# checking all combinations against a column

#### excelNewbie22

##### Active Member
hi!
i have five numbers, for example:
2-11-4-29-3 each in separate cell,
and i want to check all 120 combinations of them (11-2-4..... 29-2-11... and etc)
against a column of few thousands to see if they match
another problem is i need to check all 120 combinations of each one of the thousands of "original numbers"

can be done?

if too problematic maybe just to check if any combination of said "original number" are a match and count the repeats without actually generate them?

test.xlsm
CDEFGHIJK
112345original combinationall comb's=120cheking for repeats
221142932-11-4-29-32-11-22-39-290
3552021255-5-20-21-252-11-29-22-390
4882025308-8-20-25-302-22-11-29-390
51412121-4-1-21-2and etc0
6511142235-11-14-22-3anc etc0
test
Cell Formulas
RangeFormula
I2:I6I2=C2&"-"&D2&"-"&E2&"-"&F2&"-"&G2
K2:K6K2=IF(COUNTIF(I\$1:I2,J2)=0,IF(COUNTIF(\$I\$2:\$I\$5000,J2)=1,0,COUNTIF(\$I\$2:\$I\$5000,J2)),"-")

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