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Questions tagged with 'formula' at Ask MetaFilter.Thu, 21 May 2015 16:38:19 -0800Thu, 21 May 2015 16:38:19 -0800en-ushttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss60How do you organize bottle feeding on the go?
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What is your setup for bottle-feeding your infant on the go? We are interested in things like - How do you keep the leftover formula from spoiling, what does your on-the-go kit look like, how do you keep things clean, how do you heat up the bottle (or do you?) when you are out for the day, or at the park, or wherever. We have a 3 week-old who needs to be partially bottle fed but we are struggling with how to get outside and not starve him out, and not end up throwing away most of a bottle of formula. Right now we are breastfeeding and then supplementing after each feed with formula. (please believe me when i say that exclusive breastfeeding is not an option; this is not a question about how to increase my milk supply so i don't have to bottle feed, trust me, we have tried everything. for real.) We tend to be out in locations that don't necessarily have kitchens with fridges and kettles, but we still need to feed the babe. <br>
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Any insights into this logistical conundrum would be appreciated. Thank you!tag:ask.metafilter.com,2015:site.280457Thu, 21 May 2015 16:38:19 -0800andreapandreaExcel 2013 - Using data from two columns to identify a row in a third
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I have data on one sheet of an Excel document with three columns. I want to extract this for use on another sheet as follows: If a row in Column A contains X (text string) and a row in column B contains Y (also a text string) then what does the row in column C (always a value) which matches these two criteria contain? With the data I have, this will always return a single result. So the three columns are as follows: the product we've been contacted about, the reason for contact, and the number of contacts that match both those criteria. <br>
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It looks a little like the following:<br>
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Thing1 Reason1 32<br>
Thing1 Reason2 38<br>
Thing1 Reason3 14<br>
Thing1 Reason4 8<br>
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Thing2 Reason1 6<br>
Thing2 Reason2 18<br>
Thing2 Reason4 22<br>
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Thing3 Reason1 15<br>
Thing3 Reason3 26<br>
Thing3 Reason5 4<br>
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I'd like to have a second sheet which looks like this:<br>
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Thing Reason Contacts<br>
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Thing 1 Reason 1 32<br>
Thing 1 Reason 2 38<br>
Thing 1 Reason 3 14<br>
Thing 1 Reason 4 8<br>
Thing 1 Reason 5 0<br>
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Thing 2 Reason 1 6<br>
Thing 2 Reason 2 18<br>
Thing 2 Reason 3 0<br>
Thing 2 Reason 4 22<br>
Thing 2 Reason 5 0<br>
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Thing 3 Reason 1 15<br>
Thing 3 Reason 2 0<br>
Thing 3 Reason 3 26<br>
Thing 3 Reason 4 0<br>
Thing 3 Reason 5 4<br>
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The data that I have to work from is exported from a call management platform as a CSV file, though is also available to export as an XML file - the use of which is entirely beyond my capabilities.<br>
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One of the issues I'm having is that the data I have only contains actual contacts. So, in the above example, we didn't get any contact about Thing 2 for Reason 3, but I need the second sheet to contain this information. <br>
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For each Thing, I can easily use VLOOKUP to get the data from column B (reason) to spit out the relevant number in column C (contacts) but everything that I've tried to use for "If A=Thing 1 and B=Reason 2 Then C=Contacts" is giving me errors. Given that this data is for 6 different Things, with 25 Reasons, I'm not inclined to input the data manually.<br>
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My Excel knowledge is spotty to say the least but despite lots of searching for a solution to this problem - which from the point of view of a simple logic problem isn't a difficult one - I'm coming up short. I've tried using combinations of index and match formulae, as well as lookup, but I can't get anything to work. <br>
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Any help is much appreciated.tag:ask.metafilter.com,2015:site.276832Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:05:55 -0800LenHow do I solve for a percentage of a total budget...
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This will be easy for someone, but math is my second language so I'm at a loss.
How do I solve for the percentage of a TOTAL budget, when one line item is unknown (and is part of the total budget)? Specifically, I have a budget with 20 line items. I know the value of all the line items, except for one, and that one unknown value has to equal 16.5% of the TOTAL budget. How do I figure this out? Without that line item to start with, I don't have the total budget - does this question make sense?<br>
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Bonus if you can tell me what formula to plug into Excel so that I never have to think about this again.<br>
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Thanks so much!tag:ask.metafilter.com,2014:site.272786Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:46:28 -0800coollibrarianExcel formula: Letter to Number (and vice versa)
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I'm working on a formula (not a macro) to convert a Letter (in this case, a column letter) to a Number, and vice versa.
