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How to simplify a Multi_Row Formula instead of repeating it 5 times?


Need help.


My data sometimes has more than 1 row for an item.  B only occurs here and there.  But, it is always preceded by an A.   Everything else is just an A.  


When an A - B pair exists, I need A to be changed to reflect the product of [A] + [B].  This is the desired end-state.


I was able to setup a Multi-Row Formula tool.   But, that was when I was only dealing with 1 group.   Now, I have to scale it to 5 Groups.   I can do it, but only by threading 5 Multi-Row Formula Tools (1 for each category).  Is there a better way to implement this.



Item IDCostTypeGroup1Group2Group3Group4Group5




The screenshot is from my actual data, so the groups (column headers) are a bit different.



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If only there was a combined multi-row and field tool...  You could:

  1. Transpose your data, selecting Item ID and CostType as key fields and your group fields as data fields
  2. Sort by Name, Item ID, and CostType
  3. Perform your multi-row calc
  4. Cross-Tab back to your original format

This doesn't save you that many tools with your current data structure but is more dynamic  if let's say you end up having 50 group columns.


Hope this helps.


If each Item ID only has one "A" and/or "B", another option could be to use a Summarize tool instead of a Multi-Row Formula tool: