# Assigning for a missing score

I have a worksheet with spelling scores and I have a dilemma.  I want to be able to deduct a point if a letter is present in a word.  The word is 'decorator' and its base word is decorate - the e is dropped in spelling decorator.  I need to check that the 8th letter is not an 'e' but an o and assign a point if it is an o AND the word is spelled correctly.  See attached file
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ConsultantCommented:
What I am doing is looking at whole word solutions rather than bits and pieces which can be very difficult to inventory. For example, if you give a positive score for "tor" in retrospect, for which positions do you consider awarding that point? What if they misspell another part of the word but get the tor in the right place? Or are you really looking for "tro"? You can begin to see that the possibilities are endless.

Therefore I suggest listing possible whole word spellings for which you will consider points. In my solution you can still look for specific sequences of characters:

retorspect

will look for "tor" with the rest of the word spelled correctly.

??tro?????

will look for "tro" in positions 3 through 5 in any 10 character word.

*tro*

will look for "tro" in any length word with any spelling.

In my workbook I list the possible scored spellings from left to right in that row. The first match gets the points in the next column to the right. You can have as many or as few possible scored spellings as you desire. The last entry is a catchall resulting in zero points.

Kevin
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You may use this formula:

=IF(AND(MID(C31,8,1)="o",C31="decorator"),100,0)

100 is the points you assigned
0 means no point at all.

Sincerely,
Ed
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ConsultantCommented:
If the word is spelled correctly then the 8th letter is already known to be correct.

So you are left with a total score add if the word is spelled correctly or some deductions if not. And it looks like the deductions are based on how far off the spelling is from the correct spelling. Am I correct?

Kevin
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...an o AND the word is spelled correctly...

If the word is spelled correctly the question of e versus o doesn't arise so you would just compare B31 with C31.

If you mean you want to assign a point if  8 is 'o' OR the word is spelled correctly then  (it's none of my busuiness but that seems unfair on those who DID spell it correctly; 'ooooooooo' scores a point but 'decorater' doesn't?)  you would have something like..

=if(OR(Trim(B31)=C31, mid(trim(B31),8,1)="o") , 1, 0)
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ConsultantCommented:
I think you will be better off with a more straightforward scoring system that lists the possible spellings and the scores associated with each rather than trying to look for specific sequences of characters at specific locations. In the attached example I list the correct spelling and the associated points, then, progressing across the worksheet, each possible spelling that can earn partial points. I incorporated wildcard character (? for a single character and * for any number of characters) for additional flexibility. The first match working across from left to right is the score used.

Kevin
Q-26841153.xls
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Author Commented:
I think the simplest way is to give a point in that column for 'tor' in retrospect.
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Author Commented:
Your system looks interesting Zorvek but I don't really understand what you have done.
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Author Commented:
Thank you.
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