So: A = 1, B = 2, C = 3, Z = 26, AA = 27, AB = 28, AC = 29, ZZ = 702, AAA = 703, AAB = 704, AAC = 705, BAA = 1379, etc...
Of my three part formula(s), I have the one-letter and two-letter columns working, but I run into issues with the three-letter columns (AAA and beyond). For one-letter columns, these two formulas work:<br>
=CODE(letter)-64<br>
=CHAR(number+64)<br>
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For two-letter columns, these two formulas work:<br>
=((CODE(MID(letter,1,1))-64)*26+1)+(CODE(MID(letter,2,1))-64-1)<br>
=CHAR(INT((number-1)/26)+64)&CHAR((MOD(number-1,26))+65<br>
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For three-letter columns, these formulas do <em><strong>NOT</strong></em> work (and I'm struggling to understand why):<br>
=((CODE(MID(letter,1,1))-64)*702+1)+(((CODE(MID(letter,2,1))-64)*26+1)-27)+(CODE(MID(letter,3,1))-64-1)<br>
=CHAR(MOD(INT((number-703)/676),26)+65)&CHAR(MOD(INT((number-27)/26),26)+65)&CHAR(MOD(INT(number-1),26))+65<br>
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The first formula there actually returns the correct number from AAA to AAZ, but once it hits ABA, it comes in 52 (which must be 26*2) too high and, frankly, my eyeballs are starting to cross at this point. <br>
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If it is of any help, I did write a function in the past to convert a number to a letter. I'd just like to figure out how to get it into a formula. The function is:<br>
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Sub ColumnNumberToColumnLetter1()<br>
letter_col_num_2 = 26<br>
letter_col_num_3 = 702<br>
letter_col_num_4 = 18278<br>
letter_col_num_5 = 475254<br>
non_letter_cols = 64<br>
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ColNumber = ActiveCell.Column<br>
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If ColNumber <= letter_col_num_2 Then<br>
ColLetter = Chr(ColNumber + 64)<br>
ElseIf ColNumber <= letter_col_num_3 Then<br>
ColLetter = Chr(Int((ColNumber - 1) / 26) + 64) & Chr(((ColNumber - 1) Mod 26) + 65)<br>
ElseIf ColNumber <= letter_col_num_4 Then<br>
ColLetter = Chr((Int((ColNumber - 703) / 676) Mod 26) + 65) & Chr((Int((ColNumber - 27) / 26) Mod 26) + 65) & Chr(Int((ColNumber - 1) Mod 26) + 65)<br>
ElseIf ColNumber <= letter_col_num_5 Then<br>
ColLetter = Chr((Int((ColNumber - 18279) / 17576) Mod 26) + 65) & Chr((Int((ColNumber - 703) / 676) Mod 26) + 65) & Chr((Int((ColNumber - 27) / 26) Mod 26) + 65) & Chr(Int((ColNumber - 1) Mod 26) + 65)<br>
Else: _<br>
MsgBox "Out of Range"<br>
Exit Sub<br>
End If<br>
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Cells(2, ActiveCell.Column).Value = ColLetter<br>
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End Sub<br>
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Whew.... anyone want to take a stab at it?tag:ask.metafilter.com,2014:site.272415Wed, 03 Dec 2014 07:33:37 -0800JimBJ9Is my baby eating too much? Am I doing something super wrong?
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Well now I'm firmly in the camp of "anxious parent" but here goes.
