How to pad a number with leading zeros

Clément_Stenac Dataiker, Dataiku DSS Core Designer, Registered Posts: 753 Dataiker

A common requirement when you have a column of numbers is to format all numbers so that they have the same length, adding leading zeros if needed.

This can be done in the DSS preparation recipe using a Formula.

The formula function to use is format. For example, to ensure that all values of the column mycolumn are padded to have a length of 11, including leading zeros, use: format("%011d", mycolumn)


It is useful to remember the usual formula rules to refer the values of columns, as described in the DSS reference documentation.

For example, to do the same in a column named "my column" (note the space), you would use instead format("%011d", numval("my column"))</code></p><p><code>format is actually a very powerful function that uses Java string formatting capabilities. See this Java reference for more details.


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    edited July 17


    This will be super helpful for USA postal codes/zip codes that have been turned to integers and truncated somewhere in the data process prior to getting into DSS.

    Getting leading 0s back in place for the northeastern United States can be sort of a pain. This should help a lot.

    I ended up with a formula like this for US 5 Digit Postal Codes with Leading "0"s :


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