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Brian Barker <> wrote:
At 09:26 20/01/2014 -0800, Hugo Borrell wrote:
I download big raw data containing that is supposed to show minute 
per minute quotation of an index (SP500). The problem is that some 
quotations have been included twice in the same minute (at some 
seconds of distance)

I tried to clean that manually but it appears to be a huge work. I'd 
like to have a smarter way to ask calc to keep only one data of each 
minute time

How could that be solved ?

Let's imagine your values are in columns A to F.

o I'm guessing that, if you need only one value per minute, you don't 
need to know the seconds value of the timestamp.  In a spare column,

Would =FLOOR(A5,1/1440) accomplish the same thing and if so wouldn't it be more efficient?

This will round your 
timestamps to complete minutes.  Now copy this column and paste it 
back over column A

Why? I would think that both columns could be retained thus eliminating a manual operation.

I would also think, Brian, that a pivot table involving this modified time and averaging the market 
quotes would replace your following steps but I may know too little about pivot tables. 

When collecting data I dislike copying and pasting (special or not). I especially dislike wiping 
out formulas. I am guessing that the original poster is somehow gathering the data automatically 
("automagically") and it is being viewed in semi real time. How this is being accomplished I don't 

o At a convenient place, perhaps elsewhere on the sheet or on another 
sheet, create a list of times containing only one value per 
minute.  (I'm going to assume that these values are also in column A 
starting at row n.)  To do this, enter the first two values manually 
(here 2013-10-11 13:47:00 and 2013-10-11 13:48:00), select both, and 
then fill them down the column as necessary.  Now all you need to do 
is to harvest the appropriate values for subsequent columns.

o In Bn, enter
(with the real row number in place of "n" and the real final row 
number in place of "999", of course).  First fill this formula down 
column B.  Then select all the relevant cells in column B (containing 
this formula, as modified) and fill these across columns C to F.

How does it work?  Then VLOOKUP() function searches the first column 
of the range of original data for the first occurrence of the 
appropriate timestamp.  When it finds a match, it copies the value 
from the appropriate later column.  Using COLUMN() in place of an 
explicit column number allows the formula to adjust automatically for 
later columns.  (If your cleaned data are not in columns A to F, you 
will need to modify this parameter to COLUMN()-1 or whatever.)  The 
final parameter needs to be zero (or FALSE) to indicate that if there 
is no value for that minute, you will (presumably) want to see an 
error condition instead of a value unhelpfully harvested from a nearby


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