I have a slight problem. I’m trying to automate a process where I download a list early on, and then compare it to shortened lists later on in the month. For example, an auction comes up with 1,000 properties at the beginning of the calendar year. After the first month, the list is reduced (by the auctioning authority) to 995. After the second month, it’s 889; the third is 750, and so forth. Finally, for the sake of argument, by auction time, the list is down to like, 230.
The problem I’m running into is that while I’m “scrubbing” the list of the original 1,000, I’m inserting comments of what I like/don’t like, and in a table putting my personal vote to bid/not to bid. What I’d like to do is carry those comments into subsequent iterations of the lists–into what the authority is still offering for auction, that way I don’t have to start from scratch every time the authority culls their lists.
I want to apply the new auction list to the old one that I’ve worked on, and apply my comments from the old to the new list.
Orig List New Auction List (From Day 1) (Day 30) A (my comments) A A (my comments) B (my comments) C (my comments) C C (my comments) D (my comments) + = E (my comments) F (my comments) F F (my comments) G (my comments) H (my comments) H H (my comments) I (my comments) I I (my comments)
I’m positive the “Help” documentation covers this sort of thing . . . but for the life of me, I can’t think of a term for what I’m trying to do. I don’t think it’s a “merge” function. Any ideas? Or, anyone try this before?
Note: The mechanics of which are not a problem. A Doper previously, and kindly, wrote a script which allows me to download an HTML format into delimited text, which I can then import into Excel or Access. Gathering the data isn’t the thing, it’s the massaging or working with it, where I’m running into trouble. Any thoughts or ideas are warmly welcomed.