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Why doesn't the count_selected function return an integer?

Question asked by monzay on May 23, 2017
Latest reply on May 24, 2017 by JTedrick-esristaff

I was using count_selected for the first time. Help states "Returns the number of selected answers. Used for select_multiple questions". I expected it to return an integer but it returned the number as text.


I wanted to total the number of answers from three different select_multiple questions. 



For each question I chose 1 answer and the note shows:


It did a concatenation instead of an addition


My workaround was to use the int function

int(${Repair_type_score_3}) + int(${Repair_type_score_2}) + int(${Repair_type_score_1})


Answer: 3


Ideally I would like to see the function return an actual number instead of a text number. In the meantime the Help could be updated to indicate this difference.