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Jun 11, 2020 08:48 AM

Hi!

Can someone tell me why my formula is not working?

IF({Rating}=1,

” :star: ”,

IF({Rating}=2,

” :star: :star: ”,

IF({Rating}=3,

” :star: :star: :star: ”,

IF({Rating}=4,

” :star: :star: :star: :star: ”,

IF({Rating}=5,

” :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: ”,

)))))

Basically, I want to convert a lookup value of integers into an emoji.

Many thanks.

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Jun 11, 2020 09:00 AM

What field type is your `{Rating}`

field? Is it a number that you’ve manually entered? Is it a lookup/rollup from another table? Is it Airtable’s own rating field?

Type aside (for now), you could simplify this by using the `REPT()`

function, which repeats a given item a specified number of times.

```
REPT("⭐️", Rating)
```

If `{Rating}`

is 5, you’ll get five stars. If it’s 50, you’ll get 50 stars. The number directly drives the output.

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Jun 11, 2020 10:06 AM

Your formula has an extra comma at the end. That is why it isn’t working. You can remove the last comma before the closing parenthesis. (This is a very common error.)

```
IF({Rating}=5,
"⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️", <=== here is the extra comma
)))))
```

Or you can use @Justin_Barrett’s formula, which is a bit more flexible.

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Jun 12, 2020 12:29 AM

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Jun 12, 2020 12:30 AM

I tried it without the comma, it still didn’t work. Strange…

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Jun 12, 2020 12:56 AM

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Jun 12, 2020 01:14 AM

Since I have you two experts, can I ask if there is a sleeker way to write this formula?

{K1 age} & IF(AND({K1 age}, OR({K2 age}, {K3 age}, {K4 age}, {K5 age})), ", ")

& {K2 age} & IF(AND({K2 age}, OR({K3 age}, {K4 age}, {K5 age})), ", ")

& {K3 age} & IF(AND({K3 age}, OR({K4 age}, {K5 age})), ", ")

& {K4 age} & IF(AND({K4 age}, {K5 age}), ", ")

& {K5 age}

Basically I have 5 fields of kids ages (K1 to K5), but not everyone has 5 kids. I want to put all the ages together e.g. 10, 5, 2 and not have a result like 10, 5, 2, , , . So that was the formula I used - it works but I thought there might be a better way.

Thanks so much for your help so far!!

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Jun 12, 2020 08:24 AM

Braces are only required if the field name contains spaces and/or certain special characters. For example, if you use an emoji as a field name (which is valid), it will require braces.

Yes, this can be simplified. All you need to do with each field after `{K1 age}`

is look to see if its value exists. If it does, add the comma and the field value.

```
{K1 age} & IF({K2 age}, ", " & {K2 age})
& IF({K3 age}, ", " & {K3 age})
& IF({K4 age}, ", " & {K4 age})
& IF({K5 age}, ", " & {K5 age})
```

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Jun 14, 2020 01:46 AM

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