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I use lookup function in a excel file with 34000 files to search the ones that aply to my criteria (e2):

=SI.ERROR(BUSCARV(E2;'dades n-1'!F2:$J$34000;2;false);0)

Buscarv is lookup in spanish

The problem is that i do the same operation, in 3 other colums:

=SI.ERROR(BUSCARV(E2;'dades n-1'!F2:$J$34000;3;false);0)
=SI.ERROR(BUSCARV(E2;'dades n-1'!F2:$J$34000;4;false);0)
=SI.ERROR(BUSCARV(E2;'dades n-1'!F2:$J$34000;5;false);0)

and it is very, very.... slow.

Do you know any other way to do it, via VBA or power pivot tables?

Any sugestion would be greatly appreciated.
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Question by:joanaplicacions
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Patrick Matthews earned 980 total points
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VLOOKUP / BUSCARV is a handy function, but its performance can be bad.

Writing your own VBA function will likely just make it worse: UDFs will underperform compared to native functions.

You could try INDEX and MATCH.  Not sure what the Spanish equivalent would be:


=IFERROR(INDEX('dades n-1'!$F$2:$J$34000,MATCH(E2,'dades n-1'!$F$2:$F$34000,0),2),0)

That replaces your first BUSCARV.
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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I would suggest that you use a separate column for the match function

=COINCIDIR(E2;'dades n-1'!F2:$J$34000;false)

and then use an index function (assuming that the match function is in column F2)

=SI.ERROR(INDICE('dades n-1'!F2:$J$34000;F2;2);0)
=SI.ERROR(INDICE('dades n-1'!F2:$J$34000;F2;3);0)
=SI.ERROR(INDICE('dades n-1'!F2:$J$34000;F2;4);0)
=SI.ERROR(INDICE('dades n-1'!F2:$J$34000;F2;5);0)
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by:joanaplicacions
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Thankyou very much, I am new in this web but I like a lot, the answers are very good and fast.

Just a litle question for ssaqibh, why it is better to put the mach function in a separated column?
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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The coincidir and the buscar functions both search through 34000 rows one-by-one. If you use 4 buscar functions then the entire process is done four times. If you use one match function then the process is done only once.

The indice function knows where to pick the value from (from the extra column) so it does not take time. So any number of indice functions would go unnoticed.

So eventually now you have to bear all the buscars only once for the extra column and the rest is instantaneous.
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by:joanaplicacions
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Thanks a lot ssaqibh
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by:Patrick Matthews
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Good point Saqib :)
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