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20150420, 20:25 #1
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Using Excel to find easy to remember phone numbers in a long list of numbers
Is there a way to find phone phone numbers that are easy to remember in a long list of numbers? I search Google and didn't find much help.
The phone numbers do not contain "". They are a string of 10 numbers. Like this 8558975402.
I think an easy to remember phone number would have numbers that repeat, especially the last 4 numbers. Something like 4545, 5500, and etc. However, I would like to check all 10 numbers if possible.
I don't know of a formula in Excel that will do this. It may take VBA.
Thanks in advance for any help.

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Newbie,
We can write the code if you can write the specifications! I think you'll find the latter is the harder.May the Forces of good computing be with you!
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Perhaps another way would be to eliminate all the 'hardtoremember' phone numbers.
Then you would be left with the easy ones.
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Thanks for your reply.
Is there a formula or vba code that would identify repeating numbers in list. For example, if I wanted to ID how many times the number 5 appears in a cell containing 10 numbers.
I searched google and didn't find anything that was very helpful.Last edited by Excelnewbie; 20150422 at 12:09.

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Here's code to do it.
Code:Option Explicit Function iCountDigit(zSearchStr As String, zDigit As String) As Integer '*** Note: this will work if the Excel Value is a Number or String as it '*** will cast a Number to String Dim iCntr As Integer Dim iLen As Integer iLen = Len(zSearchStr) iCountDigit = 0 iCntr = 1 Do iCntr = InStr(iCntr, zSearchStr, zDigit, vbTextCompare) If iCntr > 0 Then iCountDigit = iCountDigit + 1 iCntr = iCntr + 1 End If Loop While iCntr > 0 End Function 'iCountDigit
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Edit:
I just saw what you added at the bottom. Thanks
Amazing. Thank you for the code.
I'm moving in baby steps learning vba.
I've attached a file with 50, 7 digit phone numbers (I removed the area code). I opened a module and entered the code you provided. Unfortunately, at my present skill level
I'm not sure how to make the code work. I pressed F5 and all it did was bring up a Macro Window.
What am I missing?
Thanks again!
Note:Last edited by Excelnewbie; 20150422 at 15:55.

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Newbie,
I made some adjustments to give maximum value:
 Created a header row
 Created conditional formatting to highlight your best choices.
 Froze line 1 on screen for scroling
So that done I entered this formula in B2: =iCountDigit($A2,B$1)
Then I filled it right to column K.
Then I filled down to row 51.
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Note: More than 3 matches will show up in RED!
Test File: Find Repeating Number.xlsm
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Very creative!

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Hi Excelnewbie
It's hard to understand what an 'easytoremember' number 'means'.
For example, in mathematics, the irony is that the 'more random' you make a number, the more unique it becomes!
For phone numbers, you can use 'words' based on the letters associated on a phonepad, so you can have things like Dial 1800Food, Dial 1800cars etc etc
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Hi Zeddy
I agree with you. I'm approaching this multiple faceted subject using repeating numbers. With the VBA code RetiredGeek provided I was able to make some progress.
What I would like to do next is find code like RG provided that would find sequential repeating numbers. That would provide a method that would search out numbers like 2545550, 2545000, 5555500.
Attached is a file I'm working on.
I found what you said the other day to be accurate, "Perhaps another way would be to eliminate all the 'hardtoremember' phone numbers.
Then you would be left with the easy ones."

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Hi Excelnewbie
You formula in column [L] misses column [B], and, if corrected, will always give the result of 7 (if you think about it). I would recommend changing the col [L] formula to
Code:=max(b3:k3)
Now, the higher this number, the more repeating digits found.
After entering this formula, look down (or use Filter) and see the number of results that say, are 3.
Look at the corresponding number in col [A].
Perhaps the col [O] should be Yes if col [L] > 2 ?????
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Zeddy
I'm glad I chose the name Excelnewbie. It makes something like this a little easier to deal with.

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..let's not remember we were all newbies once.
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Newbie,
Ok, here's a modification that will return the number of consecutive repetitions of a number equal to or over a specified threshold.
Code:Function iCountReptDigit(zSearchStr As String, zDigit As String, iRpt As Integer) As Integer '*** Note: this will work if the Excel Value is a Number or String as it '*** will cast a Number to String Dim iCntr As Integer Dim iLastFind As Integer Dim iRptCntr As Integer Dim iStrPtr As Integer Dim iLen As Integer Dim bFound As Boolean iLen = Len(zSearchStr) iRptCntr = 0 iStrPtr = 1 bFound = False Do iCntr = InStr(iStrPtr, zSearchStr, zDigit, vbTextCompare) If iCntr > 0 Then Select Case True Case iRptCntr = 0 '*** First Match bFound = True iRptCntr = 1 Case bFound And iCntr = iLastFind + 1 '*** Consecutive Match iRptCntr = iRptCntr + 1 Case Else '*** Not consecutive Match iRptCntr = 1 End Select iLastFind = iCntr iStrPtr = iCntr + 1 End If Loop Until iCntr = 0 iCountReptDigit = IIf(iRptCntr >= iRpt, iRptCntr, 0) End Function 'iCountDigit
Test File: Find Repeating Number.xlsm
Note: The new macro version is used on Sheet2!
Note2: Notice use of NamedRange so you can change the repetition threshold w/o redoing the formulas.
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This is perfect. Works great. Thank you!
Now my task is to understand, at least in part, some of the code.