Generates the count of non-null 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.



Output: Returns the count of non-empty values in the name column.

counta(function_col_ref) [group:group_col_ref] [limit:limit_count]

ArgumentRequired?Data TypeDescription
function_col_refYstringName of column to which to apply the function

For more information on the group parameter, see Pivot Transform.


Name of the column from which to count values based on the grouping.

Required?Data TypeExample Value
YesString (column reference)myValues

Example - Simple row count