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Tests whether a set of values is valid for a specified data type and is not a null value.

  • For a specified data type and set of values, this function returns true or false
  • Inputs can be literal values or column references.

You can use the ISVALID function keywords interchangeably.

  • You can define a conditional test in a single step for valid values. See IFVALID Function.
  • This function is similar to the ISMISMATCHED function, which tests for mismatches against a specified data type. However, the ISMISMATCHED function also matches against missing values, while the ISVALID function does not. See ISMISMATCHED Function.

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Column reference example:

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keep row:(ISVALID(Qty, 'Integer') && (Qty > 0))

Output: Keeps any row in which the value in the Qty column contains a valid Integer and the value is greater than zero. 

Numeric literal example:

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derive type:single value: ISVALID('ZZ', 'State')

Output: Generates a new column containing false, since the value ZZ is not a valid U.S. State code.

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derive type:single value:ISVALID(column_string,datatype_literal)

ArgumentRequired?Data TypeDescription
column_stringYstringName of column or string literal to be applied to the function
datatype_literalYstringString literal that identifies the data type against which to validate the source values

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Name of the column or string literal to be evaluated for validity.

  • Missing literals or column values generate missing string results.
    • Constants must be quoted ('Hello, World').
  • Multiple columns and wildcards are not supported.

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Required?Data TypeExample Value
YesString literal or column referencemyColumn


Literal value for data type to which to match the source column or string. For more information, see Valid Data Type Strings.

  • Column references are not supported.

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Required?Data TypeExample Value
YesString literal'Integer'

Valid data type strings:

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Valid Data Type Strings
Valid Data Type Strings

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Example - Type check functions

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EXAMPLE - Type Functions

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