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hi,
   I've stuck on a process which need to compare values in a two dimensional array, to determine how many different unique identities are there in such array. would anybody help me with that?
I am reading data into array through database, and it returns something like this.
counting(1,0) = "Mike"
counting(2,0) = "jack"
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counting(8,0) = "Mike" --> theres a duplicate
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the size of array varied each time i run the solution. but i managed to have all the names in
counting(i,0). if that helps. any help would be appreciated;)

and eventually i need to create a list of unique Names, so that'll minors the range down to like 10 persons in total.
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by:hosneylk
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iterate through each element in the array and copy the element to a new array. before adding it to the new array check if the new array already contains it. if it does don't copy it.
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Dim unique() As String
        ReDim unique(0)
        Dim valExists As Boolean
        For Each Val As String In counting
            valExists = False
            For Each uniqueVal As String In unique
                If (uniqueVal = Val) Then
                    valExists = True
                    Exit For
                End If
            Next
            If Not valExists Then
                ReDim Preserve unique(unique.Length + 1)
                unique(UBound(unique)) = Val
            End If
        Next

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by:Daz_1234
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Hi,

You can also use the dictionary object - dictionary keys must be unique.

The short script below is a example of using this method.

Hope this helps,
Daz.
Dim Counting(50,1)

Set dicList = CreateObject("Scripting.Dictionary")

Counting(0,0) = "Mike"
Counting(1,0) = "Jon"
Counting(2,0) = "Mike"
Counting(3,0) = "Daz"
Counting(4,0) = "Mary"
Counting(5,0) = "Mike"


For i = 0 To UBound(Counting, 1)
    If Counting(i, 0) <> "" Then
        dicList(Counting(i, 0)) = 1
    End If
Next

MsgBox Join(dicList.Keys, " / "),, "Unique Names = " & dicList.Count

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by:miketonny
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hi hosneylk,
   it did give me the counts in array, but it included all the irrelevant data, as it's a two dimensional array, i do know the usernames are only stored in (1,0), (2,0), ... (x,0). but what you did stores pretty much every different value into the new array, how do i sort them out?
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Dim unique() As String
        Dim strVal As String
        ReDim unique(0)
        Dim valExists As Boolean
        Dim i As Long
        For i = LBound(counting, 1) To UBound(counting, 1)
            valExists = False
            strVal = counting(i, 0)
            For Each uniqueVal As String In unique
                If (uniqueVal = strVal) Then
                    valExists = True
                    Exit For
                End If
            Next
            If Not valExists Then
                ReDim Preserve unique(unique.Length + 1)
                unique(UBound(unique)) = strVal
            End If
        Next

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