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Using Countifs on the same Column Multiple Times

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Is it possible to use Countifs in this way:

I would like to count X if A is true and B is true or C is true or D is true or E is true .
B, C, D, and/or E are all in Column O. A is in column P

So essentially I'm looking for a way to make the formula work with:

Countifs(P:P, "variable A", AND O:O, "variable B", OR O:O "variable C", OR O:O, "variable D") etc....

If not, what can I use to accomplish?
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Question by:-Polak
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by:leptonka
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Hi,

I would use SUMPRODUCT with boolean-arrays, where multiplication corresponds AND and addition corresponds OR, so something like:
=SUMPRODUCT((P1:P10="A")*((O1:O10="B")+(O1:O10="C")+(O1:O10="D")))

in this part:
((O1:O10="B")+(O1:O10="C")+(O1:O10="D"))
you use the same column, so it is not possible that two or more part is true at the same time. If it is not the case, you need to use an additional checking:
=SUMPRODUCT((P1:P10="A")*(((O1:O10="B")+(O1:O10="C")+(N1:N10="D"))>0))

Anyway, would be great to see the original problem to write the correct boolean-tests.

Cheers,
Kris
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barry houdini earned 500 total points
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Try this setup

=SUM(COUNTIFS(P:P,"A",O:O,{"B","C","D","E"}))

regards, barry
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by:leptonka
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wow, that is great barry! I did not know it could work this way with array.
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by:-Polak
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Beautiful, I'm glad we could all learn something here today.
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