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asked 2012-10-21 10:46:05 +0200
I have a spreadsheet of bank transactions. One column contains a description of the transaction however the text is not always exactly the same. e.g.
Date (a1), Description(b1), Amount(b3)
1/1/2012, Caltex sturt, $50.00
1/2/2012, Caltex mayford, $34.00
2/3/2012, Hobble Rd Caltex Mayford, $102.00
I would like to apply a classification to each entry, e.g. fuel, based on a regex for the classification. e.g. ^Caltex .*. I was hoping that vlookup would do this by allowing me to create a table with the classification patterns, e.g.
And then apply =VLOOKUP(b2,f2:g5,2,0) to each row with the result as:
Date (a1), Description(b1), Amount(b1), Classification (c1)
1/1/2012, Caltex sturt, $50.00, Fuel
1/2/2012, Caltex mayford, $34.00, Fuel
2/3/2012, Hobble Rd Caltex Mayford, $102.00, Fuel
My take away from the documentation and trials is that this will not work. Could someone confirm this and possibly suggest an alternative?
22/10/2012 - In response to JohnSUN's answer.
I see my question examples do suggest that I am after the first word however other examples could have the pattern of interest anywhere in the text, hence the need for the power of regex matching. For example, the description could have:
Hobble St Caltex Mayford
As I understand your idea, you want to determine the category of the operation by the first word? In this case, you can use the formula
=VLOOKUP(LEFT(B2;FIND(" ";B2&" ";1)-1);$F$2:$G$5;2;0)
22/10/2012 If you want to organize a search for any of the words, change the LEFT on a combination of CONCATENATE and SUBSTITUTE:
In your column "RegEx" wildcard characters are not needed. They need to search operators.
answered 2012-10-22 23:22:20 +0200mariosv
I think would be easy to work with data distributed on columns. Select the range with data, and Menu/Data/Text to column, select ',' as separator. Once data are properly distributed, Menu/Data/Pivot table, is a very good option to analyze data.
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Asked: 2012-10-21 10:46:05 +0200
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Last updated: Oct 22 '12