How much food should my kid be eating? He's 7 months old, is about 20 pounds, on formula and some solids. Details below. (I know you are not my doctor. We have a great pediatrician, so mostly what I am trying to determine is if I should consider making an appt, or if it'd be a waste of time and money. If the answer turns out to be "No one knows, talk to the doctor" that's okay but time. And money. I live in the US, we have healthcare but still. Time. And Money.)<br>
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My son is 7 months old. He's super cute, very active (very wiggly and chattery when awake, takes 2-3 naps during the day, sleeps 7-8 hours at night, he can sit on his own, can stand if he holds onto something, rolls all over the place, is very grabby and social), very happy, and everyone tells me he's Very Large. But he doesn't seem so large to me - he fits in his 6-9 month clothes great, still fits in one or two 3-6 month pajamas (just barely) and he has what I think are the normal amount of baby fats on his arms/legs/face. We are formula feeding because nursing didn't work. It's soy formula because he had some Extreme Vomiting with cow milk formula. He has started solids. He has four teeth (Is this relevant? I don't know!)<br>
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I am not super great at figuring out what's a normal amount of food for an adult to eat, much less an infant, so I've been relying on the feeding sheets the doctor gave me, and the baby advice books/websites but mostly the websites aren't very helpful because there's an awful lot of uncited comments and anecdotes are not data, etc.<br>
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The websites and the sheets and the books all say that a baby should eat about 2oz of formula per pound they weigh. Baby Typechip weighed 19 pounds 2 ounces at his 6 month checkup (and was 25.75 inches tall), but he wants to eat 8 oz of formula every 3 hours (between 6 and 8/9 at night) which ends up being 6 bottles/48 ounces. <br>
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He also eats some cereal/fruit/veg 2 or 3 times a day - he's a good eater, and likes lots of things (pears, plums, peaches, squash, avocado, peas, oatmeal, rice cereal) <br>
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He does push the bottle away when he doesn't want it, and he does refuse the spoon when he doesn't want or like the food on it. He can hold his own bottles. We do not let him sleep with one.<br>
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He makes A Lot of diapers in a day - looks like 9 or 10 from the trashcan in his room, in a 24 hour period.<br>
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I have no idea if this is normal. Or healthy. I don't want to... I don't know, distend his stomach, put him at risk of childhood obesity, ignore a potential health issue... <br>
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Should I make an appointment? Should I be worried? Do I just have a healthy baby and an anxiety issue? Should I just go have some calming tea?<br>
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(yes, I have an anxiety issue. I am aware there's a risk here of my just being overly concerned about nothing, that's why I want to ask before I make a doctor's appt)<br>
(does this work like pet questions where you share pictures? If so, http://typechip.tumblr.com/ )tag:ask.metafilter.com,2014:site.267840Wed, 03 Sep 2014 17:38:39 -0800FritoKALHow do I calculate combined percentages?
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Mathfail: I'm considering supplementing my cat's food with plain meat. I'd like a rough idea of how much it would bump percentage of calories from protein and fat. Here are the numbers I'm working from:<br>
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Total calories: 215<br>
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Canned food calories: 180<br>
% calories from protein: 32%<br>
% calories from fat: 59%<br>
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Meat calories: 35<br>
% calories from protein: 77%<br>
% calories from fat: 8.5%<br>
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If I combine these together, what are the combined calories from fat and protein?<br>
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I'm looking at a couple of canned foods, and would be grateful if you could walk me through the calculation. I feel dumb asking this - I'm sure I learned how to do this at some point in my life, but my math skills are rusty.<br>
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(For the curious: this is to compare numbers of cheaper food + meat to more expensive food.)tag:ask.metafilter.com,2014:site.261686Sat, 10 May 2014 13:40:14 -0800moiraExcel formula that hides results
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I am drowning in Google results! Looking for help making a formula that will only show a value once data is entered into another cell. I have one cell which can have a date added to it, and an adjacent cell which needs to show the following month.<br>
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I have tried this but it isn't working:<br>
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=IF(A1="","",(A1+30))<br>
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help!tag:ask.metafilter.com,2014:site.258254Thu, 06 Mar 2014 04:47:23 -0800ellieBOAConditional Excel formula to identify right-most column with a value?
