Solved

How do I countif a range of cells that is not adjacent?

Posted on 2011-02-22
5
312 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Several Excel functions require you to have the RANGE or Array of cells be adjancent to each other (A1:A6)....what if my Range or Array is A1, A6, A8, A9, etc.?

I don't want to create a named range for all 400 rows....which is what I am looking at now...

0
Comment
Question by:ContechBridge
  • 2
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 50

Expert Comment

by:barry houdini
ID: 34952735
The answer might differ depending on the function. COUNTIF, for instance won't even allow you to use a named range if that range is made up of non-adjacent cells.

Is there a pattern, e.g. every 3rd cell? You can then write a formula to count "x" only within every third cell, or simpler, if you have an adjacent column which somehow identifies which rows are included then you can use a SUMPRODUCT or COUNTIFS function

regards, barry
0
 

Author Comment

by:ContechBridge
ID: 34952898
I want to find the MIN of the following cells that DO NOT contain "0"

Q6,S6,U6,AA6,AG6,AM6,AS6
0
 
LVL 50

Accepted Solution

by:
barry houdini earned 50 total points
ID: 34953142
Assuming that those cells are either blank or contain positive numbers try

=LARGE((Q6,S6,U6,AA6,AG6,AM6,AS6),(Q6>0)+(S6>0)+(U6>0)+(AA6>0)+(AG6>0)+(AM6>0)+(AS6>0))

[I know it uses LARGE but it still finds the MIN non zero]

obviously that isn't a viable approach for a large number of cells - for that I think you'd have to use data in another row, e.g. if row 5 for each of those cells (i.e. the cell above) shows an "x" then you could use an array formula like

=SMALL(IF(Q6:AS6>0,IF(Q5:AS5="x",Q6:AS6)),1)

confirmed with CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER

regards, barry
0
 

Author Comment

by:ContechBridge
ID: 34953389
Forgive my ignorance here but, just adding the "()" to the range of non adjancent cells makes it the LARGE function work with non adjacent cells...?

Everything after that is just defining the "K" criteria?
0
 
LVL 81

Expert Comment

by:byundt
ID: 34953806
The parentheses are actually the Union operator. Some (but far from all) functions will work on a union of non-contiguous cells. This union is then treated as a single parameter--a range (with multiple areas)--by the union-savvy functions. So in barryhoudini's suggested LARGE formula, (Q6,S6,U6,AA6,AG6,AM6,AS6) is the union of the seven cells.

Excel also has an Intersection operator--which is the space character. So A1:A6 A3:D4 would return the intersection of those two ranges: cells A3 and A4. Once again, not all functions are intersection-savvy.

Brad
0

Featured Post

Is Your Active Directory as Secure as You Think?

More than 75% of all records are compromised because of the loss or theft of a privileged credential. Experts have been exploring Active Directory infrastructure to identify key threats and establish best practices for keeping data safe. Attend this month’s webinar to learn more.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Sparklines have been introduced with Excel 2010 and are a useful tool for creating small in-cell charts, used for example in dashboards. Excel 2010 offers three different types of Sparklines: Line, Column and Win/Loss. What it does not offer is a…
Freeze panes is an option within all variants of Excel to enable parts of a sheet to remain stationary when the cursor is in another part of the sheet. This is a very useful feature which is overlooked or under used.
The viewer will learn how to simulate a series of sales calls dependent on a single skill level and learn how to simulate a series of sales calls dependent on two skill levels. Simulating Independent Sales Calls: Enter .75 into cell C2 – “skill leve…
The viewer will learn how to create two correlated normally distributed random variables in Excel, use a normal distribution to simulate the return on different levels of investment in each of the two funds over a period of ten years, and, create a …

863 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

19 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now