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# Excel/VBA to List all Possible Combinations of Variables and Variants for each variable

Question
Hi Tom

I'm trying to test unique data scenarios within a set of data

The data has lets say 10 columns and column can have a few variants (eg Yes,No,?,etc..)

Can I setup a macro that lists out the unique scenarios combining the variables and their variants?

As a side question how would I calculate the no. of unique combinations using math?

Bob

Bob,
If you want to know how many combinations you would have, then assume

A 10
B 5
C 7
E 2

so you would multiply the number of variants  10 x 5 x 7 x 2 = 700

You can see with 10 columns this would get big fast.

as far as writing them out with vba, yes you could do this

Sub abc()
Dim v, i As Long, j As Long, k As Long, l As Long, m As Long
Dim n As Long, o As Long, p As Long, q As Long, r As Long
Dim max As Long
ReDim v(1 To 10)
For i = 1 To 10
v(i) = Cells(Rows.Count, i).End(xlUp).Row
Next

max = 0
For i = 1 To 10
If max < v(i) Then
max = v(i)
End If
Next
max = max + 2

For i = 1 To v(1)
For j = 1 To v(2)
For k = 1 To v(3)
For l = 1 To v(4)
For m = 1 To v(5)
For n = 1 To v(6)
For o = 1 To v(7)
For p = 1 To v(8)
For q = 1 To v(9)
For r = 1 To v(1)
Cells(max, 1) = Cells(i, 1)
Cells(max, 2) = Cells(j, 2)
Cells(max, 3) = Cells(k, 3)
Cells(max, 4) = Cells(l, 4)
Cells(max, 5) = Cells(m, 5)
Cells(max, 6) = Cells(n, 6)
Cells(max, 7) = Cells(o, 7)
Cells(max, 8) = Cells(p, 8)
Cells(max, 9) = Cells(q, 9)
Cells(max, 10) = Cells(r, 10)
max = max + 1

Next r, q, p, o, n, m, l, k, j, i
End Sub

That assumes 10 columns in A:J with variants starting in row 1

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Regards,
Tom Ogilvy
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