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I'm grappling with an Excel formula. Given a bunch of columns, I'd like to to (a) identify the right-most column that contains a value, then (b) fill a cell with that value and the value in the column heading. I have a spreadsheet with columns (each one is a project milestone). As the project progresses, a date is entered in the next column. For example:<br>
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A B C D E<br>
1 Jan 1 Feb 1 Mar<br>
1 Jan 1 Feb 1 Mar 1 Apr 1 May<br>
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The first project has completed milestones A, B, and C; the second has completed milestones A, B, C, D, and E.<br>
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I need a formula that looks across the row, identifies the most recent milestone, and then fills a cell with the name of the milestone (eg A, B, or C), and the date that milestone was reached. (If it matters, in real life the dates use a dd-mm-yyyy format, and the column heading is a text value, like 'Launch Approval'.)<br>
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For example, for the first project, the value would be "C;1 Mar" (the most recent milestone was C, and that happened on 1 March).<br>
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I've done this before (it's a UNIX system! I know this!), but I can't for the life of me remember how.<br>
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I'm pretty sure I worked from right to left, and used a bunch of nested IF and ISBLANK statements: if column E is blank, then check column D; if that's blank, check column C; and so on - once it found a non-blank cell, insert the heading for that column plus the date as a text value. For whatever reason, I can't get this working this time.<br>
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I don't need any fancy error checking (eg, 'well, there's a value in the column, but not the one to the left of it' or 'but the date in this column is earlier than the one to the left!'). Just the right-most date and the appropriate column heading.<br>
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I'd settle for each being in a separate cell (eg C in one cell, the date in the next) if that's any easier.<br>
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My Google Fu has proven weak. Save me, Excel wizards.tag:ask.metafilter.com,2014:site.257774Tue, 25 Feb 2014 19:25:52 -0800obiwanwasabiI want to Excel
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I need some Excel assistance. I want to sum a bunch of numbers based on the presence of identical data in another column. I know this doesn't make excellent sense the way I've described it, so here's an example:<br>
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I have:<br>
<tt><br>
Column A  Column B<br>
item_1   1<br>
item_1   5<br>
item_1   4<br>
item_1   1<br>
item_f   3<br>
item_M   1<br>
item_M   1<br>
item_M   1<br>
</tt><br>
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I want:<br>
<tt><br>
Column A  Column B<br>
item_1   11<br>
item_f   3<br>
item_M   3<br>
</tt><br>
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There's no pattern to either the names in Column A or the number of values I'll be summing. The list is tens of thousands of items long, and there are probably hundreds (maybe thousands) of different Column A items, so eliminating "by hand" manipulation is important. I'm sure there's a way to do this--help me out!tag:ask.metafilter.com,2013:site.253796Mon, 16 Dec 2013 14:25:13 -0800pullayupI need to be able to memorize several formulas for a test next week
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I'm taking a numerical methods class and there are all these discretization schemes of partial differential equations named after pairs of dudes and they all are kinda the same, maybe a bit different in indexes....
I'm trying to organize it all in my head, like a frat house, with the dudes that worked on the same scheme being roommates, but it seems to be taking a long time to actually "find" a place for each scheme in their "rooms" and keeping it there in a sort of visual arrangement.
Test is no books no notes, and everything kinda of just jumbles inside my head right now.tag:ask.metafilter.com,2013:site.253500Wed, 11 Dec 2013 07:05:39 -0800spacefireHow many endings to stories are there?
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Various writers and critics through the years have claimed that there are only X plots (with X being pretty variable) and at the end of the day, all stories boil down to one of those plots. But today I'm asking specifically about endings. How many different endings can there be, and what are the main ones? For example, here's an ending that shows up in Star Wars, and plenty of other stories: And so the precious thing is saved [Rebel base and life of Princess in this case], and the heroes, having overcome their differences to save it, celebrate while the villain slinks off to lick his wounds and plot revenge.<br>
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Pretty much every superhero origin story ends sort of like: Having defeated the villain and repaired his character flaws, the protagonist sets out on the road to being the hero he has become.<br>
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A lot of westerns, hard-boiled detective stories, and post-apocalyptic adventures end with: Having saved the helpless innocents from the villain and restored order, the hero disappears into the wilderness as mysteriously as he appeared.<br>
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So how many of these are there? Can we combine and collapse and arrive at a relatively small number of endings that cover pretty much any story we can think of? (Granting that there are always, always things that don't fit into neat categories.)tag:ask.metafilter.com,2013:site.249144Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:06:03 -0800NaberiusThe kid is alright, but what about the parent?
