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Posted on 2014-01-21
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Hello, trying to fix this formula, get a too many arguments error.

=IF(COUNTIF(AE6,AE39:AE41,"*Thunderstorm*")>0,9,IF(COUNTIF(AE6,AE39:AE41,"*Freezing*")>0,8,IF(COUNTIF(AE6,AE39:AE41,"*Snow*")>0,7,IF(COUNTIF(AE6,AE39:AE41,"*Blowing*")>0,6,IF(COUNTIF(AE6,AE39:AE41,"*Rain*")>0,5,IF(COUNTIF(AE6,AE39:AE41,"*Fog*")>0,4,IF(COUNTIF(AE6,AE39:AE41,"*Winds*")>0,3,1)))))))
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Question by:sandramac
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Hi sandramac,

will you provide sample workbook pls?

thanks
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Basically I need to see if the criteria such as, Thunderstorm, appears in cell AE6 or AE39 to AE 41. if so then cell equal 9, if not then continue to evaluate for the next criteria which is Freezing.
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The correct formula for countif is CountIf(Range, Criteria). If you remove the AE6, it will work:

=IF(COUNTIF(AE39:AE41,"*Thunderstorm*")>0,9,IF(COUNTIF(AE39:AE41,"*Freezing*")>0,8,IF(COUNTIF(AE39:AE41,"*Snow*")>0,7,IF(COUNTIF(AE39:AE41,"*Blowing*")>0,6,IF(COUNTIF(AE39:AE41,"*Rain*")>0,5,IF(COUNTIF(AE39:AE41,"*Fog*")>0,4,IF(COUNTIF(AE39:AE41,"*Winds*")>0,3,1)))))))

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Do u mean this?

=IF(COUNTIF(AE39:AE41,"ThunderStrom")>0,9)
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=IF(COUNTIF(AE39:AE41,"Thunderstorm")>0,9,IF(COUNTIF(AE39:AE41,"Freezing")>0,8,IF(COUNTIF(AE39:AE41,"Snow")>0,7,IF(COUNTIF(AE39:AE41,"Blowing")>0,6,IF(COUNTIF(AE39:AE41,"Rain")>0,5,IF(COUNTIF(AE39:AE41,"Fog")>0,4,IF(COUNTIF(AE39:AE41,"Winds")>0,3,1)))))))
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oh sorry you got answer refresh IE and seen....

Thanks
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If you have Excel 2007 or later, you can use the IFERROR function to return the value for no matches.

You can use LOOKUP with the reciprocal of the COUNTIF using an array of matching values to find the last matching word in the array. So by reversing the order of the tests (i.e. Thunderstorm is last), you can handle all the cases with a compact formula--and no nested IF functions.

You have to test ranges AE6 and AE39:AE41 separately, but the formula doing so is half the length of one using nested IF functions.
``````=MAX(IFERROR(LOOKUP(2,1/COUNTIF(AE6,"*" & {"Winds","Fog","Rain","Blowing","Snow","Freezing","Thunderstorm"} & "*"),{3,4,5,6,7,8,9}),1),IFERROR(LOOKUP(2,1/COUNTIF(AE39:AE41,"*" & {"Winds","Fog","Rain","Blowing","Snow","Freezing","Thunderstorm"} & "*"),{3,4,5,6,7,8,9}),1))
``````
The above formula does not need to be array-entered.
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I also need to evaluation cell AE6 to, in addition to AE39:AE41
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I did evaluate both cells AE6 and AE39:AE41 in my suggested formula. The first IFERROR & LOOKUP handles AE6 while the second handles AE39:AE41.

I repeat the formula below with line feeds so you can see the pieces more clearly.

=MAX(
IFERROR(LOOKUP(2,1/COUNTIF(AE6,"*" & {"Winds","Fog","Rain","Blowing","Snow","Freezing","Thunderstorm"} & "*"),{3,4,5,6,7,8,9}),1),
IFERROR(LOOKUP(2,1/COUNTIF(AE39:AE41,"*" & {"Winds","Fog","Rain","Blowing","Snow","Freezing","Thunderstorm"} & "*"),{3,4,5,6,7,8,9}),1)
)
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byundt earned 500 total points
Here is an explanation for the formula:
COUNTIF(AE6,"*" & {"Winds","Fog","Rain","Blowing","Snow","Freezing","Thunderstorm"}  & "*")
Returns array of counts for each possible weather condition in AE6

LOOKUP(2,1/COUNTIF(AE6,"*" ....),{3,4,5,6,7,8,9})
Returns 3, 4, 5 etc for last non-zero count in array returned by COUNTIF. Ignores errors caused by zero counts. Returns error value if there was no match for a weather condition.

IFERROR(LOOKUP(....), 1)
Returns the value returned by LOOKUP if it wasn't an error. Returns 1 if LOOKUP returned an error (no matching weather condition).

=MAX(IFERROR(LOOKUP2,1/COUNTIF(AE6,....),....),1),    IFERROR(LOOKUP2,1/COUNTIF(AE39:AE41,....),....),1))
Returns larger value from weather conditions in AE6 and AE39:AE41
WeatherReporterQ28344728.xlsx
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Sir byundt,

Thanks
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