Creating a category column based off sub-categories from a dropdown column


I'm looking to make a column which returns the corresponding category for sub categories in another dropdown column 

For example, I have column 1: The text/number column for writing a formula to return the category and column 2: the dropdown for which I have subcategories.

In column 1, I have categories X,Y and Z. in column 2, I have A,B,C,D,E,F.

Let's say I want A and B to be under X, C and D under Y, E and F under Z.

if I select A and B in column 2, column 1 should return X in the same row.

if I select A, B and C in column 2, column 1 should return X,Y (or any delimiter like X:Y).

How would I go about doing this?



  • Paul Newcome
    Paul Newcome ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I would suggest creating a reference table where the subcategories are listed in one column and their corresponding categories in another.

    Then you would use a JOIN/COLLECT like so:

    =JOIN(COLLECT({Reference Table Category Column}, {Reference Table SubCategory Column}, HAS(SubCategory@row, @cell)), "delimiter of choice")

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