Help

Extract text before first comma in lookup field

Topic Labels: Formulas
Solved
Jump to Solution
2863 4
cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Solid_Build
4 - Data Explorer
4 - Data Explorer

Hello Airtable world,
We’re trying to extract customer’s names from a lookup field of a synced table where the names sometimes include a second name after the comma. Our data usually looks like this:

John Smith
Jane Doe, Terry Doe
James Bond

We’d like to be able to have a column that displays the following:

John Smith
Jane Doe
James Bond

So far we’ve tried the functions below, both returning and error.
IF({Customer's Name}, REGEX_EXTRACT({Customer's Name}, "[^,]*"))
LEFT({Customer's Name}, FIND(",", {Customer's Name}) -1)

The number of characters is unpredictable both, before and after the comma. I suspect the biggest issue is that our primary field from which we’re hoping to pull information is a lookup field and not just simple text. Is there a solution to achieving this?

1 Solution

Accepted Solutions
Kamille_Parks
16 - Uranus
16 - Uranus

Lookups usually return as arrays, and the functions you’re using only work on strings. Solve this by replacing {Customer's Name} with {Customer's Name}&"", which converts the array into a string.

See Solution in Thread

4 Replies 4
Kamille_Parks
16 - Uranus
16 - Uranus

Lookups usually return as arrays, and the functions you’re using only work on strings. Solve this by replacing {Customer's Name} with {Customer's Name}&"", which converts the array into a string.

Amazing, thank you so much!

 

hello, I have the same problem I would like the data of the "Participant field" to be extracted and separated on each formula field

thank you for your help

https://airtable.com/shroD4pRoA52pXcg6 

I found the solution by adding "ARRAYJOIN" in the formula.
Modify location 1 ([^,]+,?){1}") to extract the rest of the string in the following fields.

 

The formula
REGEX_EXTRACT(ARRAYJOIN({Participant nom (from Imported table)}),"([^,]+,?){1}")

best regards