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Jan 5th, 2011, 11:53 PM
formula required to make lotto frequency calculator
Greetings all. I need
advice on how to
structure a formula to
calculate the frequency
of a number up to and
including any given
draw. If I use COUNT it
returns all the values in
a column. what I want
to do is specify a past
draw, find the cell
containing the info and
then calculate the
frequency onwards
from that point .
example all the draws
for #1 are in column A.
and the Draw to be
searched from is typed
into B1.
A B
3073 3070
2072
3071
3070
3069
3068
The total COUNT
number is 6. i need the
formula to find 3070
and THEN count from
that point onward. The
result would be 3.
(3070, 3069 and
3068).
This way I can input
any past draw number
into my calculator and
it would automatically
calculate how many
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times the number, say
1 was drawn up until
that point in time.
I suspect I need some
combo of COUNT and
MATCH
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Jan 6th, 2011, 12:08 AM
Re: formula required to make lotto frequency calculator
try array formula
=SUM(IF(A1:A6<=B1,1,0))
use shift/control/enter
i assume the second item should be 3072 not 2072
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Jan 6th, 2011, 07:07 PM
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right that's 3072
Thanks for the input, but that formula returned a nonsensical
answer. When I cut and pasted it and when i used control-shift-enter.
I used the formula help and got this definition:
Checks whether a condition is met and returns one value if true
another if false.
This formula can only return 1 of 2 answers when I need it to
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actually count the cells with data in them including and under the
result in the rest of the column. So using the previous example say I
search for 3071 find it and then the formula counts that cell and the
remainng cells giving a result of 4.
It would have to be reworked to accomplish what I'm trying to do.
which would be something like....
={IF(A:A=B1,TRUE(COUNT in A:A from result cell forwards,FALSE))}
So Formula searches column A, A:A and checks whether a condition
is met in B1. B1 is true, so formula then counts from that point all
following values and returns the count number ie 4, because
including 3071 there are 4 cells with data in them. Returns nothing if
false.
Whatever way I look at it some sort of count function has to be
incorporated.
Any other suggestions?
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Jan 6th, 2011, 07:14 PM
Re: formula required to make lotto frequency calculator
Bill's suggestion should work for you if correctly entered but you
don't really need an array formula, try
=COUNTIF(A:A,"<="&B1)
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Jan 6th, 2011, 07:48 PM
oops my bad
Too true. Bills formula did indeed work so hats off to him. Thanks
Bill. I couldn't believe the answer was so simple and straight forward
and was wondering why someone would post something that hasn't
been shown to work. I wasn't doing the shift/control/enter part
correctly or my keyboard is stuffed. I must have tried his formula no
less then 10 times. I'll try yours too for an alternative.
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Jan 6th, 2011, 08:17 PM
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Barry Houdini thanks for your input. Your formula was actually better
because it doesn't count empty cells. I had a problem of an error
message resulting when I used A:A. The reason was it was counting
to infinity. If i specified A1:A200 it would count to A200 even though
50 cells were empty. Using that formula I would constantly have to
edit it as the column is filled with more data, just to maintain
accuracy. So this one is better. In any case thank you both for your
time an effort.
I would be in an insane asylum without this forum.
cheers
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