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Solved: A quick COUNTIF solution

Discussion in 'Archive: Business Applications' started by widgeboy, Aug 2, 2006.

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  1. widgeboy

    widgeboy Thread Starter

    Jul 17, 2006
    Hello tech wizards.

    I have a problem that I am sure is simple to fix. Lets say I have a sheet with 2 columns, and 100 rows. Each of the cells are populated with the name of a fruit. What is the best way of counting the number of times that a certain situation occurs. For example, how many times in that data set, is there an "apple" in column A, and "pear" in column B. Can I use COUNTIF?
  2. Yorkshire Guy

    Yorkshire Guy

    Dec 9, 2003
    Hi Widgeboy,

    Where do you want the counts, next to every occurence of say "Apple", or just once at the bottom of the list.

    For the latter:
    in a cell enter =COUNTIF(A1:A100,"Apples")
    or =COUNTIF(B1:B5,"Pear")

    For the former, entering =COUNTIF(A1:A100,A1) will count all the entries in col A that match what is in A1; copy this down the column.

  3. bomb #21

    bomb #21

    Jul 1, 2005
    Doubtful. There are various "Summing and Counting Using Multiple Criteria" examples at http://www.j-walk.com/ss/excel/tips/tip74.htm. The relevant one would be "Count of Sales where Month=Jan AND Region=North", so you'd end up with something like:


    (NB: you don't type the curly brackets, they're created when you use CTRL+Shift+Enter -- instead of plain Enter -- to enter the formula ; it's called an array formula).

    OTOH, many folks these days use SUMPRODUCT to avoid using an array formula. Which would be something like:

  4. widgeboy

    widgeboy Thread Starter

    Jul 17, 2006
    Thats great - thanks very much!! The second line is the best for me here.
  5. carl schmitt

    carl schmitt

    Mar 21, 2008
    I tried formulas in # 21. Neither sumproduct nor sum yield a count- I get o (zero) each time

    I am dealing with 2 ranges and trying to count the number of hits in each, given the other.

    For example, trying to count the number that hve a 1-Large City in range AD2..Ad4629 while also having a Yes in range Bo2..bo4629.
  6. jimr381


    Jul 20, 2007
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    Welcome to the forum Carl. Have you looked into a pivottable before? It is usually a good idea to start your own thread as well to get more exposure. ;)
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