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# #44 — Group Rows And Combine Non-Null Values in Each of The Non-Grouping Columns

Problem description & analysis:

In the Excel table below, the 1st column is the category; columns from the 2nd to the 42nd are parallel columns of data items (below only shows some of the columns), where there are two types of values – X and null. Occasionally, there are duplicate values in a column under the same category.

Task: Group rows and combine values in each column in each group; only display one of the duplicate values if there are any.

Solution:

Use SPL XLL to do this:

``````=spl("=?.group(~1).(g=~,(r1=~1).(g.(~(r1.#)).ifn()))",A2:E11)
``````

As shown in the picture below:

Explanation:

group()function groups data and computes data in each group. ifn() function returns the first non-null member in the sequence, and it returns null if each member of the sequence is null. ~ is the current group; ~1 represents the 1st row of the current group; and # is the ordinal number of the current member.

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