Go Premium for a chance to win a PS4. Enter to Win

x
?
Solved

check each letter and remove

Posted on 2011-03-23
6
Medium Priority
?
241 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
str1: "CLIO EXTREME TOM TOM (75)"
str2: "CLIO EXTREME TOMTOM (75)"

I would like to traverse each character in str1 if i find it in str2 remove that character from str2

if what remains is a space then that remains the only difference in the strings so flag it as false

this will allow me to ignore strings that have done this TOM TOM vs TOMTOM and by doing this character by character it doesnt matter if they rearranged the words.

I am working in vba

0
Comment
Question by:PeterBaileyUk
  • 4
6 Comments
 
LVL 17

Expert Comment

by:JezWalters
ID: 35196951
Wouldn't removing all spaces from both strings, and then comparing the strings give you the same result?
0
 
LVL 85

Accepted Solution

by:
Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE ) earned 1000 total points
ID: 35196960
Have you looked into Soundex algorithms (i.e. "fuzzy matches") for these operations? Soundex algorithms can determine if one set of characters very closely mimics another, which is (basically) what you're trying to do.

http://allenbrowne.com/vba-Soundex.html
0
 

Author Comment

by:PeterBaileyUk
ID: 35196964
botj interesting yes to Jez and i will look at the fuzzy logic
0
VIDEO: THE CONCERTO CLOUD FOR HEALTHCARE

Modern healthcare requires a modern cloud. View this brief video to understand how the Concerto Cloud for Healthcare can help your organization.

 
LVL 17

Assisted Solution

by:JezWalters
JezWalters earned 1000 total points
ID: 35197003
You can remove spaces like this:
Option Explicit        ' Force explicit variable declaration
Option Compare Binary  ' Perform case-sensitive comparisons

Public Function RemoveSpace(pvarStrOption Explicit        ' Force explicit variable declaration
Option Compare Binary  ' Perform case-sensitive comparisons

Public Function RemoveSpace(pvarString As Variant) As String

    ' Declare variables
    Dim lngCharacter As Long

    ' Process string
    RemoveSpace = Nz(pvarString)  ' Cope with Null
    For lngCharacter = 1 To Len(RemoveSpace)
        If Mid(RemoveSpace, lngCharacter, 1) = " " Then
            RemoveSpace = Left(RemoveSpace, lngCharacter - 1) & Mid(RemoveSpace, lngCharacter + 1)
        End If
    Next

End Function

Open in new window

0
 
LVL 17

Expert Comment

by:JezWalters
ID: 35197012
Once you've created this function, you can use it in a query like this:

SELECT *, RemoveSpace(YourField1) <> RemoveSpace(YourField2) As Different
FROM YourTable
0
 
LVL 17

Expert Comment

by:JezWalters
ID: 35197052
How do you want to handle different capitalisation between the two strings?
0

Featured Post

Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

You need to know the location of the Office templates folder, so that when you create new templates, they are saved to that location, and thus are available for selection when creating new documents.  The steps to find the Templates folder path are …
Microsoft Access has a limit of 255 columns in a single table; SQL Server allows tables with over 255 columns, but reading that data is not necessarily simple.  The final solution for this task involved creating a custom text parser and then reading…
What’s inside an Access Desktop Database. Will look at the basic interface, Navigation Pane (Database Container), Tables, Queries, Forms, Report, Macro’s, and VBA code.
In Microsoft Access, when working with VBA, learn some techniques for writing readable and easily maintained code.

916 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question