Monday, November 2, 2020

Perform an Approximate Match in Power Query

If you're familiar with doing an approximate match with VLOOKUP or INDEX / MATCH, you know that it returns the next largest match that is less than the specific looked up value. Some called this a fuzzy match, but it's basically the closest match you can find. You might be wondering why you'd want to do this in Power Query when the lookup function mentioned above can do the job. Power Query may work better when you find yourself doing these kind of fuzzy lookups on a recurring basis or this step is part of a larger series of steps when you have a large dataset (over 500K records maybe?). This video will show how to replicate a VLOOKUP or INDEX/MATCH approximate match.

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