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# excel count formula

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without using pivot tables, is there any way (in column B, where column A is my column full of usernames), to write a formula to count how many times a specific name appears, or perhaps do this formula on a seperate sheet if not possible on the same sheet.

So if user1 appears 35 times in column A I need a summary saying user1 - 35
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Steven Harris earned 125 total points
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You can use a simple COUNTIF:

If Column A contains the following:
John
Jane
Samson
John
Carl
John
Samson
Jane
Jane
Billy

In Column B you could count the occurrence of "Jane" suing the following:

=COUNTIF(range,"Jane")

range would be the range you want to sample from Column A, such as A1:A10:

=COUNTIF(A1:A10,"Jane")

Using the data above, the resulting value would be 3.

You can also substitute a cell reference in place of "Jane":

=COUNTIF(A1:A10,A3)

In the above example, this would look for the value "Samson" and return the value 2.
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Raheman M. Abdul earned 125 total points
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in B1 type this formula:
=SUM(LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"abdul","")))/LEN("abdul")
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nutsch earned 125 total points
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With the countif formula, one quick way I'm doing it is to copy the column with the names to a different non-adjacent column, run Data \ Remove Duplicates to only get single values, then use the countif there. So if your original column is in A with 50 rows, your new, no-duplicates, set is in column E, use in cell F2

=countif(\$A\$1:\$A\$50,e2)

But I'd probably still use a pivot.

Thomas
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WHat about if you dont have a unique list of usernames, and didnt want to do each manually, or would you filter for those (a unique list) first to use as a lookup table to get the statistics?
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B1 has the name you want to find
C1  =SUM(LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1,B1,"")))/LEN(B1)
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That answered it, will give this a go.
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Rob Henson earned 125 total points
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If the list of user names is in order, you can do a check between consecutive cells and only puta count against the first or last occurence of a name.

If they are not in order, you can still do similar but it would have to be against the first occurence.

Assuming your user names in column A2 to A65 with header in row 1:

=IF(COUNTIF(\$A\$1:\$A1,\$A2)>0,"",COUNTIF(\$A\$1:\$A\$65,A2))

This counts if the name in A2 has already been counted in previous rows and if so returns blank, otherwise counts occurences in the whole column. Note use of \$ for locking top of column for first count but whole range for second count.

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Rob H
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If data is in order, put count against first occurence:

=IF(\$A2=\$A1,"",COUNTIF(\$A\$1:\$A\$65,\$A2))

put count against last occurence:

=IF(\$A2=\$A3,"",COUNTIF(\$A\$1:\$A\$65,\$A2))

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Rob H
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Data out of order and count against last occurence:

=IF(COUNTIF(\$A\$66:\$A66,\$A65)>0,"",COUNTIF(\$A\$1:\$A\$65,\$A65))

Note reference to row 66 when data stops at row 65.

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Rob H
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Alternative using a summary on another sheet as suggested in question.

Assuming names in column A of Sheet1, this will give a list of unique entries:

=INDEX(Sheet1!\$A\$1:\$A\$98,SMALL(IF(Sheet1!\$A\$1:\$A\$98="",ROWS(Sheet1!\$A\$1:\$A\$98),IF(MATCH(Sheet1!\$A\$1:\$A\$98,Sheet1!\$A\$1:\$A\$98,0)=ROW(Sheet1!\$A\$1:\$A\$98),ROW(Sheet1!\$A\$1:\$A\$98),ROWS(Sheet1!\$A\$1:\$A\$98))),ROW()))

Confirm with Shift + Ctrl + Enter and {...} brackets will appear at each end, converting to an array formula.

Alongside this you can then just do a normal COUNTIF function, in B1 of Sheet2, when start of list created above is in A1:

=COUNTIF(Sheet1!A:A,A1)

Copy down the extent of the list.

By the way, why do you not want to use a Pivot??

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Rob H
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