Creating Density Map?

Discussion created by svaughn on Aug 15, 2010
Latest reply on Aug 16, 2010 by pmc1
I have a shapefile that consists on census blocks with multiple attributes per block.  I am trying to find a way to consolidate those attributes into a quantity and use this to map density of attributes.  The issue is that these attributes are text, not numbers.  For example, if I am trying to determine the density of telecom providers for one specific census block, I have 12-32 instances of that one block in my .dbf, each with a different NAME.  How can I add those NAMES up and map only the total calculation?