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Matching Columns in Excel

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by mithuna_s, Jul 13, 2009.

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  1. mithuna_s

    mithuna_s Thread Starter

    Jul 13, 2009

    I have data on the semiconductor industry of companies and their partners (alliances) for the years 91-00 and 01-03.

    The data is in 6 columns in the following format:

    Alliance ID Company Name Company ID Partner ID1 Partner ID2 Partner ID3 Partner ID 4
    The above is for 91-00 and 01-03.
    The column Alliance ID assigns a unique ID to each alliance. For example, if the company Intel has a partnership with 2 other companies (Partner ID1 and Partner ID2), then this alliance is given an alliance ID XXXXXX. It is important to note that this ID is for a given combination of partners i.e., the same company Intel can have another partnership with some other company (different partner ID1), then this alliance gets a different alliance ID albeit it being for the same focal company Intel.

    However, I only have alliance IDs for the 91-00 data and need to generate them for 01-03. In other words, if a given alliance in 91-00 is repeated in 01-03, then I need Excel to automatically assign the 91-00 Alliance ID to the corresponding row in 01-03.

    To illustrate,
    In 91-00, I can have the following alliance-Intel partnering with Kodak and Hitachi (partner ID1 and partner ID2 respectively). This alliance can be repeated for 01-03 (Intel with Kodak and Hitachi). Then, I want Excel to assign the 91-00 Alliance ID to the empty cell of 01-03 Alliance ID (of the SAME alliance).

    Is there a command or macro program that can do this automatically?

  2. The Villan

    The Villan

    Feb 20, 2006
    Can you please upload an example of your spreadsheet (without any sensitive data) so we can see what we are dealing with.
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