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    VBA function to match multiple criteria faster than vlookup or index match

    Hi Everyone!

    Im working on a project where by I need to be able to match data from two different files and transfer the prices and dates from "Data" to "Data match".

    The data from "Data" does not always have all columns, so I would like for it to loop through and if there is no data to match on what ever other data is available.

    Does any body have any idea of this would be possible and if so how? I have attached and example file for reference. (Yellow columns containing the data to be matched)

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

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    Re: VBA function to match multiple criteria faster than vlookup or index match

    Important note to add is that im a looking for this solution as Index match is generally very slow, some times I dealing with upto 1000 rows

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    Re: VBA function to match multiple criteria faster than vlookup or index match

    You need to provide a wider range of examples with before and after results.

    Index/Match shouldn't be that slow over 1000 rows unless you are using full column references.

    What is the formula that you are using that is slow?
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    Re: VBA function to match multiple criteria faster than vlookup or index match

    Hi TMS,

    I have updated the file to demonstrate more examples and the Index, match formula with 6 different criteria I use.


    You will probably be able to tell from the file what I mean by slowing down excel.

    is there a way to instantly perform the same match on VBA? With a looping function to ignore a criteria if the cell if empty?

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    Re: VBA function to match multiple criteria faster than vlookup or index match

    TMS gave you the answer

    Try:

    =INDEX(G1:G2000,MATCH(1,(J8=A1:A2000)*(K8=B1:B2000)*(L8=C:C)*(M8=D1:D2000)*(N8=E1:E2000)*(O8=F1:F2000),0))
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    Re: VBA function to match multiple criteria faster than vlookup or index match

    Thanks, this speeds up slightly but the fear for me is with larger data sets my computer freezes a lot and at time excel can crash.

    Is there a way of getting the same results via VBA?

    Also as the data sets may be different say for example only country and postcode or country and city name?

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    Re: VBA function to match multiple criteria faster than vlookup or index match

    You're likely to be severely disappointed. It's not like MSFT has engineered MATCH to be slow. Indeed, they've likely implemented it as fast as they can.

    It's far more likely that what you're trying to do is inherently slow. VBA is unlikely to make it quicker.

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    Re: VBA function to match multiple criteria faster than vlookup or index match

    Yep, that would do it. Matrix multiplication of 6 columns of over a million rows x however many copies of that formula. Mehmetcik has given you a better alternative that should be much faster, though he may have missed column C?

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    Re: VBA function to match multiple criteria faster than vlookup or index match

    You might be better having a helper column with the MATCH part in it and use that in all the INDEX formulae.

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    Re: VBA function to match multiple criteria faster than vlookup or index match

    Thanks for all the advice! What would be the best way to remove a criteria should that cell be empty?

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    Re: VBA function to match multiple criteria faster than vlookup or index match

    Thanks TMS

    TMS gave you the answer

    Try:

    =INDEX(G1:G2000,MATCH(1,(J8=A1:A2000)*(K8=B1:B2000)*(L8=C1:C2000)*(M8=D1:D2000)*(N8=E1:E2000)*(O8=F1:F2000),0))

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    Re: VBA function to match multiple criteria faster than vlookup or index match

    If entire column references are the problem, and the OP is willing to use VBA, then best to use event handlers to keep track of UsedRange in every worksheet.

    ADDED: this would go in the ThisWorkbook class module.

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    This would make and update _URLC and _URLR worksheet-level names in each worksheet. Those could be used in formulas like

    =MATCH(1,(X99=A2:INDEX(A:A,_URLR))*(Y999=B2:INDEX(B:B,_URLR)),0)
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    Re: VBA function to match multiple criteria faster than vlookup or index match

    Hi hrlngrv,

    Thanks for this, I am definitely more interested in using a VBA version. Im a little confused as to how to apply. I would greatly appreciate if you could you possibly apply it to the sample sheet I provided?

    Thanks

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    Re: VBA function to match multiple criteria faster than vlookup or index match

    I showed how _URLC and _URLR could be used in formulas.
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    The range A2:INDEX(A:A,_URLR) would change as UsedRange expanded (or contracted). For your sample formula,
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    As a complete tangent, I believe the following is what it'd take to implement general multiple column vertical lookups using short-circuit boolean evaluation. This MIGHT be faster than brute force formulas using no VBA. As with most generalized functions, the bulk of the code is validity and conformity checking. There's also Select Case for each comparison operator as well as numeric or string comparisons. Personally, I hate lexical analysis coding, but every once in a while I need some practice.

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    For your example, this could be used in formulas like
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    or combined with _URLR,
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    Re: VBA function to match multiple criteria faster than vlookup or index match

    Full VBA, no formula, if you like.
    Remove all formula then run.
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    Re: VBA function to match multiple criteria faster than vlookup or index match

    Try this. This is faster
    IN P6 and copied across
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    IF you are ready for HELPER column it will be more faster.
    I is the helper column
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    In R6 then copied across.
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    Last edited by kvsrinivasamurthy; 11-09-2020 at 09:24 AM.
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    Array formula should be confirmed with Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys together.
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