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JuiceNZ
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Split column by every second space in a string of names

Hi,

 

Hoping there's a simple solution to this. I have a CSV with a column containing one or more names separated by spaces. Every name is firstname and lastname but there could be between one or a hundred names in a field. I want to split into one row per name. Can't figure out splitting by every second space, or alternately inserting a delimiter(|) into every second space making a simple split by delimiter.

 

Input:

JANCY LI
JANCY LI JANCY LI
JULIE SUN JAMES BLUNT JULIE SUN JULIE SUN

 

Output:

JANCY LI
JANCY LI
JANCY LI
JULIE SUN
JAMES BLUNT
JULIE SUN
JULIE SUN
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AlienSx
Super User
Super User

    split = Table.TransformColumns(
        input_table, 
        {"names_column", (x) => 
            List.Transform(
                List.Split(Text.Split(x, " "), 2),
                (w) => Text.Combine(w, " ")
            )}
    ),
    exp = Table.ExpandListColumn(split, "names_column")

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dufoq3
Super User
Super User

Hi @JuiceNZ, similar approach here:

 

Restult

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let
    Source = Table.FromRows(Json.Document(Binary.Decompress(Binary.FromText("i45W8nL0c45U8PFUitVBcBRQRUN9PF0VgkP9gMK+rsEKTj6hfiEKSKIwllJsLAA=", BinaryEncoding.Base64), Compression.Deflate)), let _t = ((type nullable text) meta [Serialized.Text = true]) in type table [Column1 = _t]),
    Ad_Split = Table.AddColumn(Source, "Split", each List.Transform(List.Split(Text.Split([Column1], " "), 2), (x)=> Text.Combine(x, " ")), type list),
    Combine = Table.FromList(List.Combine(Ad_Split[Split]), Splitter.SplitByNothing(), type table[Column1=text])
in
    Combine

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AlienSx
Super User
Super User

    split = Table.TransformColumns(
        input_table, 
        {"names_column", (x) => 
            List.Transform(
                List.Split(Text.Split(x, " "), 2),
                (w) => Text.Combine(w, " ")
            )}
    ),
    exp = Table.ExpandListColumn(split, "names_column")

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