How to update values of nested association using AssociateTo?

Saying we have an association:

asc = <|"A" -> <|"a" -> 1, "b" -> 2, "c" -> 3|>|>;

I want to updated values of "A". I have tried doing:

AssociateTo[
asc,
asc["A"][#] -> If[asc["A"][#] === 1, 0 , asc["A"][#]] & /@ {"a", "b", "c"}]

<|"A" -> <|"a" -> 1, "b" -> 2, "c" -> 3|>, 1 -> 0, 2 -> 2, 3 -> 3|>

But this just adds valuesst to the association instead of adding to "A"

How can I update the values in "A" using AssociateTo?

One possibility would be the simple

asc["A"]["a"] = 99; As @m_goldberg commented this can be shortened to

asc["A", "a"] = 99;

To change several keys:

asc[][[2 ;; 3]] = 4 • I need to that using AssociateTo – SuTron Nov 13 '15 at 12:51
• +1, but I would use asc["A", "a"] = 99; – m_goldberg Nov 13 '15 at 16:43
• Thanks @ Mr. Goldberg - that's a nice form - will update – eldo Nov 13 '15 at 16:46

I have came up with a solution:

In:= asc = <|"A" -> <|"a" -> 1, "b" -> 2, "c" -> 3|>|>;
Module[{tmp = asc["A"]},
AssociateTo[tmp, # -> tmp[#] + 1 & /@ {"a"}];
AssociateTo[asc, "A" -> tmp]
]

Out= <|"A" -> <|"a" -> 2, "b" -> 2, "c" -> 3|>|>
• Why do you have to use AssocTo? It is a very poor tool for solving your problem. The simple expression asc["A", "a"] = asc["A", "a"] + 1; is much better. – m_goldberg Nov 13 '15 at 16:41
• The question asks how to do that using AssociateTo[]. For complicated and nested associations it's a better fit to apply changes, when you need to do additional checks on keys. – SuTron Nov 20 '15 at 13:18