Calculate Column Aggregate

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Calculate Column Aggregate

This document has been revised for Presence version 3.6.

The Column Aggregate Node performs the following statistical functions on a column of data in the Data Table:

  • Mean
  • Sum
  • Minimum
  • Maximum
  • Count
  • Median 1
  • Standard Deviation 1

1 Features available in Presence 3.6 and later.

To include this Node in your Task drop a "Calculate Column Aggregate" Task Element into your Task design from the Data Access Task Elements list, after which you will be presented with the following dialog box:

There are four configuration options to set for this Node:

  • Data Column - Choose the Data Column that you wish to perform the calculation on.
  • Aggregate Type - Choose which type of aggregate function you wish to perform
  • Variable - The name variable which should store the result
  • Variable Scope - see Variables for a description of variable scope.
  • Rules - set the Rules for runtime evaluation.


Statistical mean. This is calculated by adding together all values in the column and dividing the result by the number of records.

Example: The average of 10,15,12,11,19,7,18 is 13.142857


This is the middle number if all numbers are arranged in ascending order (assuming an odd number of values). If there is an even number of values the mean is taken of the two middle values.

Example: The median of 10,15,12,11,19,7,18 is 11

Standard Deviation

Calculates the square root of the variance from the mean. This is achieved as follows:

  1. Calculate the mean
  2. For each value calculate the difference between that value and the mean
  3. Square that number
  4. Add them all together
  5. Divide by total number of values
  6. Take square root

Example: The standard deviation of 2,4,6,8,10 is 2.8243

Which equals (where m = mean, or 6.0):

(2-m)2 = -42 = 16

+ (4-m)2 = -22 = 4 + (6-m>2 = 02 = 0 + (8-m)2 = 22 = 4 + (10-m)2 = 42 = 16

= 40

40 / 5 = 8

Square root of 8 = 2.8243


This is the total of all the values in the data range.

Example: The sum of 10,15,12,11,19,7,18 is 92.


This is the lowest value in the data range.

Example: The minimum of 10,15,12,11,19,7,18 is 7.


This is the highest value in the data range.

Example: The maximum of 10,15,12,11,19,7,18 is 19.


This is a count of all records.

Non-Numeric values

All non-numeric values will be ignored when calculating these results.

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