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Matching and returning a list of all matching words within a number of columns in a new table column


I need help to match and return the list of matching values ( in a new column, separated by a comma ideally) that are located within several columns in my table for each row to the values within another column.

I need to look for values in the columns Category, Family and Bham_Name and return a list for any words within these columns that match a word within the Bham_NRM_Level4/5_Code corresponding row. If a match does not exist, to return a string that says Warning.

What is the best way to do this and also is there a way to account for the difference in language where words are referred to differently, such as Pipe, Pipes, Pipeline, Pipework etc? Perhaps base the match on 4 minimum number of chatterers instead of the whole word?


Many thanks for your help. 🙂

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Super User III
Super User III

Hi @EllieSim ,


Believe you have an issue with defining the word you need but try to add the following calculated column:


find =
VAR find_text =
    LEFT (
        RIGHT (
            'Table'[Level 4/5];
            LEN ( 'Table'[Level 4/5] ) - SEARCH ( " "; 'Table'[Level 4/5]; 1 )
    IF (
        SEARCH ( find_text; 'Table'[Category]; 1; BLANK () )
            + SEARCH ( find_text; 'Table'[Bham_Name]; 1; BLANK () ) > 0;
        BLANK ();


Columns may need adjustment.


This is only returning the Warning part. Please tell me if this work as you need.


On the other part returning the list of words taking into account that this can be any given word what do you need for example:


Drainage Pipe you need Drainage Pipe or just Pipe?


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Community Support
Community Support

Hi @EllieSim ,

I thought there is a subset relationship between 'Level 4/5 code' and other three columns so I created a Words table in advanced editor first:

    OriginTable = Table,
    TableA = Table.RenameColumns(Table.ExpandListColumn(Table.TransformColumns(Table.SelectColumns(OriginTable,{"Category"}), {{"Category", Splitter.SplitTextByDelimiter(" ", QuoteStyle.Csv), let itemType = (type nullable text) meta [Serialized.Text = true] in type {itemType}}}), "Category"),{"Category","Word"}),
    TableB = Table.RenameColumns(Table.ExpandListColumn(Table.TransformColumns(Table.SelectColumns(OriginTable,{"Family"}), {{"Family", Splitter.SplitTextByDelimiter(" ", QuoteStyle.Csv), let itemType = (type nullable text) meta [Serialized.Text = true] in type {itemType}}}), "Family"),{"Family","Word"}),
    TableC = Table.RenameColumns(Table.ExpandListColumn(Table.TransformColumns(Table.SelectColumns(OriginTable,{"Bham_Name"}), {{"Bham_Name", Splitter.SplitTextByDelimiter(" ", QuoteStyle.Csv), let itemType = (type nullable text) meta [Serialized.Text = true] in type {itemType}}}), "Bham_Name"),{"Bham_Name","Word"}),
    FinalTable = Table.Combine({TableA,TableB,TableC}),
    #"Removed Duplicates" = Table.Distinct(FinalTable)
    #"Removed Duplicates"

word table.png

This Word tabls is spilts these three columns based on ' ' identifier and combine them with different strings.

Then I created a calculated column like this:

Column = 
        MAX ( 'Words'[Word] ),
        FILTER (
            CONTAINSSTRING ( 'Table'[Category], 'Words'[Word] )
                && CONTAINSSTRING ( 'Table'[Family], 'Words'[Word] )
                && CONTAINSSTRING ( 'Table'[Bham_Name], 'Words'[Word] )
                && CONTAINSSTRING ( 'Table'[Bhan_Code], 'Words'[Word] )

You will get the following result which is your possibly expected:

table result.png

Here is my sample file that hopes to help you, please try it: PBIX 

Best Regards,
Yingjie Li

If this post helps then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly.

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