# ETL Addition empty fields

I am using addition to calculate 2 columns into a calculated column "Total 3".

Example:

Total 1 | Total 2 | Total 3

1 |  2 | 3

2 | 2  | 4

1 |    |

4 | 1 |  5

Problem is I don't have data in every row. So as you can see the third one here results nothing instead of 1. 1 + "blank" is still 1.

But it returns an empty field.

Any solution to this in ETL?

## Best Answer

• Indiana 🥷
Answer ✓

This is because how SQL works. When you add null to something the result is NULL.

A couple of options:

Beast Mode

`COALESCE(`Total 1`, 0) + COALESCE(`Total 2`, 0)`

MySQL ETL:

Same code above in your select statement

Magic ETL:

Use a Value Mapper tile. Under step 4 - 'Enter a value to search for' click the gear icon and select Null Value. Put 0 in the step 5 - Enter a value to write

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## Answers

• Thanks @GrantSmith !

I am new to SQL so figuring everything out by trial and error.

But this makes perfect sense so I will try this soon

• Budapest / Portland, OR 🟤

do you actually need to calculate at the row level?

could you just do

SUM(colum1) + sum(column2) and get the desired result?

In beast modes this will be faster performance than calculating at the row level b/c of how adrenaline works.

but if you're concerned that SUM(column1) may end up being NULL, you could wrap it.

coalesce(sum(column1),0) + coalesce(sum(column2),0).

IFNULL may be easier to read but functionally does the same thing.  (i prefer coalesce).

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