COUNTA Function
Generates the count of nonnull rows in a specified column, optionally counted by group. Generated value is of Integer type.
Note
Empty string values are counted. Null values are not counted.
Note
When added to a transformation, this function calculates the number of values in the specified column, as displayed in the current sample. Counts are not applied to the entire dataset until you run the job. If you change your sample or run the job, the computed values for this function are updated. Transformations that change the number of rows in subsequent recipe steps do not affect the value for the already computed instance of COUNTA
.
For a version of this function computed over a rolling window of rows, see ROLLINGCOUNTA Function.
Wrangle vs. SQL: This function is part of Wrangle, a proprietary data transformation language. Wrangle is not SQL. For more information, see Wrangle Language.
Basic Usage
counta(name)
Output: Returns the count of nonempty values in the name
column.
Syntax and Arguments
counta(function_col_ref) [group:group_col_ref] [limit:limit_count]
Argument  Required?  Data Type  Description 

function_col_ref  Y  string  Name of column to which to apply the function 
For more information on the group
parameter, see Pivot Transform.
function_col_ref
Name of the column from which to count values based on the grouping.
Literal values are not supported as inputs.
Multiple columns and wildcards are not supported.
Usage Notes:
Required?  Data Type  Example Value 

Yes  String (column reference)  myValues 
Examples
Tip
For additional examples, see Common Tasks.
Example  Simple row count
This example demonstrates how to count the number of values and nonnull values within a group.
Functions:
Item  Description 

COUNTA Function  Generates the count of nonnull rows in a specified column, optionally counted by group. Generated value is of Integer type. 
COUNTDISTINCT Function  Generates the count of distinct values in a specified column, optionally counted by group. Generated value is of Integer type. 
Source:
In the following example, the seventh row is an empty string, and the eighth row is a null value.
rowId  Val 

r001  val1 
r002  val1 
r003  val1 
r004  val2 
r005  val2 
r006  val3 
r007  (empty) 
r008  (null) 
Transformation:
Apply a COUNTA
function on the source column:
Transformation Name 


Parameter: Formula type  Single row formula 
Parameter: Formula  COUNTA(Val) 
Parameter: New column name  'fctnCounta' 
Apply a COUNTDISTINCT
function on the source:
Transformation Name 


Parameter: Formula type  Single row formula 
Parameter: Formula  COUNTDISTINCT(Val) 
Parameter: New column name  'fctnCountdistinct' 
Results:
Below, both functions count the number of values in the column, with COUNTDISTINCT
counting distinct values only. The empty value for r007
is counted by both functions.
rowId  Val  fctnCountdistinct  fctnCounta 

r001  val1  4  7 
r002  val1  4  7 
r003  val1  4  7 
r004  val2  4  7 
r005  val2  4  7 
r006  val3  4  7 
r007  (empty)  4  7 
r008  (null)  4  7 