Conditional Operators

AMPS contains support for a ternary conditional IF operator which allows for a Boolean condition to be evaluated to true or false, and will return one of the two parameters. The general format of the IF statement is:


In this example, the BOOLEAN_CONDITIONAL will be evaluated, and if the result is true, the VALUE_TRUE value will be returned otherwise the VALUE_FALSE will be returned.

For example:

SUM( IF(( (/FIXML/Order/OrdQty/@Qty > 500) AND
          (/FIXML/Order/Instrmt/@Sym ='MSFT')), 1, 0 ))

The above example returns a count of the total number of orders that have been placed where the symbol is MSFT and the order contains a quantity more than 500.

The IF operator can also be used to evaluate results to determine if results are NULL or NaN. This is useful for calculating aggregates where some values may be NULL or NaN. The NULL and NaN values are discussed in more detail in the AMPS Data Types section.

For example:

SUM(/FIXML/Order/Instrmt/@Qty * IF(
    /FIXML/Order/Instmt/@Price IS NOT NULL, 1, 0))

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