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I have a numeric identifier in column A with a corresponding numeric value (Let's call it Z) X columns below it. There are varying duplicated cells of the identifier before Z I also have a numeric value (Y) in Column B that I am trying to verify is the same value as Z. Is there a way to scan down Column A, identify Z, and match it to Y?

Solved by Z. E. in 40 mins

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Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 03:24

Hello, I understand that you are trying to lookup values. In order to have a better understanding of your requirement, can you share a sample data using the document to the right?

User
08/08/2018 - 03:24

sure one moment

User
08/08/2018 - 03:25

Column A has a 16 digit identification number, that is duped a random number of times, with a corresponding dollar value below however many dupes it has

User
08/08/2018 - 03:26

then I have VLOOKUP'd a corresponding value to that number from a different source

User
08/08/2018 - 03:27

I need to crash the two to make sure the two dollar values match and identify the 16 digit id numbers where they dont

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 03:27

Can you recreate the different source as well so I'll be able to understand it better. So far it's not making any sense yet.

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 03:29

Are you still with me?

User
08/08/2018 - 03:30

I cannot recreate it. Think of the 16 digit number as an "Account Number" and anything smaller than that as a payment on that account

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 03:30

So in this case, A1 to A3 is the account number and A4 is the payment?

User
08/08/2018 - 03:30

Column A is payment data from an outside system sent to me that I have not manipulated. Column B is payment into from an internal system that I have pulled based off of the same account number

User
08/08/2018 - 03:30

yes

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 03:31

Okay, and what do you need help with?

User
08/08/2018 - 03:31

A4 is the external record of payment, B3 is the internal record

User
08/08/2018 - 03:31

I need to reconcile the two

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 03:31

Can you give an example where they don't match?

User
08/08/2018 - 03:31

That's what I can't find

User
08/08/2018 - 03:32

The problem is that there are not always the same number of duplicated account numbers in column A

User
08/08/2018 - 03:32

Hold on I can show you

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 03:32

I just need to see how a non match will look like.

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 03:32

Otherwise, I won't even know what to look for.

User
08/08/2018 - 03:33

it follows this format

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 03:34

So you only need to match the last payment for that particular account number and the payment that is under the account number?

User
08/08/2018 - 03:34

oh wait I displayed that wrong

User
08/08/2018 - 03:36

actually yes you are correct

User
08/08/2018 - 03:36

yes I only need to match the last payment

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 03:37

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Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 03:37

Please give me a few minutes to analyze your data format.

User
08/08/2018 - 03:37

thank you

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 03:37

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Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 03:38

16 digits or 15?

User
08/08/2018 - 03:38

16

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 03:39

Okay, the formula in column C should help identify those that don't match.

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 03:39

It first checks if the value in column A is 16 digits long, if it is not then it compares the value in A to the value in B but 1 row less.

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 03:40

You'll see that it'll return FALSE if they don't match.

User
08/08/2018 - 03:40

ahhhhhh

User
08/08/2018 - 03:40

genius

User
08/08/2018 - 03:40

thank you so much

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 03:40

You are welcome. Glad to have helped!

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 03:40

Would there be anything else that I can help you with regards to the original question?

User
08/08/2018 - 03:41

I think that should do it

User
08/08/2018 - 03:41

thank you

Excelchat Expert
08/08/2018 - 03:41

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08/08/2018 - 03:41

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08/08/2018 - 03:41

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