Using Python with the Field Calculator in ArcGIS

Mike from just posted an excellent tutorial showing how one could use Python within the field calculator to break apart string values and add them to a new field.

For example, say you have a field with values such as “Census Tract 12345″ and you want to have a field that only contains the tract number (e.g., 12345). You can use python within the field calculator to extract that third word from the field, pretty sweet!

Check it out: