Formula expression tutorials - AWS IoT SiteWise

Formula expression tutorials

You can follow these tutorials to use formula expressions in AWS IoT SiteWise.

Using strings in formulas

You can operate on strings in your formula expressions. You also can input strings from variables that reference attribute and measurement properties.

Important

Formula expressions can only output double or string values. Nested expressions can output other data types, such as strings, but the formula as a whole must evaluate to a number or string. You can use the jp function to convert a string to a number. The Boolean value must be 1 (true) or 0 (false). For more information, see Undefined, infinite, and overflow values.

AWS IoT SiteWise provides the following formula expression features that you can use to operate on strings:

Filtering data points

You can use the if function to filter out data points that don't meet a condition. The if function evaluates a condition and returns different values for true and false results. You can use the none constant as an output for one case of an if function to discard the data point for that case.

To filter out data points that match a condition

  • Create a transform that uses the if function to define a condition that checks if a condition is met, and returns none as either the result_if_true or result_if_false value.

Example: Filter out data points where water isn't boiling

Consider a scenario where you have a measurement, temp_c, that provides the temperature (in Celsius) of water in a machine. You can define the following transform to filter out data points where the water isn't boiling:

  • Transform: boiling_temps = if(gte(temp_c, 100), temp_c, none) – Returns the temperature if it's greater than or equal to 100 degrees Celsius, otherwise returns no data point.

Counting data points that match a condition

You can use comparison functions and sum() to count the number of data points for which a condition is true.

To count data points that match a condition

  1. Create a transform that uses a comparison function to define a filter condition on another property.

  2. Create a metric that sums the data points where that condition is met.

Example: Count the number of data points where water is boiling

Consider a scenario where you have a measurement, temp_c, that provides the temperature (in Celsius) of water in a machine. You can define the following transform and metric properties to count the number of data points where the water is boiling:

  • Transform: is_boiling = gte(temp_c, 100) – Returns 1 if the temperature is greater than or equal to 100 degrees Celsius, otherwise returns 0.

  • Metric: boiling_count = sum(is_boiling) – Returns the number of data points where water is boiling.

Late data in formulas

AWS IoT SiteWise supports late data ingestion of data that is up to 7 days old. When AWS IoT SiteWise receives late data, it recalculates existing values for any metric that inputs the late data in a past window. These recalculations result in data processing charges.

Note

When AWS IoT SiteWise computes properties that input late data, it uses each property's current formula expression.

After AWS IoT SiteWise recalculates a past window for a metric, it replaces the previous value for that window. If you enabled notifications for that metric, AWS IoT SiteWise also emits a property value notification. This means that you can receive a new property value update notification for the same property and timestamp for which you previously received a notification. If your applications or data lakes consume property value notifications, you must update the previous value with the new value so that their data is accurate.

Data quality in formulas

In AWS IoT SiteWise, each data point has a quality code, which can be one of the following:

  • GOOD – The data isn't affected by any issues.

  • BAD – The data is affected by an issue such as sensor failure.

  • UNCERTAIN – The data is affected by an issue such as sensor inaccuracy.

AWS IoT SiteWise consumes only GOOD quality data when it computes transforms and metrics. AWS IoT SiteWise outputs only GOOD quality data for successful computations. If a computation is unsuccessful, then AWS IoT SiteWise doesn't output a data point for that computation. This can occur if a computation results in an undefined, infinite, or overflow value.

For more information about how to query data and filter by data quality, see Querying asset property values and aggregates.

Undefined, infinite, and overflow values

Some formula expressions (such as x / 0, sqrt(-1), or log(0)) calculate values that are undefined in a real number system, infinite, or outside the range supported by AWS IoT SiteWise. When an asset property's expression computes an undefined, infinite, or overflow value, AWS IoT SiteWise doesn't output a data point for that computation.

AWS IoT SiteWise also doesn't output a data point if it computes a non-numeric value as the result of a formula expression. This means that if you define a formula that computes a string, array, or the none constant, then AWS IoT SiteWise doesn't output a data point for that computation.

Examples

Each of the following formula expressions result in a value that AWS IoT SiteWise can't represent as a number. AWS IoT SiteWise doesn't output a data point when it computes these formula expressions.

  • x / 0 is undefined.

  • log(0) is undefined.

  • sqrt(-1) is undefined in a real number system.

  • "hello" + " world" is a string.

  • jp('{"values":[3,6,7]}', '$.values') is an array.

  • if(gte(temp, 300), temp, none) is none when temp is less than 300.