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Equivalent to LOOKUP Function but for a Text formated Line Item?

Hi All, I have an Import Module which has a Number and a Text Line Item. I have created another module with the Dimensions Provided Service and Cost Centre and in the Import Module created List fomatted Line Items for those 2 Dimension. I have successfully pulled across the Number formatted Line item from the Import Module using the SUM: function. This is the formula in the target module 'Import 3 - Consumption Data'.Consumption Volume[SUM: 'Import 3 - Consumption Data'.'Provided Service - Lookup', SUM: 'Import 3 - Consumption Data'.'Cost Centre - Lookup'] I now want to do the exact same thing but returning the Text formatted line item I thought this formula would work 'Import 3 - Consumption Data'.Consumption Unit[LOOKUP:'Import 3 - Consumption Data'.'Provided Service - Lookup', LOOKUP:'Import 3 - Consumption Data'.'Cost Centre - Lookup'] but it appears LOOKUP: can only be used on Amounts and not Text is there an equivalent function for Text? Many thanks Paul

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RE: Equivalent to LOOKUP Function but for a Text formated Line Item?

Hi Paul, Great question. The answer is YES :D Try [FIRSTNONBLANK: ] instead of [SUM: ] when you are working with text. As you've seen, when you are working with numbers, it's possible to , and also , , . Because text can't be aggregated like numbers can, with text you have a couple of different options:
  • FIRSTNONBLANK - grabs the first string that it finds
  • LASTNONBLANK - returns the last string that is finds
  • TEXTLIST - concatenates all the text that it finds with a comma (,)
https://community.anaplan.com/anapedia/calculation-functions/firstnonblank https://community.anaplan.com/anapedia/calculation-functions/textlist So I think in your case your formula would be: 
'Import 3 - Consumption Data'.Consumption Unit[FIRSTNONBLANK:'Import 3 - Consumption Data'.'Provided Service - Lookup', FIRSTNONBLANK:'Import 3 - Consumption Data'.'Cost Centre - Lookup']
Post back and let me know how you get on. B) Kind regards, Simon
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Re: RE: Equivalent to LOOKUP Function but for a Text formated Line Item?

This was a huge help! Thanks Simon

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RE: Equivalent to LOOKUP Function but for a Text formated Line Item?

Perfect, thanks Simon thats doing exactly what I wanted. Cheers Paul