Frequency (Analysis)

Creates a list of the unique code occurrences and their frequency for a specified set of items in an table.

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Frequency_analysis (in_table, out_table, frequency_fields, summary_fields)
Parameter Explanation Datatype
Input Table (Required)

The table containing the field(s) that will be used to calculate frequency statistics. It can be an INFO or OLE DB table, a dBASE or a VPF table, or a feature class.

Table View | Raster Layer
Output Table (Required)

The table that will store the calculated frequency statistics.

Frequency Field(s) (Required)

The attribute field or fields that will be used to calculate frequency statistics.

Summary Field(s) (Optional)

The attribute field or fields to sum and add to the output table. Null values are excluded from this calculation.

Data types for geoprocessing tool parameters

Script Example

# Purpose: Break all multipart features into singlepart features, 
#  and generate a report of which features were separated.

# Create the geoprocessor
import arcgisscripting
gp = arcgisscripting.create()

# Create variables for the input and output feature classes
inFeatureClass = "c:/gdb.mdb/vegetation"
outFeatureClass = "c:/gdb.mdb/vegetation_singlepart"

# Use error trapping in case a problem occurs when running the tool
    # Add a field to the input (if not already present), this will be used as a unique identifier
    if not gp.ListFields(inFeatureClass,"tmpUID").Next():
        gp.AddField(inFeatureClass, "tmpUID","double")

    # Determine what the name of the Object ID is 
    fields = gp.listfields(inFeatureClass, "","oid")  
    OidFieldName =

    # Calculate the tmpUID to the OID since this is a Personal GDB, wrap the Field inside []
    exp = "[" + OidFieldName + "]"
    gp.CalculateField(inFeatureClass, "tmpUID", exp)

    # Run the tool to create a new fc with only singlepart features

    # Check if there is a different number of features in the output than there was in the input 
    if (gp.GetCount(inFeatureClass) == (gp.GetCount(outFeatureClass))):
        print "The number of features in the input is the same as in the output, so no multipart features were found"
        # If there is a difference, print out the FID of the input features which were multipart
        gp.Frequency(outFeatureClass, outFeatureClass + "_freq", "tmpUID")

        # Use a search cursor to go through the table, and print the tmpUID 
        print "Below is a list of the FIDs of all the multipart features from " + inFeatureClass
        rows = gp.SearchCursor(outFeatureClass + "_freq", "[FREQUENCY] > 1")
        row =
        while row:
            print int(row.tmpUID)
            row =

    # If an error occurred, print out the error message
    print "Error occurred"
    print gp.GetMessages()

See Also

  • Summary Statistics (Analysis)