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Old 02-11-2019, 10:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Cavaliere View Post
I'd first like to thank the people who helped me in my last post.

Here's my new issue:

I'm trying to search a bunch of accounts in column A, where there are plenty of duplicates, and find the ones where there are different values for column B.


Column A_____Column B

I would want to return number 1 and number 3 ( or have 1 and 3 be TRUE, and 2 be FALSE) because their second column values aren't all the same.

Thank you in advance!
If you load your dataset into SQL table called "MyDataSet" this becomes simple:

A.AccountNumber,A.ColumnB as ColumnB1,ISNULL(B.ColumnB,'') as ColumnB2
MyDataSet AS A
MyDataSet AS B
A.AccountNumber=B.AccountNumber AND A.ColumnB>B.ColumnB
The output will be the recordset of all account numbers along with every combination of mismatched columns. You can use an inner join, but you may miss some records for which there is a unique value of ColumnB on the account.

You could also tweak this to serve your end purpose, but this concept is extremely useful. There are many times in which I use SQL to do stuff like this - although it doesn't fit well into processes you want to automate with one press of a button.

An Excel Idea:

You can place them into a pivot table and Let the account number be the row. Use ColumnB as an aggregate and select "Min" instead of "Count" (or sum). Add Column B again as an aggregate and select "Max" instead of "Count" (or sum).

You will have a pivot table consisting of:


If Excel does not agree to you using the datatype of columnB in an aggregate, create a unique numeric identifier for each unique value in column B by numbering them from 1 to 100 (or whatever the number of unique ColumnB values). Then lookup to get that number next to your identifier and perform the same aggregate function in the pivot table on the unique integer.

You will then have a pivot table consisting of:

AccountNumber,ColumnBMinIndexNumber,ColumnBMaxInde xNumber

From there you can lookup the original columnB value for each min and max and you have the desired result.

The biggest drawback to the excel approach is when you have more than two unique columnB records with the same account number, you will be missing at least one from the finished product.

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