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Getting frequency of identifier

by prasadp77 / November 22, 2005 6:30 AM PST

I have a sheet containing 30 columns of identifiers (lets call them names). I want to have frequency of every name appearing in the columns, All columns are of different lengths.
In other words, is it possible to compare all these 30 columns at once and get an output as name of identifier and its frequency?

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Is this in Excel Spreadsheet?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 24, 2005 7:48 AM PST

If so, try this function;


This will count the number of times Fred, (or fred), appears in columns A and B, from rows 1 to 39.

It displays the number of times the word appears.

Any help?


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There are MANY identifiers
by prasadp77 / November 24, 2005 7:57 PM PST

Hi mark,

Your formula is perfect if I want to get a fequency of certain 'known' identifier. My columns are long, more than 100 and 30 such columns. May be only 90 appear in all 30 columns but then I have to get list of unique identifiers in all columns and use your formula no. of unique identifiers time.

Still this serves good but any other quick solution (as I have more than 20 such sheets)

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Seems like Excel is the wrong tool here,
by Kees Bakker / November 24, 2005 8:06 PM PST

unless you want to do some VBA programming.


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And ...
by Kees Bakker / November 24, 2005 8:33 PM PST

one of the problems seems to be that the values to be identified (and counted) aren't in one column, but in thirty. Still, you might be inspired by

But, somehow, this seems more like an MS Access type of database application than an Excel one.


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I agree with Kees
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 25, 2005 12:05 AM PST
In reply to: And ...

You're tending towards a database management requirement here, not a spreadsheet, and although I still can't quite get a handle on what you are trying to do, I also feel that Access would be the better application.

I'm absolutely no good with Access or any other database.

Kees link is good though, an array formula. I've used them myself but have to keep reading up each time I need one.

But I reckon Access is the way to go.


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