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# Using Excel Formula's

by Hubcap28352 / April 8, 2004 4:31 AM PDT

I need to write a formula that will automatically insert the correct information instead of flip flopping from one or the other. I haul farm grains and each one is a separate weight per bushel.

What I am searching for is something akin to this
Example
IF A5 is SB then C5 is divided by 60
IF A5 is CR then C5 is divided by 56
IF A5 is WH then C5 is divided by 65

My wife is my secretary and cannot grasp the fact that she has to change the formula for each grain and thereby screws up my billing. Any advice will be appreciated

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Re:Using Excel Formula's
by Kees Bakker / April 8, 2004 5:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Using Excel Formula's

I'm not a secretary and I can't either grasp the fact that I would have to do it. I'm a programmer (among other things) and I would simply write a 'nested if'.

It's not totally elementary, indeed, but well within the grasp of a grain hauler, I should say. Just pronounce it as if ... then ... else if ... then ... else if ... then .... else ... and you'll understand it.

=if(a5="SB";c5/60;if(a5="CR";c5/56;if(a5="WH";c5/65;"Unknown grain")))

Kees

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International settings.
by Kees Bakker / April 8, 2004 6:41 PM PDT

Sorry. I checked the formula before posting it, but I forgot about the semicolon (; ) and comma (,). If you've got a decimal point (.), then the parameter separator in formulas is a comma, not a semicolon.

Minor point, but very annoying to get a "error in formula" error when it's supposed to be working.

Kees

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Re:International settings.
by JethroUK / April 17, 2004 6:43 AM PDT

the parameter seperator in [all] functions is [always] a comma

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O, no.
by Kees Bakker / April 17, 2004 10:59 PM PDT

Jetrhro,

If you've got a decimal comma, the separator is a semicolon. You can't have the same symbol as a decimal comma and a separator, because Excel can't interpret the formulas otherwise. Just try it.

With me:
sum(2,2)=2,2 (decimal comma)
sum(2;2)=4 (separator)
sum(2.2)=invalid

With you (presumably)
sum(2.2)=2.2 (decimal point)
sum(2,2)=4 (separator)
sum(2;2)=invalid

Kees

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Re:O, no.
by JethroUK / April 20, 2004 11:00 AM PDT

que?

what's a "decimal comma"?

alllll function parameters use comma seperators:

syntax:

FUNCTION(1stpara, 2nd para, #th para)

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Decimal comma.
by Kees Bakker / April 20, 2004 5:02 PM PDT

Jethro,

In some countries (like the USA) 2? is denoted as 2.5, and, 1000 added, as 1,002.5
In other countries (like most countries in Western Europe) 2? is denoted as 2,5 and, 1000 added, as 1.002,5

In 2.5 there's a decimal point, so in 2,5 there's a decimal comma. If the comma is a decimal separator, the semicolon is used a parameter separator. It's really easy, in fact.

It's like dates: 9/11 is 'September, 11' in USA, 9-11 is '9 November' here.

Microsoft is no fool, so Control Panel>International lets you choose what to use for decimal and thousand separator and date format. Decimal points are easily understood here in Holland; however, a comma as a thousand separator and mm/dd format are really strange, never used and very counter-intuitive.

I posted my Dutch formula, which would give errors for a US user. So I corrected it in the post you commented on.

Hope this explains it.

Kees

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