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Sunday, March 11, 2012

matlab to excel

Q) what is the excel equivalent of matlab's ismember function
A) vlookup

The syntax is vlookup(lookup_value, table_array, col_index_num, [range_look_up])

It can be used to check if a value exists in a column, compare two columns etc.,

The col_index_num starts from 1.
I usually give the 4th argument as false, so I can get an exact match. See help in excel for more details.

ISNA() - similar to matlab's isnan function, is another function that comes in handy with vlookup. It tells whether a number is #N/A or not.

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