INDEX MATCH not working for some values extracted using MID.

Philippa1975

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Hi,
because of the way data outputs from our work system, I need to extract a cost code string, from a long accounting string.

I've got one column in some data where the account strings are held.
they all start with the same 7 characters. The cost code is then from the 8th character, for 7 characters.
I've used =MID(string,8,7) to extract the string.
eg from 200.0075.5005 2 0.1 i've extracted 5.005 2
some cost codes have two numbers before the decimal place but are still 7 characters long
eg from 200.00714.0142 0.1 i've extracted 14.0142

In a second sheet I've got a table of values with details relating to the cost codes, set up like...
5005 "cost description" 5.005 2 RC
1414 "cost description" 14.0142 RC
...in columns A to D. These are system produced codes so I can't change anything.

In my sheet with the MID formula, I've got an INDEX MATCH set up to pull out the value in column A from the 2nd sheet - ie from 5.005 2 i want to return 5005:

=INDEX(column A in 2nd sheet,MATCH(sting extracted using MID formula,column C in 2nd sheet,0))

If the MID extraction has one number before the decimal point, the INDEX/MATCH works just fine. If it has 2, it doesn't.

I've done a LEN formula to make sure they are the same length on both sheets and I've checked that they are all formatted the same - ie are all General. I tried changing them to text, and to numbers but nothing works.

Can anyone help?

Thanks
 

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steve the fish

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Hi. How did you extract 5.005 2?? Its 5.5005 with a space at the end isn't it?
 

Jonmo1

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The result of the MID function will always be considered a TEXT string.

However, on the other sheet, in column C you have a mixture of TEXT and Numbers
5.005 2 <- this is a TEXT string because it has the space before the 2
14.0142 <- this is a NUMBER, no space.

So Text String "14.0142" resulting from the MID function is NOT a match to the NUMBER 14.0142


Try modifying the MID function
=MID(string,8,7)

Change to

=IFERROR(MID(string,8,7)+0,MID(string,8,7))
 

AlanY

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strangely, i found you formula works for both

<b>Excel 2012</b><table cellpadding="2.5px" rules="all" style=";background-color: #FFFFFF;border: 1px solid;border-collapse: collapse; border-color: #BBB"><colgroup><col width="25px" style="background-color: #DAE7F5" /><col /><col /><col /><col /><col /><col /><col /></colgroup><thead><tr style=" background-color: #DAE7F5;text-align: center;color: #161120"><th></th><th>A</th><th>B</th><th>C</th><th>D</th><th>E</th><th>F</th><th>G</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr ><td style="color: #161120;text-align: center;">1</td><td style="text-align: right;;">5005</td><td style=";">cost description</td><td style="text-align: right;;">5.5005 </td><td style=";">RC</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">200.0075.5005 2 0.1</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td></tr><tr ><td style="color: #161120;text-align: center;">2</td><td style="text-align: right;;">1414</td><td style=";">cost description</td><td style="text-align: right;;">14.0142</td><td style=";">RC</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">200.00714.0142 0.1</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td></tr><tr ><td style="color: #161120;text-align: center;">3</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td></tr><tr ><td style="color: #161120;text-align: center;">4</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;">5.5005 </td><td style="text-align: right;;">5005</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td></tr><tr ><td style="color: #161120;text-align: center;">5</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;">14.0142</td><td style="text-align: right;;">1414</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td></tr></tbody></table><p style="width:3.6em;font-weight:bold;margin:0;padding:0.2em 0.6em 0.2em 0.5em;border: 1px solid #BBB;border-top:none;text-align: center;background-color: #DAE7F5;color: #161120">Sheet1</p><br /><br /><table width="85%" cellpadding="2.5px" rules="all" style=";border: 2px solid black;border-collapse:collapse;padding: 0.4em;background-color: #FFFFFF" ><tr><td style="padding:6px" ><b>Worksheet Formulas</b><table cellpadding="2.5px" width="100%" rules="all" style="border: 1px solid;text-align:center;background-color: #FFFFFF;border-collapse: collapse; border-color: #BBB"><thead><tr style=" background-color: #DAE7F5;color: #161120"><th width="10px">Cell</th><th style="text-align:left;padding-left:5px;">Formula</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><th width="10px" style=" background-color: #DAE7F5;color: #161120">C1</th><td style="text-align:left">=MID(<font color="Blue">F1,8,7</font>)</td></tr><tr><th width="10px" style=" background-color: #DAE7F5;color: #161120">C2</th><td style="text-align:left">=MID(<font color="Blue">F2,8,7</font>)</td></tr><tr><th width="10px" style=" background-color: #DAE7F5;color: #161120">C4</th><td style="text-align:left">=INDEX(<font color="Blue">$A$1:$A$2,MATCH(<font color="Red">B4,$C$1:$C$2,0</font>)</font>)</td></tr><tr><th width="10px" style=" background-color: #DAE7F5;color: #161120">C5</th><td style="text-align:left">=INDEX(<font color="Blue">$A$1:$A$2,MATCH(<font color="Red">B5,$C$1:$C$2,0</font>)</font>)</td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></table><br />
 

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