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Can you help me make peace with giving my baby formula when he's at daycare? My baby is now 10 1/2 months old and at daycare during the week. Up until now, he has been breastfeeding at home and drinking bottles of pumped milk at daycare. We've decided to start switching him over to formula bottles at daycare, but even though there are good reasons for this I'm feeling guilty about it. Do you have any advice on dealing with the guilt/feeling ok about this decision?<br>
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There are several reasons why this switch makes sense. First, my son drinks much more milk at daycare than I can pump during the day. This means that I have been pretty stressed out doing a lot of pumping when we're at home, in the mornings and evenings and on weekends, to try and keep up with his voracious milk appetite. At the same time, in the last couple months my milk supply has dropped so I have to spend more and more time pumping. I currently spend 2-3 hours pumping every day, and I still have to go in to daycare once a day to nurse him because I can't pump enough milk. It's gradually gotten worse and worse, and now feels just out of control. I really want to spend more time with my family at home rather than tied to the pump. We're also getting ready to try getting pregnant again, and stopping the pumping will probably help with that. I am also hoping that stopping pumping will help me be less tired. My son is eating table food and drinking water like a champ, so I don't think he needs breast milk as much as he did when he was younger. I was planning to stop pumping once he is 12 months old and can drink cow's milk, so by starting formula now we're basically just making the transition away from the pump a bit earlier.<br>
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This all seems quite logical. And I'm going to keep nursing my son in the mornings and evenings, because both he and I love it. But...it's hard for me to think about giving him formula when I've been so committed to breastfeeding. I feel like I'm letting my son down. And while I know that breast milk is slightly better for his health, I am definitely having some guilty overreactions and thinking that by giving him formula I'll just be shoveling processed crap into him and guaranteeing him a future of obesity. <br>
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Rationally I know my feelings are out of proportion, but I could use some strategies for feeling emotionally ok with giving him formula bottles at daycare. Any suggestions?tag:ask.metafilter.com,2013:site.241119Thu, 16 May 2013 20:20:18 -0800AnonymousFoolproof way to feed baby kittens?
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I've got three new baby kittens with no mother, and I need to feed them. I don't have access to any good pet stores or veterinary clinics, but I do have lactose-free baby formula and a plastic syringe with the needle removed, which I've been using to feed them so far. But is there a foolproof method of holding them or something to get them to drink from it? I can usually get them to drink, but only about half of the amount recommended. More details inside. Last week, I walked into my kitchen and saw three white kittens mysteriously sleeping on my counter. My kitchen is built as an add-on to my apartment, and the roof doesn't go all the way to the walls, so what I'm thinking is the mother cat jumped in through the roof and deposited her kittens on my countertop and then left. I've since been taking care of them (and I already had nine cats, so this makes 12!).<br>
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I've been feeding them lactose-free baby formula (Enfelac brand) out of sterilized plastic syringes with the needle removed, but about half of it usually dribbles down their chin while they meow, or they try to fight it away. They're not a big fan of the plastic syringe. I try to do this roughly every 2-3 hours.<br>
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I notice when they lay down together that often times they try to nurse on each other, or sometimes they try to nurse on my feet or the flesh between my thumb and my forefinger, so that tells me they have a need and desire for more food, but they don't want to accept it from the syringe. Unfortunately, none of the stores in my neighborhood have either kitten bottles or specialized kitten formula (I live in a third world country, it can sometimes be hard to even find cat food—most people just feed their cats table scraps or release their cats to the streets to find food).<br>
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I've been told different things by different people. Hold the kittens so all their legs and stomach are supported, such as on my leg. Pick them up by the scruff of their necks to 'freeze' their movements. Etc. But none have worked.<br>
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Is there any other particular method I should try to get them to drink more of their formula?tag:ask.metafilter.com,2013:site.239641Tue, 23 Apr 2013 06:06:21 -0800ferdinandccNeed help with conditional lists in excel
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I'm creating a workout training program in excel, and I want to show a range of data based on certain conditions. Using Excel 2010 More after the jump. This is how far I've gotten so far:<br>
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On cell B1 I have a category "Workout Type", and on cell C1 I have a drop down list of different workouts (Full Body, Chest, Back, Triceps, etc.)<br>
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On another sheet (sheet2) I have a list of the workout order:<br>
B13 Chest<br>
B14 Back<br>
B15 Chest<br>
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B21 Legs<br>
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Back to Sheet1, I wanted to create a condition, if B3="full body", return the items in sheet2!B13:B21.<br>
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What I have ALMOST works. My formula so far is:<br>
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=IF(B12="Full Body",(Sheet2!B13:B21),"select workout")<br>
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Select workout is a temporary false statement.<br>
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Now what happens is, the argument B13:B21 only returns the value of B13 (Chest)<br>
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How do I get excel to show the contents of B13:B21?<br>
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Thanks much, and I hope that makes sense!tag:ask.metafilter.com,2013:site.235890Sat, 23 Feb 2013 15:06:03 -0800FireStyleIf I Knew the Answer, I Could Probably Give the Question a Good Title
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Is there a formula for determining (eg.) how many tracks would fit on a TT 79:57 CDR where the first track was one second, and subsequent tracks added 1 second each? (00:01, 00:02, 00:03, 00:04, &c) Burning tracks with the above description is actually the purpose as I approach you with the question today, but this is the kind of thing that I feel like I should know how to do in general.tag:ask.metafilter.com,2012:site.230777Mon, 10 Dec 2012 10:10:19 -0800herbplarfeganTurning user input into pie (charts)
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WordPressFilter: I'm looking for a plugin/widget/codesnippet that will allow me to create a graph using input from the user. This seems really simple and I don't want to reinvent the wheel, but my Google-fu is taking the day off. Basically, I want the user to put numbers into one or more fields, then we apply our mathemagic formula to those numbers, then we give them a graph with the results. I tried looking along the lines of mortgage calculators, but no dice there either.<br>
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I'd prefer to find a plugin for WordPress that will handle this, but I'm also amenable (to a lesser degree) to hacking together some solution in HTML5/js if that's a viable alternative. Gentle nudges in the right direction there would be helpful too, as my skills have atrophied a wee bit...tag:ask.metafilter.com,2012:site.229758Tue, 27 Nov 2012 08:59:21 -0800antonymousWatch Formula 1 without cable?
