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# COUNTIF Return 3.1 not 3.10

Posted on 2011-09-22
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Here is my problem.

I am trying to make a spreadsheet that is going to be imported by another program.  And I need to have the formula keep count of the number of times something has been selected above.

Here is what I am doing.  I am using a VLOOKUP to find the Value Column.  Then I am using a COUNTIF to Total # of time occurances in the column.
Then using  CONCATENATE to Produce Value Displayed
Group                                 Value           Total #         Correct Value              Value Displayed
Plate-Carbon        3.1      1                 1                                    3.1.1
Plate-Carbon       3.1      2                  2                                   3.1.2
MISC.                           3.10               3                 1                                    3.10.1

The Issue I am having is that COUNTIF is counting 3.10 as 3.1
I can't change the the number to be decimial based because I need 3.1 and 3.10.

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Question by:RyanReese
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RyanReese,

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Patrick
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Typically COUNTIF treats text and numbers the same so 3.10 = 3.1 even if the former is text. Assuming your data is text (which it will be if produced by concatenation) then try SUMPRODUCT instead e.g. to count 3.10 in B2:B10

=SUMPRODUCT((B2:B10="3.10")+0)
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I can't use 3.10 within the formula since I need to return the total count based on different values in the formula.

I attached the file that shows the issue

=COUNTIF(\$J\$1:J2,J2)

Plate-Carbon      3.1      1      CYLINDER
MISC.      3.10      3      NOZ A
Example-Experts.xlsx
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barry houdini earned 500 total points
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The same principle applies with the criterion being a cell reference- try SUMPRODUCT like this

=SUMPRODUCT((B\$1:B2=B2)+0)

make sure you format the formula cells as general

regards, barry
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...see attached..

regards, barry
27322180.xlsx
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Thank you.  That was it
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