dbcolpercentile - Man Page

compute percentiles or ranks for an existing column


    dbcolpercentile [-rplhS] column


Compute a percentile of a column of numbers. The new column will be called percentile or rank. Non-numeric records are handled as in other programs.

If the data is pre-sorted and only a rank is requested, no extra storage is required. In all other cases, a full copy of data is buffered on disk.


-p or --percentile or --mode percentile

Show percentile (default). Percentile is the percentage of the cumulative values at or lower than the current value, relative to the total count.

-P or --rank or --nopercentile or --mode rank

Compute ranks instead of percentiles.


Show fraction (percentage, except between 0 and 1, not cumulative fraction).

-a or --include-non-numeric

Compute stats over all records (treat non-numeric records as zero rather than just ignoring them).

-S or --pre-sorted

Assume data is already sorted. With one -S, we check and confirm this precondition. When repeated, we skip the check.

-f FORMAT or --format FORMAT

Specify a printf(3)-style format for output statistics. Defaults to %.5g.

-T TmpDir

where to put tmp files. Also uses environment variable TMPDIR, if -T is  not specified. Default is /tmp.

Sort specification options (can be interspersed with column names):

-r or --descending

sort in reverse order (high to low)

-R or --ascending

sort in normal order (low to high)

-n or --numeric

sort numerically (default)

-N or --lexical

sort lexicographically

This module also supports the standard fsdb options:


Enable debugging output.

-i or --input InputSource

Read from InputSource, typically a file name, or - for standard input, or (if in Perl) a IO::Handle, Fsdb::IO or Fsdb::BoundedQueue objects.

-o or --output OutputDestination

Write to OutputDestination, typically a file name, or - for standard output, or (if in Perl) a IO::Handle, Fsdb::IO or Fsdb::BoundedQueue objects.

--autorun or --noautorun

By default, programs process automatically, but Fsdb::Filter objects in Perl do not run until you invoke the run() method. The --(no)autorun option controls that behavior within Perl.


Show help.


Show full manual.

Sample Usage


    #fsdb name id test1
    a 1 80
    b 2 70
    c 3 65
    d 4 90
    e 5 70
    f 6 90


    cat DATA/grades.fsdb | dbcolpercentile test1


        #fsdb name id test1 percentile
        d       4       90      1
        f       6       90      1
        a       1       80      0.66667
        b       2       70      0.5
        e       5       70      0.5
        c       3       65      0.16667
        #  | dbsort -n test1
        #   | dbcolpercentile test1

Command 2

    cat DATA/grades.fsdb | dbcolpercentile --rank test1

Output 2

        #fsdb name id test1 rank
        d       4       90      1
        f       6       90      1
        a       1       80      3
        b       2       70      4
        e       5       70      4
        c       3       65      6
        #  | dbsort -n test1
        #   | dbcolpercentile --rank test1

See Also

Fsdb. dbcolhisto.

Referenced By

dbcolstats(1), dbcolstatscores(1).

2021-01-27 perl v5.32.1 User Contributed Perl Documentation