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Is it possible to watch Formula 1 in the U.S. (Mass.) without cable? I do have internet + Apple TV + Netflix + Hulu Plus.tag:ask.metafilter.com,2012:site.220773Wed, 25 Jul 2012 09:05:28 -0800lovingkindnessPlaces to race go-karts in/near NYC
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I thought it might be fun to race around like giddy kids with my wife for her birthday. she loves Formula one and has expressed an interest in racing go-karts. We both can drive but do not own a car as we live in brooklyn and have no need.
Any ideas on where to race go-karts near nyc?
(I found this place: gpny.com, and it seems to fit the bill..but are there other options?)
Anyone else had any similar experiences trying to find place to race?
Extravagant test-drive a real car on a track option?
f1 model kit?
(thank you as always)
-birthday panic!!tag:ask.metafilter.com,2012:site.219027Mon, 02 Jul 2012 04:02:59 -08005lbauthorityUsing formulae when I should be using VBA
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Excel 2007 Filter: Is it possible to nest 3 <strong>OR</strong> statements in an Index and Match formula? I am working on a spreadsheet that needs to return a Key Number based upon one of three criteria a person can enter on the sheet. <br>
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I can get this Key Number from one of three pieces of data: Customer Name, ID-1 or ID-2. So I've got a table with the Key Number, Customer Name, ID-1 and ID-2. If someone puts ONE of these three items in, I want the Key Number returned. <br>
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I know how to write the formula for matching ID-1, but I'm baffled by how to nest the three OR statements inside a Index and Match Formula. <br>
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=INDEX(arraytable,MATCH(E2,Data!C1:C5185,0),5)<br>
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So if someone puts ID-1 in Cell E2, then it can find the Key Number in column 5 of the arraytable-(this is the named range). <br>
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What I need is if someone puts ID-2 in Cell F2, to find the Key Number in column 5, <strong><em>OR</em></strong> if someone puts Customer Name in Cell G2, to find the Key Number in column 5. <br>
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The data for ID-2 is in cell range Data!d2:d5185 and the data for Customer Name is in cell range Data!e2:e5185.<br>
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So I need the syntax to nest the Or statements. <br>
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And of course, if any of the cells in column E, F or G is empty, I want an empty cell in column A (those #N/A look so nasty.)<br>
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Can anyone point me in the right direction? My Google-Fu is failing me!tag:ask.metafilter.com,2012:site.216704Thu, 31 May 2012 13:00:34 -0800Ruthless BunnySynonym for satisfying?
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Is there a single word for finding pleasure in well done formulaic stories not because they are doing something new or even being particularly clever, but because they hit the notes well, manage the tropes, and deliver what they promise? I've been watching a lot of very entertaining "genre exercises" lately and a bit annoyed that I have to use adverbs to explain this type of pleasure in predictability. Workmanlike and journeyman sound dismissive, and " satisfying" and " well crafted" aren't strong enough to convey this joy I'm getting in seeing stock plots and characters executed gracefully and " makes cliches fresh" is an awkward. Is there a word for this? Something that comes close?tag:ask.metafilter.com,2012:site.206324Sun, 22 Jan 2012 15:37:37 -0800The WhelkMixing infant formula with hot water
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Question about infant formula milk and hot water Hi all<br>
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The UK NHS's <a href="http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/documents/digitalasset/dh_063693.pdf">guidelines on formula preparation (pdf)</a> say that formula should be mixed with boiled water that is no cooler than 70oC, in order to sterilise it. But I've read on some blogs that mixing the formula with hot water also kills some vitamins and other good stuff in it. Does anyone know if that's right, and if so, how to remedy it without compromising sterility? <br>
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Thanks!tag:ask.metafilter.com,2011:site.195615Fri, 09 Sep 2011 06:05:30 -0800low_horrible_immoralTurning in my spreadsheet wizard badge.
