Excel Sort/Filter on a Large Sheet Giving Wonky Result
Posted on 2013-05-22
I built an Excel 10 data sheet at work intended to harvest information about the location of our clients. I'm trying to use the sort and filter functions to display which zipcodes have the most customers, both in total and by our two locations.
The problem is that when I sort my worksheet by number of clients I get wonky results. Specifically, the numbers for the two locations do not add up to the number of clients total for any given zip code.
The sheets are built so that everything refers directly to a core sheet with the data. Each cell is a COUNTIFS function based on zipcode, location of service, gender, service provider and various other pieces of information. The number of clients per zipcode is in the second column of the results sheets -- the first column is the zipcode, and data on the columns to the right is further refined queries.
The problem occurs when I try to sort the entire results sheet by most clients at a zip code. hen I do that the COUNTIFS forumlas tend to be different than what I would have expected it to see. Particularly they refer to the old row rather than the one the sorter moved the data to, even though only the column is absoluted. for example, when the cell is moved from C25 to C6 the reference should be to $A6, but instead it still points to $A25. the same construction works fine when I extracted the data in the first place.
How can I make the sort function do what it is meant to and maintain the integrity of the data rows in the extracted sheet I'm trying to sort??