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Feb 17, 2015 7:10 AM
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I have thousands of X and Y coordinates in two different columns and would like to combine the coordinates as 6-digit values into a single column. For example, combine (1,1) into 001001, and combine (14, 14) into 014014. A simplified data table is attached.

How do I do that using formula or script?

Bo

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Feb 17, 2015 7:29 AM
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Solution

Assuming X and Y never exceed three digits, this should work in a column formula:

Repeat( "0", 3 - Length( Char( :X ) ) ) || Char( :X ) ||

Repeat( "0", 3 - Length( Char( :Y ) ) ) || Char( :Y )

*Edit:*

Or maybe this is more efficient:

Right**(** Char**(** **1e6** + :X * **1e3** + :Y **)**, **6** **)**

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Feb 17, 2015 7:29 AM
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Assuming X and Y never exceed three digits, this should work in a column formula:

Repeat( "0", 3 - Length( Char( :X ) ) ) || Char( :X ) ||

Repeat( "0", 3 - Length( Char( :Y ) ) ) || Char( :Y )

*Edit:*

Or maybe this is more efficient:

Right**(** Char**(** **1e6** + :X * **1e3** + :Y **)**, **6** **)**

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Feb 17, 2015 9:34 AM
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Feb 17, 2015 7:44 AM
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You can use the Repeat() function to pad out the character representation for these coordinates.

It would look like this:

**(**Repeat**(** "0", **3** - Length**(** Char**(** :X **)** **)** **)** || Char**(** :X **))** || **(**

Repeat**(** "0", **3** - Length**(** Char**(** :Y **)** **)** **)** || Char**(** :Y **))**

I've attached your data table with a new column showing this.

-Jeff

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Feb 17, 2015 9:35 AM
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Feb 17, 2015 10:32 AM
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the left and right functions have a third argument to specify a pad value. JSL Character String Functions

x=42;

right( char(x), 3, "0");

"042"

be careful, some of the other suggestions may be more robust if the numbers are out-of-bounds, or maybe not, depending what you expect:

x=9876;

right( char(x), 3, "0");

"876"

Craige