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Spreadsheet question: I want a column containing all the names in THAT column EXCEPT all the names in THOSE columns. Ok, here's the deal.<br>
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I have a spreadsheet. It's a google docs spreadsheet, but I'd be open to using another kind of spreadsheet if what I want just isn't possible on a google docs spreadsheet.<br>
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Cells A2:A93 contain a bunch of unique names.<br>
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Cells C2:N15 contain a bunch of names as well as blank cells. Not all names in A2:A93 are in C2:N15, but all names in C2:N15 are in A2:A93.<br>
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I would like a formula that magically makes column B contain all the names that ARE in A2:A93 but NOT in C2:N15.<br>
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Is this possible? How do I do it? Thank you!tag:ask.metafilter.com,2011:site.192386Tue, 02 Aug 2011 10:33:38 -0800Salvor HardinWhat does a bivariate cubic polynomial look like?
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What does a bivariate cubic polynomial look like? I'm trying to fit a function to data in 3 dimensions and one of the fit functions I'm testing is the 3-dimensional version of a cubic function. I believe this is called a bivariate cubic polynomial (i.e., a cubic function with two variables).<br>
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The equation I've come up with is the following: <br>
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<em>f(x,y)</em> = ax<sup>3</sup> + bx<sup>2</sup> + cx + dx<sup>2</sup>y + exy<sup>2</sup> + fy<sup>3</sup> + gy<sup>2</sup> + hy + i<br>
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However, when I use my statistics software to solve for the parameters using my data it is unable to do so. This makes me think the formula <em>might not be correct</em>, but I am not sure. I came here for a second opinion. Hopefully someone with some real math chops can give me a pointer?tag:ask.metafilter.com,2011:site.190657Wed, 13 Jul 2011 10:45:38 -0800tybeetShe's gonna chow down, regardless
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I just opened a new bag of Puppy Chow to discover it's actually the large breed formula. She is not a large breed. Oops? She's a corgi-heeler mix, about 3.5 months old. She's about 25 pounds now and we think she'll get up to 40 or 50 pounds full grown. She's been eating regular Puppy Chow since we got her, half a bowl in the morning and half a bowl in the evening. The large breed formula bag says to feed dogs <50 pounds only .5 cups to 1 cup for the whole day. That comes out to about half a bowl, the same amount of regular food she's used to eating in a single sitting.<br>
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Puppy's gotta eat, so I already fed her breakfast with the new stuff. I fed her slightly less than half a bowl. What should I do at dinnertime? If I give her the same amount, I'll be nearly doubling what the bag says to do. On the other hand, I'll feel like I'm underfeeding her if I follow the instructions. She had no trouble eating the larger-sized chunks and didn't seem uninterested in the food... she just ate like normal.<br>
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I'm on a budget and don't want to let this big bag of dog food go to waste, so I'm inclined to keep feeding it to her. I just want to know what the proper serving size is, and what kind of "side effects" might result from feeding large breed formula to a medium-sized puppy.<br>
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<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/12727663@N07/5792630224/">Here's an irrelevant pic of her</a>, because everybody loves adorable puppy pics.tag:ask.metafilter.com,2011:site.190297Sat, 09 Jul 2011 09:06:46 -0800The Winsome Parker LewisExcel help needed!
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I have a formula for inputting into my expense sheet but it doesn't populate the field like it should. I stole the formula from my time sheet, and that does populat the column for the 4 weeks after I manually put in date 1.
It is:
=IF($B$4=0,"",SUM(B4+1))
So...why does it work in one sheet but not the next? I know I do need to adjust it for the structure of the new sheet, to make it work for column B cell 12. Does that help?<br>
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BTW I am a complete noob in spreadsheets.<br>
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Cheerstag:ask.metafilter.com,2011:site.189670Fri, 01 Jul 2011 07:58:37 -0800dash_slot-