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    array match formula fails but simple match works

    In sheet 1, I have
    Col A Col B
    John Sedgwy - R

    In sheet 2, I have the following names
    Col A Col B
    Peter Walker
    John Sedgwicky

    When I did an array match -> ={MATCH(1,(TRIM($a2)=Sheet2!$A$1:$A$2)*(left(b2,5)&"*"=Sheet2!$b$1:$b$2),0)}
    gave me an error but when I did an individual match to both John and Sedgw, it works. tried googling and multiple ways. Nothing works. Any idea why?

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    Re: array match formula fails but simple match works

    maybe
    =MATCH(TRIM($A2)&LEFT(B2,5)&"*",Sheet2!$A$1:$A$2&Sheet2!$B$1:$B$2,0) or better the sumproduct

    =SUMPRODUCT((TRIM($A2)=Sheet2!$A$1:$A$2)*(ISNUMBER(SEARCH(LEFT(B2,5),Sheet2!$B$1:$B$2))))
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    Both formulas gives an error vlady.

    I cannot do sumproduct anyway as I need the row number returned from match, to identify related fields to person from sheet2. I also noticed similar queries in the forum but the replies are not what I am after.
    Can anyone help?

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    Re: array match formula fails but simple match works

    what is the error received?

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    Re: array match formula fails but simple match works

    I typed out a long reply with all detailed calcuations and lost it because my login timed out

    the sumproduct formula actually worked ! My bad there... now how will I use it to get a corresponding field like the person's DOB ?
    I also found another formula online using ROW reference but got zeros.

    Your match formula only worked with exact matches, not if I need to use shorter words using LEFT function. attached file with all my attempts and various errors .....

    I suspect the main issue is the wildcard and/or non-exact matches !!
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