I have an Excel workbook (attached) that has 5 groups and each group has a series of date ranges. The number of groups and number of date ranges are not fixed so another example could have say 15 groups and each group has 7 date ranges.
I need to determine the groups that have exactly the same series of date ranges. In the attached workbook VBA was used to insert a formula in column C for the first date range in each group that concatenated the date start and end dates for each date range in that group. The result is a long string of values.
The VBA then inserted a COUNTIF formula in column D to return the number of instances that the long string in column C occurred. In the attached example the last 2 groups have exactly the same start and end dates. Consequently, the values returned by the COUNTIF formulae should be: 1, 1, 1, 2, 2
However, the values are: 1, 3, 1, 3, 3
I suspect the unexpected COUNTIF results arise from the very long strings involved. I would really appreciate help with how I can get the results I am expecting in column D.
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