Pulling Year Information From Text String

My client (MC) has gotten a request from one of their clients (TC) for some information stored in the DB.

The TC wants to know what years are covered by an agreement.  Should be a simple request but it complicated by the fact that for each agreement the MC has been entering this information manually into a text field.  Before explaining the requirements I fully realize that because the information is entered manually no logic will be foolproof but I have to make an attempt.

Definition:  Period – Each period should be separated by a comma in the text string.  A period can be a single year (2013) or a span of years (2010-2017).  Each span should have a “-‘ between the beginning year and the ending year.  However the spacing around the dash is inconsistent.  There can be up to 5 periods in a text string
For each period the client wants to know: Oldest Year, Newest Year and Total Number of Years in the Span.

For a period consisting of year 2013, Oldest = 2013, Newest = 2013, Number of Years = 1
For a period 2010 – 2017, Oldest = 2010, Newest = 2017, Number of years = 8

I have created logic that will determine the oldest, newest and number of years in a passed text string.  
Public Sub getMinPeriod_MaxPeriod_TotalInstallPlanPeriods(passedYearsGoverned As String, _
                                                          returnMinAgreementPeriod As Long, _
                                                          returnMaxAgreementPeriod As Long, _
                                                          returnNumberOfPeriods As Long, _
                                                          returnIs2017Included As Boolean)
' this routine will be passed the years governed string from the install plan
' the try to pick out the min year, max year and then calculate the number of periods.
' basically it will create the years one by one starting at 1960.  Then it will see if that year
' exist in the string.  If it does it will make that year eithere the oldest found so far or
' the newest found so far.  At the end of looping thru the years we should have the min and max
Dim wkYearStr As String
Dim wkYearNum As Long
Dim wkMinPeriod As Long
Dim wkMaxperiod As Long
wkMinPeriod = 9999
wkMaxperiod = 0
returnIs2017Included = False
returnIs2017Included = False
For wkYearNum = 1960 To 2017
    wkYearStr = Trim(Str(wkYearNum))
    If InStr(1, passedYearsGoverned, wkYearStr) Then
        ' compare min
        If wkYearNum < wkMinPeriod Then
            wkMinPeriod = wkYearNum
        End If
        '  compare max
        If wkYearNum > wkMaxperiod Then
            wkMaxperiod = wkYearNum
        End If
        ' is 2017 included
        If wkYearNum = 2017 Then
            returnIs2017Included = True
        End If
    End If
Next wkYearNum
' If none found them all must be returned as zero
If wkMinPeriod = 9999 Then
    wkMinPeriod = 0
End If
' calculate the number of periods
returnMinAgreementPeriod = wkMinPeriod
returnMaxAgreementPeriod = wkMaxperiod

returnNumberOfPeriods = wkMaxperiod - wkMinPeriod + 1
End Sub

Open in new window

I now need to develop some logic that will parse thru the entire text string, picking off periods and sending them to my period parsing routine.  That’s where I am having difficulty.  Can anyone help?
I attached a DB including a table of all of the ‘Years Goverend’ text strings in the database.
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Dale FyeCommented:

I might consider using a tally table (tbl_Numbers) with one field (lngNumber) and 10 records (the values 0-9).  Then create a query (qry_Years) from that; in your case it might look like:

select cstr(2000 + Tens.lngNumber * 10 + Ones.lngNumber) as strYear
FROM tbl_Numbers as Tens, tbl_Numbers as Ones
WHERE 2000 + Tens.lngNumber * 10 + Ones.lngNumber >= year(date) - 10
AND 2000 + Tens.lngNumber * 10 + Ones.lngNumber <= Year(Date) + 10

This would give you the years 2008-2028, as string values.

Then you could write a query like:

SELECT yourTable.KeyID, Min(Val(qry_Years.strYear)), Max(Val(qry_Years.strYear))
FROM yourTable, qry_Years
WHERE instr(yourTable.Description, qry_Years.strYear) > 0
GROUP By yourTable.KeyID


List the required output for the following three records:
ID      YearsGoverned
1      2001-2013
2      1988-2007, 2010-2017
3      2006, 2011, 2012, 2013

Is it like the following? If not amend.
ID Oldest  Newest Number
1  2001      2013      13
2 1988       2007       20
2 2012       2013       2
3 2006       2006       1
3 2011       2011       1
3 2012       2012       1
3 2013       2013       1
Gustav BrockCIOCommented:
This function will extract the periods and save them in a table:

Public Function ListPeriods() As Long

    Dim ConcatRecords   As DAO.Recordset
    Dim SingleRecords   As DAO.Recordset
    Dim Periods         As Variant
    Dim Years           As Variant
    Dim ID              As Long
    Dim Index           As Integer
    Dim Primo           As Integer
    Dim Ultimo          As Integer
    Dim RecordCount     As Long
    Set ConcatRecords = CurrentDb.OpenRecordset("Select * From tblYearsGoverned")
    Set SingleRecords = CurrentDb.OpenRecordset("Select * From tblPeriods")
    While Not ConcatRecords.EOF
        ID = ConcatRecords!ID.Value
        Periods = Split(Replace(ConcatRecords!YearsGoverned.Value, "&", ","), ",")
        For Index = LBound(Periods) To UBound(Periods)
            Years = Split(Periods(Index), "-")
            Primo = Years(LBound(Years))
            Ultimo = Years(UBound(Years))
                SingleRecords!ID.Value = ID
                SingleRecords!FirstYear.Value = Primo
                SingleRecords!LastYear.Value = Ultimo
    RecordCount = SingleRecords.RecordCount
    ListPeriods = RecordCount

End Function

Open in new window

And a query will list these:

It's all in the attached demo.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
mlcktmguyAuthor Commented:
Perfect Gustav, thank you.
Gustav BrockCIOCommented:
You are welcome!
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.