Extract data from list in query editor


I have a dataset coming in from a survey that contains list like the image below.

I am trying to extract the data out from the list and show it in the same row. I created a custom column and applied the following formula:

Record.Field([test]{[Index]}, “test”)

However, it throws an error whenever I do that and says

I was wondering if there is anything I might be missing on my steps. Or, if there is another way to extract them.

Thank you

Hi @supergallagher25,

The issue is that you also have empty text strings in this column (and an empty string is not of type list)

Two ways around this add try otherwise to catch any error OR add an if then else statement to perform a test before extracting values from the list. For example:

if [test]= “” then “” else Record.Field([test]{[Index]}, “test”)

I hope this is helpful.


Thank you Melissa, I tried the step above and got it to work. However, afterwards the following error took place in the next step.

That means the index > the number of elements in the list

add a question mark to return a null, instead of an error

Thank you for your time, I had forgotten to mention that I had tried that as well afterwards and it gave another error.

Just extend the conditional logic, to resolve this error too.

if [test]= “” then “” else if [test]{[Index]}? = null then “” else Record.Field([test]{[Index]}, “test”)

I hope this is helpful

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My apologies, it now results in a blank column. I can clearly see in my other column that the list holds values such as this:

However, the custom column shows blank data. I am trying to extract out the data and put them all in one row for each response…

Hi @supergallagher25,

Without an actual sample, I’m unable to provide further assistance…

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