"])

If field1 + 10 is greater than 1, it returns 1. If not, it checks if field2 + 10 is greater than 2. If it is, it returns 2. If not, it returns field3.

decode(<conditional val> , <case1> , <result1>, <case2>, <result2>, ... <caseN>, <resultN>, <defaultValue> )

Evaluates an expression and compares its value with subsequent parameters. If the expression matches, it returns the next parameter value. If none match, there is the option for the last parameter to be a default return value.

  • conditional val—A conditional value. It can be a field or an expression.
  • case—A value to be compared to the conditional val.
  • result—The result if the corresponding case matches the conditional val.
  • defaultValue—An optional value if no other values are true.

decode($target["field1"] + 3 , $join["field1"], 1, $target["field2"], 2, 0)

Compares equality between the conditional val field1 + 3 and case1 field1. If true, it returns 1. If false, it compares the equality between field1 + 3 and field2. If true, it returns 2; otherwise, it returns 0.

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