I have a column of values (column A for this example) like such:

Phytophora sojae
Phytophora ramorum
Cryptococcus neoformans
Coccidioides posadasii

And I'd like to create a new formula column (B) that has the value "Yes" if the value in A is present in another column (C) that might look like:

Cryptococcus neoformans var. neoformans
Coccidioides posadasii C735 delta SOWgp

So that the spreadsheet will ultimately look like:

A                       | B   | C
Phytophora sojae        |     | Cryptococcus neoformans var. neoformans
Phytophora ramorum      |     | Coccidioides posadasii C735 delta SOWgp
Cryptococcus neoformans | Yes |
Coccidioides posadasii  | Yes |

I think I need a formula that uses some combination of FIND, FILTER, and IF; however, the FIND function does not seem to work as I expect it to.

If I can figure out how to partially match against a range, it might be sufficient, because I think I can use this solution B1 = IF(COUNTA(IFERROR(FILTER(A:A ; A:A=C1 ))) ; "Yes" ; "") to map it to a Yes or blank value.

In Python, the equivalent operation might look like:

for i, query in enumerate(A):
    for target in C:
        if query in target:
            B[i] = "Yes"
  • How does A1=C1? – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Apr 19 '13 at 6:36
  • Did my solution help you? – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Apr 28 '13 at 18:19
  • The elements of A are substrings of C, so that it partially matches. – Edd Apr 29 '13 at 23:52

This formula should do the trick:


Explained from the inside out:

  • the VLOOKUP will lookup column A in column C
  • the IF statement will result "Yes" if something has been found
  • the IFERROR function will ignore empty cells
  • the ARRAYFORMULA will take on complete column ranges

In your example, column B is completely empty. If you add A1 to C4 then B1 will give "Yes".

  • Sorry, I don't have the reputation to vote you up. I was looking for a partial match solution. "Yes" if A_n is a substring of any row in C. I think your solution is an exact matching solution. – Edd Apr 29 '13 at 23:53
  • I will revise the answer. – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Apr 30 '13 at 6:28
  • I'm working on a script to do the work for you. – Jacob Jan Tuinstra May 15 '13 at 6:42

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