Barcode challenge

Barcode challenge

In this week’s challenge, you need to help your local post office whose package sorting system is broken. The packages have a barcode that, when scanned, are converted into a series of ones and zeroes (bits).

The destination country is written in the barcode. It is determined by the two first bits and by the last bit. Write a formula in column U that outputs the destination of the package.

Italy11xxxxx1
France11xxxxx0
Germany10xxxxx1
Spain01xxxxx0
Russia00xxxxx0
USA01xxxxx1



Drop your solution in the comments below! 🙂

Our solution (solves both medium and hard version):


=IF(AND(AND(M6;N6);T6);”Italy”;IF(AND(AND(M6;N6);XOR(N6;T6));”France”;IF(AND(AND(M6;T6);OR(T6;N6));”Germany”;
IF(AND(XOR(M6;N6);XOR(N6;T6));”Spain”;IF(AND(AND(NOT(M6);NOT(N6);NOT(T6)));”Russia”;
IF(AND(XOR(M6;N6;);AND(N6;T6));”USA”;”Country not found”))))))

Since the barcodes are represented by bits, we have chosen to solve this challenge with boolean logic. Inside each IF-function we evaluate the specific countries only with logical operators (AND, OR, XOR & NOT).

Read more about boolean logic:

https://www.i-programmer.info/babbages-bag/235-logic-logic-everything-is-logic.html





4 thoughts on “Barcode challenge

  1. Expanded the Destination table with columns for pos 1, 2, 8. Called it Tdest and used INDEX(MATCH)
    =INDEX(Tdest[Destination];XMATCHNING(1;(N(M6)=Tdest[Pos 1])*(N(N6)=Tdest[Pos 2])*(N(T6)=Tdest[Pos 8])))
    Not figured out how to do it without helper columns. Swedish Excel version.

  2. In this case I prefer a solution to pick the right country from a table. But if I only allowed to use one column I made as follows:

    =IF(ABS(M6&N6&T6)=111;”Italy”;IF(ABS(M6&N6&T6)=110;”France”;IF(ABS(M6&N6&T6)=101;”Germany”;
    IF(ABS(M6&N6&T6)=10;”Spain”;IF(ABS(M6&N6&T6)=0;”Russia”;
    IF(ABS(M6&N6&T6)=11;”USA”;””))))))

  3. Inte speciellt originellt eller elegant men:

    =OM(SAMMAN(M6;N6;T6)=”SANTSANTSANT”;”Italien”;OM(SAMMAN(M6;N6;T6)=”SANTSANTFALSKT”;
    “Frankrike”;OM(SAMMAN(M6;N6;T6)=”SANTFALSKTSANT”;”Tyskland”;OM(SAMMAN(M6;N6;T6)=
    “FALSKTSANTFALSKT”;”Spanien”;OM(SAMMAN(M6;N6;T6)=”FALSKTFALSKTFALSKT”;
    “Ryssland”;OM(SAMMAN(M6;N6;T6)=”FALSKTSANTSANT”;”USA”;””))))))

  4. =SWITCH(CONCATENATE(M6;N6;T6);”111″;”Italy”;”110″;”France”;”101″;”Germany”;”010″;”Spain”;”000″;”Russia”;”011″;”USA”)

    Kul med dessa pussel. Visste inte att Excel hade en switch statement innan jag fick klura pÄ det. /Jeff

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