Queryable.GroupBy(Of TSource, TKey, TElement, TResult) Method (IQueryable(Of TSource), Expression(Of Func(Of TSource, TKey)), Expression(Of Func(Of TSource, TElement)), Expression(Of Func(Of TKey, IEnumerable(Of TElement), TResult)), IEqualityComparer(Of TKey))

 

Groups the elements of a sequence according to a specified key selector function and creates a result value from each group and its key. Keys are compared by using a specified comparer and the elements of each group are projected by using a specified function.

Namespace:   System.Linq
Assembly:  System.Core (in System.Core.dll)

<ExtensionAttribute>
Public Shared Function GroupBy(Of TSource, TKey, TElement, TResult) (
	source As IQueryable(Of TSource),
	keySelector As Expression(Of Func(Of TSource, TKey)),
	elementSelector As Expression(Of Func(Of TSource, TElement)),
	resultSelector As Expression(Of Func(Of TKey, IEnumerable(Of TElement), TResult)),
	comparer As IEqualityComparer(Of TKey)
) As IQueryable(Of TResult)

Parameters

source
Type: System.Linq.IQueryable(Of TSource)

An IQueryable(Of T) whose elements to group.

keySelector
Type: System.Linq.Expressions.Expression(Of Func(Of TSource, TKey))

A function to extract the key for each element.

elementSelector
Type: System.Linq.Expressions.Expression(Of Func(Of TSource, TElement))

A function to map each source element to an element in an IGrouping(Of TKey, TElement).

resultSelector
Type: System.Linq.Expressions.Expression(Of Func(Of TKey, IEnumerable(Of TElement), TResult))

A function to create a result value from each group.

comparer
Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEqualityComparer(Of TKey)

An IEqualityComparer(Of T) to compare keys.

Return Value

Type: System.Linq.IQueryable(Of TResult)

An T:System.Linq.IQueryable`1 that has a type argument of TResult and where each element represents a projection over a group and its key.

Type Parameters

TSource

The type of the elements of source.

TKey

The type of the key returned by the function represented in keySelector.

TElement

The type of the elements in each IGrouping(Of TKey, TElement).

TResult

The type of the result value returned by resultSelector.

Exception Condition
ArgumentNullException

source or keySelector or elementSelector or resultSelector or comparer is null.

This method has at least one parameter of type Expression(Of TDelegate) whose type argument is one of the Func(Of T, TResult) types. For these parameters, you can pass in a lambda expression and it will be compiled to an Expression(Of TDelegate).

The GroupBy(Of TSource, TKey, TElement, TResult)(IQueryable(Of TSource), Expression(Of Func(Of TSource, TKey)), Expression(Of Func(Of TSource, TElement)), Expression(Of Func(Of TKey, IEnumerable(Of TElement), TResult)), IEqualityComparer(Of TKey)) method generates a MethodCallExpression that represents calling GroupBy(Of TSource, TKey, TElement, TResult)(IQueryable(Of TSource), Expression(Of Func(Of TSource, TKey)), Expression(Of Func(Of TSource, TElement)), Expression(Of Func(Of TKey, IEnumerable(Of TElement), TResult)), IEqualityComparer(Of TKey)) itself as a constructed generic method. It then passes the MethodCallExpression to the CreateQuery(Of TElement)(Expression) method of the IQueryProvider represented by the Provider property of the source parameter.

The query behavior that occurs as a result of executing an expression tree that represents calling GroupBy(Of TSource, TKey, TElement, TResult)(IQueryable(Of TSource), Expression(Of Func(Of TSource, TKey)), Expression(Of Func(Of TSource, TElement)), Expression(Of Func(Of TKey, IEnumerable(Of TElement), TResult)), IEqualityComparer(Of TKey)) depends on the implementation of the type of the source parameter. The expected behavior is that it groups the elements of source by key values that are obtained by invoking keySelector on each element. The comparer parameter is used to compare key values. The elementSelector parameter is used to project the elements of each group, and the resultSelector parameter is used to obtain a result value from each group and its key.

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 3.5
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Silverlight
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.1
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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