How to Unpivot a Struct in BigQuery?

I have a table with an ID and then a struct. I want to turn each element of the struct into a new row with the struct field name being a value in the column Period and the value being the structures value. See table below

Query that generated the table:

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Current data

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I tried this:

    SELECT * FROM `business-analytics-workbench.RAW.User_Activity` as UA
    UNPIVOT(Activity FOR PERIOD in (Last_7_Days,Last_14_Days,Last_30_Days,Last_90_Days,First_Date_AEST,Last_Date_AEST))

But I get this error "Unrecognized name: Last_7_Days at [3:33]"

3 answers

  • answered 2021-09-12 21:55 ggordon

    Since these are part of a struct, try using the full struct field name

        `business-analytics-workbench.RAW.User_Activity` as UA
        FOR PERIOD in (

    Let me know if this works for you.

  • answered 2021-09-12 22:30 Mikhail Berlyant

    You cannot unpivot columns with different data types (in your example those are INT64 and DATE). So consider below approach

      SELECT Document_ID, User_Activity.* 
      FROM `business-analytics-workbench.RAW.User_Activity` as UA
    UNPIVOT(Activity FOR PERIOD in (Last_7_Days,Last_14_Days,Last_30_Days,Last_90_Days))    

    If applied to sample data in y our question output is

    enter image description here

  • answered 2021-09-12 22:43 Mikhail Berlyant

    If you are willing to pivot table without using PIVOT operator - in this case you have less restriction - consider below example

    select Document_ID, split(kv, ':')[offset(0)] PERIOD, split(kv, ':')[offset(1)] Activit
    from (
      select Document_ID, User_Activity.* 
      from `business-analytics-workbench.RAW.User_Activity`
    ) t,
    unnest(split(translate(to_json_string(t), '{}"', ''))) kv
    where split(kv, ':')[offset(0)] != 'Document_ID'         

    if to apply to sample data in your question - output is

    enter image description here

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