Comparison Operators
Comparison operators enable you to compare values in the lefthand side of an expression to the values in the righthand side of an expression.
(lefthand side) (operator) (righthand side)
These evaluations result in a Boolean true
or false
result and can be used as the basis for determining whether the transformation is executed on the row or column of data. The following operators are supported:
Operator Name  Symbol  Example Expression  Output  Notes 

less than  < 
 true  
less than or equal to  <= 
 false  The following operator generates an error: 
greater than  > 
 false  
greater than or equal to  >= 
 true  The following operator generates an error: 
equal to  ==  4 == 4  true  For this comparison operator, you must use two equals signs, or an error is generated. 
not equal to 
!=  4 <> 4  false  Both operators are supported. The following operator generates an error: 
The above examples apply to integer values only. Below, you can review how the comparison operators apply to different data types.
Usage
Comparison operators are used to determine the condition of a set of data. Typically, they are applied in evaluations of values or rows.
For example, your dataset is the following:
city 

San Francisco 
Los Angeles 
Chicago 
New York 
You could use the following transformation to flag all rows whose city
value equals San Francisco
:
Transformation Name 


Parameter: Formula type  Single row formula 
Parameter: Formula  (city == 'San Francisco') 
Your output looks like the following:
city  column1 

San Francisco  true 
Los Angeles  false 
Chicago  false 
New York  false 
You can optionally combine the above with an IF
function, which enables you to write values for true
or false
outcomes:
Transformation Name 


Parameter: Formula type  Single row formula 
Parameter: Formula  if(city == 'San Francisco', 'Home of the Giants!', 'Some other team') 
Parameter: New column name  'BaseballTeam' 
Note that the optional as:
clause can be used to rename the generated columns. See Derive Transform.
city  BaseballTeam 

San Francisco  Home of the Giants! 
Los Angeles  Some other team 
Chicago  Some other team 
New York  Some other team 
Examples
Tip
For additional examples, see Common Tasks.
Note
When a comparison is applied to a set of values, the type of data of each source value is reinferred to match any literal values used on the other side of the expression. This method allows for more powerful comparisons.
In the following examples, values taken from the MySource
column are retyped to match the inferred data type of the other side of the comparison.
Less Than (or Equal To)
Column Type  Example Transformation  Output  Notes  

Integer 

 
Decimal 
 Retains all rows in the dataset where the value in the  
Datetime 
 Retains all rows whose  You can also use the  
String (and all other data types) 



Greater Than (or Equal To)
See previous section.
Equal to
Column Type  Example Transformation  Output  Notes  

Integer 

 If the source column contains Decimal values and the righthand side is an integer value, the Decimal values that are also integers can match in the comparison (e.g.  
Decimal 
 Retains all rows in the dataset where the value in the  If the source column contains integers and the righthand side is a Decimal type value, integer values are rounded for comparison.  
Datetime 
 Retains all rows whose  
String (and all other data types) 
 Retains all rows in the dataset where the length of the string value in the 

Not Equal to
Column Type  Example Transformation  Output  Notes  

Integer 

 If the source column contains Decimal values and the righthand side is an integer value, the Decimal values that are also integers can match in the comparison (e.g.  
Decimal 
 Retains all rows in the dataset where the value in the  If the source column contains integers and the righthand side is a Decimal type value, integer values are rounded for comparison.  
Datetime 
 Retains all rows in the dataset where the  
String (and all other data types) 
 Retains all rows in the dataset where the length of the string value in the 
