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get unique values for shapefile

Question asked by landactive on Jun 7, 2017
Latest reply on Jun 8, 2017 by jimcousins

I would like to create a set of unique values from a shapefile contained within an arcmap project. Most of the codes I see do this with feature classes and point to a geodatabase. I prefer not to point to anything outside of my current layers in the project window. How do I go about doing this?

I would like to do the following:

get unique values from a shapefile table save the unique values to an array (for use in a loop) print the unique values out to the screen For this example we'll call the shapefile in the map "location" and the field name "points"