I would like to pose a question with something I am trying to do with a Calc file. In Column A I have a list of artists and songs about 2000 so far. In Column B I paste a list of say 100 artists and songs which I want to compare with Column A. The List I paste in generally comes from a web page and usually is in the form of Track Number - Artist - Song Title. Sometimes it may also have the time of each track and also the extension say MP3.
So as mentioned I am wishing to compare this list against Column A to determine what songs on the list I already have, this would be roughly about 80%.
To do this task I currently use a formula =ISNUMBER(MATCH(B2,$A$2:$A1998,0)) This works reasonably well except that I need to edit the pasted list and get rid of things like track numbers, any punctuation, Capitalize all words, get rid of empty spaces etc to get the result of True or False.
I do this editing usually through the Regular expressions In Find and Replace. My Issue is that even with this method I still get a lot of False Positives. Those that appear as False that I know are True.
Please forgive my long explanation that I hope makes sense. The Question I am posing is, do you think the same outcome can be achieved without all the editing, using a different Method, Formula or is it impossible. Could it work with say using Wildcards that ignore the editing that is usually required. I’m probably grasping at straws, but I thought the helpful people on this Forum may have a better way of doing things.
As suggested I am uploading the File.
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