How do I get statistics for a field?

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08-19-2015 06:47 AM
wilwaters
New Contributor III

In ArcMap I just right click a field and I can get the statistics for it... this is not available in Pro, or is it? I can't find it...

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JoshuaBixby
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As you already found out, the statistics you are looking for are not available in the way you are looking for them, i.e., there isn't a "statistics" context menu option with tables.  That said, the Summary Statistics tool can generate the statistics you are looking for.  You can launch the Summary Statistics tool via the 'Summarize' option in the context menu.

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JoshuaBixby
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As you already found out, the statistics you are looking for are not available in the way you are looking for them, i.e., there isn't a "statistics" context menu option with tables.  That said, the Summary Statistics tool can generate the statistics you are looking for.  You can launch the Summary Statistics tool via the 'Summarize' option in the context menu.

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wilwaters
New Contributor III

Seriously? Esri are making work for themselves. Everyone knows this is useful functionality. Just put it all in there already rolls eyes

DanPatterson_Retired
MVP Esteemed Contributor

Timothy Hales​ another one for the request pile

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TimothyHales
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Thanks Dan! Sending this one along as well.

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wilwaters
New Contributor III

Not that I want to come across as cranky, but it surprises me that you guys are going about developing this program like this. Wouldn't you want to just take what works in ArcScene, ArcGlobe and ArcMap, put them all in Pro and add the extra web publishing functionality that Pro seems aimed at? Why take away functionality from these separate programs... then inevitably come across complaints from people like me?

I'm confused and disappointed. I really like the concept of Pro and want to start using it but problems like this make it honestly more practical to persist with ArcMap and ArcScene.

Here's an idea, instead of taking away basic functionality which you will inevitably have to add back in again to avoid the risk of people turning to other software (Quantum GIS anyone?) - how about you keep it all in there and make it even easier to use. For example, add a keyboard shortcut for retrieving statistics for a field. That would be the right direction to take.

JoshuaBixby
MVP Esteemed Contributor

wil waters, don't misconstrue what I am about to say as defending Esri, I have ground many axes into sledgehammers fighting their business processes and development practices over the years, but developing a new application like ArcGIS Pro isn't quite as simple as you suggest.

To answer your first question, i.e., why not put everything that works in existing software into Pro and add onto that, users like you and I wouldn't see ArcGIS Pro for another couple years.  ArcGIS Pro was mostly a ground-up rewrite, which is a good thing in many ways because it allows some development baggage from over the years to be left behind.  Taking functionality from ArcMap, ArcScene, etc... and putting it into ArcGIS Pro isn't just porting code over, it is redesigning or reengineering it in most cases.  It took more than a decade to get ArcGIS Desktop to where it is today, I don't think most customers want to wait even half that long before seeing ArcGIS Pro for the first time.

Given Esri is a private company with a billionaire at the top, one could counter my previous statement by saying this is more about money than effort since money can pay for more developers.  There may be some truth in that suggestion, but the reality is business people don't become billionaires by spreading copious amounts of money around, which brings us back to prioritization of limited resources.  Everyone thinks the functionality he/she uses is the most important in the software.  I have never understood the organizational politics or decision making processes of how Esri determines what features get implemented when, so I can't offer a guess as to why this statistics functionality is still absent.

wilwaters
New Contributor III

Glad to hear it's a ground up rewrite, ArcMap feels like the 90s anyway. I really like Pro, it feels so much more intuitive and I work across 3D and 2D all the time so having both viewers right there just makes it feel like the program talks my language. It's just frustrating when little things like this don't get done. I appreciate your perspective on how they're having to spend their resources.

LisaSmith
New Contributor III

Hi Timothy,

This issue hasn't been fixed since this thread started.  Any idea of when we might expect one?  At the UC maybe?   Calculating a stat in Pro is quite frustrating.  Like the others have commented, we like and want a quick right-click stats function like the one in ArcMap.  I get that the method in Pro allows more flexibility, and I'm a huge fan of what Pro can do, but going through a multi-step process to find the simple sum, etc. of a field is really annoying and time consuming. 

Thanks,

Lisa

KoryKramer
Community Moderator

Lisa, we've updated the status of ‌ to In Product Plan.  I personally can't guarantee a delivery date but the hope would be that this will be included with Pro 2.1 later this year.

Hope this info helps.