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Custom keywords for auto categorization

Splitwise already detects words like "pizza" or "bar" to set a category, but it doesn't know location specifics. Thus would it be great if I were able to set my own keywords like "Shop XYZ" > groceries or "McMurderBuger" > Dining out.

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Armin F shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
under review  ·  AdminSplitwise Support (-, Splitwise) responded  · 

Great idea! To be honest, it’s a lot of extra work to create a custom user-by-user system (maybe a good idea for the Pro version?), so that’s not likely in the near term. But if you have suggestions for words to add, please feel to email us at support@splitwise.com or add them to the comments. We also review the system periodically and add new “magic” words when we think of ones to add.

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Jon

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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It would be great if the tool learned behavior. So for example, if I enter in "Safeway" and categorize it as Groceries, then the next time I entered in Safeway, it would automatically add it as a Groceries category.

  • Noah Torp-Smith commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I do my shopping in the same supermarket in Copenhagen, Denmark every day. The name is Netto, and I enter Netto every time, and I also have to switch category to 'Groceries' every time. Given that I have 500+ entries with Netto under Groceries, it'd be great if you could derive that the next Netto entry is probably also Groceries.

  • Marco Almeida commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If I previously categorized expense “xyz” as being, let’s say, a “Car” expense type, then next time I add a new expense for “xyz” the “Car” category should automatically be set.

  • Junjie Ying commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Currently when I add Target, the item will be categorized under GROCERY, which is good. But when I add “Cermak”, which I add nearly once everyday, the item is unrecognized. Every time I have to open the category list to find GROCERY manually. After so many times, I wish the app is smart enough to remember it.

    What the app have now is to have several recently used categories stay at top, which is nice, but those categories usually don’t have gwhat I need.

    I consider that as a simple yet useful function. The app can either add Cermak & GROCERY using hard code, or just use a dictionary to monitor users’ frequent items. In addition, such user habit can be used for suggesting more relevant category in category list instead of recent history.

    In the end, I really appreciate all the hard and great work you’ve done, thank you.

  • Babbar commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    There are several expenses in groups which we add very frequently. It would be great if you can support auto complete within a group. While adding any expense, it gives options of dropdown of previously added ones in that group, just like any auto complete feature

  • Erwin Mayer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    When we enter a supermarket name, and then manually assign a category, Splitwise should learn the association and associate it similarly for subsequent entries.

  • Tobias Haeberle commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Even better: just remember what categories I manually assigned to what terms, and then have an educated guess the next time I use this term for an expense. A very simple implementation of this algorithm should already be quite powerful.

  • Daniela commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    My boyfriend and I use Splitwise to keep track of our expenses with each other. We live together and we are constantly covering for each other on things like groceries, mostly, but also travel booking etc. We always go to certain locations (Market Basket, Whole Foods, local butcher shop to name a few) and we really wish there was an auto-complete based on our history. Feel free to look at our accounts (his is Andrew Roberts adroberts@gmail.com) to see how regular we are with certain expenses. We like the recurring bill thing. My BF uses it for utility bills, but auto-complete would make it even more efficient. Thank you! Love the app! It's been such a time saver and we just want to help you out even more.

  • Luke Smith commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    My dog's name is Harry. When I type "Harry food" in as an expense it would be great if Splitwise would know to categorize it under pets.

    I could assign certain words to categories or, even better, splitwise could learn which words I use in particular categories.

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