whichever

whichever(T.A : ‘a) : ‘b 🡒 ‘a, aggregator

The aggregator returns one value for each group if the group is not empty.

Example:

table T = with
  [| as A, as B |]
  [| "hello", "a" |]
  [| "hello", "a" |]
  [| "hello", "b" |]
  [| "world", "b" |]
  [| "world", "c" |]

table G[gdim] = by T.B

where T.B != "c"
  show table "" a1b4 with
    gdim
    whichever(T.A)
    group by gdim

When the group is empty, the default value for the data type is used.

The result of the whichever aggregator is deterministic - i.e. running the script twice over the same data yields the same result - but the ordering of the data cannot be relied upon. This aggregator is intended as a faster alternative to the use of first or last without introducing an ordering when it is not needed.

See also