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Help with ListFields and CalculateField_management syntax

Question asked by jplay on Aug 29, 2012
Latest reply on Aug 29, 2012 by jplay
I need some assistance with the syntax for a CalculateField_management calculation as I have still yet to master all the python syntax rules.

What I am trying to do is find the max value in a variable number of fields in order to populate another field. I am using the ListFields function to discover the desired fields to choose from, but getting that list into the formula is giving me some difficulty.

import arcpy, os, string LAYERS = arcpy.GetParameterAsText(0) SLOSHFILEDS = [ for f in arcpy.ListFields(LAYERS,"","DOUBLE") arcpy.CalculateField_management (LAYERS, "MAXSURGE", max(SLOSHFILEDS))

I have tried any number of different string combinations for the max() calc to no avail (not that this particular variation shows that).

Adding/Changing the following to the script doesn't give me the syntax error that I would recieve with the above, but it does give me a "The calculate value is invalid for the row with ObjectID = 0..." x 18,526 (or however many rows are in my table) and then does nothing to the table except populate my MAXSURGE field with 0's.

SLOSHFILEDS = arcpy.ListFields(LAYERS,"","DOUBLE") fieldNameList = [] for field in SLOSHFILEDS:         if not field.required:             fieldNameList.append( arcpy.CalculateField_management (LAYERS, "MAXSURGE", max(fieldNameList))

Hard coding the field names into the formula works great, but of course, I will not always have the same number of fields or same field names to work with.

Any help would be appreciated.