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Questions tagged with 'resolved' and 'Excel' at Ask MetaFilter.Thu, 09 Jun 2016 18:39:59 -0800Thu, 09 Jun 2016 18:39:59 -0800en-ushttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss60How do I make a VBA macro run "silently" in the background?
http://ask.metafilter.com/296838/How%2Ddo%2DI%2Dmake%2Da%2DVBA%2Dmacro%2Drun%2Dsilently%2Din%2Dthe%2Dbackground
I have a macro in an excel sheet that successfully displays or hides tabs in the workbook based on the value in a particular cell. I'm pleased with this! There's a problem, though... When the tabs are "unhidden", there's a brief lag. The screen is basically showing a split second of each newly visible tab. I would like for this to occur completely in the background, such that the user does not see anything other than new tabs appearing at the bottom of the workbook. <br>
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Is this possible?tag:ask.metafilter.com,2016:site.296838Thu, 09 Jun 2016 18:39:59 -0800jefficatorWhy is Numbers (the spreadsheet app) for ios doing this?
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I use a Numbers spreadsheet on my iPhone 5S to keep track of my mileage for work. Sometimes -- but not always -- when I do a calculation, it gives me an <a href="http://imgur.com/UO0oJbh">almost-accurate but borked up number</a>. In one column, I put the mileage on the trip meter when I start driving for the day. In the next column, I enter the mileage when I stop driving. The third column is the difference between the starting and stopping mileage. So if I start at 121.3 and stop at 131.4, the third column should be 10.1. Sometimes when I make this calculation, though, it shows the result as 10.00000000000009 or 10.100000000000002 or something like that. <a href="http://imgur.com/UO0oJbh">Here's a screenshot</a> so you can see what I'm talking about.<br>
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Why? I don't ever change any of the settings or formatting. Sometimes I'll do several calculations in a row and only one of them will turn out weird. How can I make this stop happening?tag:ask.metafilter.com,2016:site.296465Wed, 01 Jun 2016 07:28:48 -0800kitty teethFastest/Best Way to Get Up to Speed with Excel
http://ask.metafilter.com/293696/Fastest%2DBest%2DWay%2Dto%2DGet%2DUp%2Dto%2DSpeed%2Dwith%2DExcel
TL;DR: Computer comfortable/literate, but only an excel lightweight. How do I become a guru (or at least enough to fake it till I make) and start changing my life? So, I've kinda spent the last decade or so of my life slumming around various dead end jobs, not really wanting/caring to think about the future very much. <br>
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After a year and a half stint volunteering at my local Hospice, and then winning a small time local elected official seat, for the first time in my life, I actually want to live/plan for tomorrow. Start filling up a 401k, date, get my own place, all the things everyone around me has been doing forever.<br>
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The rub is that a career path of retail and data entry hasn't really prepped me for the farm leagues, much less the big leagues. A friend of mine has informed me that she might have a job opening in the near future (1-2sih months), in a field I like (law), at, what for me was such a pay jump I actually laughed out loud on the phone with her. <br>
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The one major catch is, I need to be way more deeply fluent in Excel then I currently am. I currently do data entry, and have figured out the basics on my own, but I need to know stuff like vlookups and pivot tables, and I can only imagine more, and I've never needed to do that at work.<br>
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Can you suggest websites, books, anything really, that can get me up to speed enough that I don't totally fubur an interview if I manage to land one? I am so so ready to finally live a life that doesn't require a studied indifference to nice things or deep interpersonal relationshipstag:ask.metafilter.com,2016:site.293696Thu, 24 Mar 2016 19:35:19 -0800VillainProtagonistVolunteered to add up the votes for my Book Club; No idea how to do it
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This year my Book Club decided to vote on the books we'll read all at once instead of month-by-month. There are 17 books choose from in total and I gave each person a sheet with the books in alpha order. I then asked them to order the books by preference – i.e., their first choice is #1, their second #2 etc. Now I have 9 completed sheets and I am trying to figure out the best way to calculate the top 10 books of the 17 total. I think maybe Excel is the way to do this. But I have no idea how to set that up. I also have no idea if there is another good way to do this.<br>
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Question: How can I calculate the top 10 books without bursting into tears of frustration?tag:ask.metafilter.com,2016:site.291013Mon, 18 Jan 2016 10:14:08 -0800LeschaNeed help wrangling spreadsheets
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Spreadsheets are making me crazy. Is there anywhere I can go or anyone I can call to show me how to do very specific things in Excel? I have a ton of spreadsheets, each with partial information. I need to find an easy way to combine them together so I have all the info in one place and then have them do very simple things that I know excel is capable of, such as showing time elapsed since a certain date, or pivot tables within pivot tables, if that's possible. <br>
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Right now I am literally spending dozens of hours mashing together different spreadsheets in an INCREDIBLY tortured fashion, but it's taking SO many steps that it's all highly prone to error. Plus I'm wasting an ungodly amount of time. I can't help but think that this has to be easier. I could go take an excel course, but I already know how to do most things in excel (except macros) so I feel like I would learn a bunch of things I already know, maybe a few new things, but still not know what I need to do for my specific issue. I'd rather not do that. If I could find a service or helpline that I could show all my spreadsheets to, tell them what I want the end result to be and have them show me how to do it, that would be ideal. <br>
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I've read online help sites, I've watched tutorials, and I haven't found anything. I need customized advice.<br>
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I don't think my problem is overcomplicated, it just requires a lot of wrangling that I don't know how to do. Please tell me if something to help me exists, thanks.tag:ask.metafilter.com,2016:site.290753Tue, 12 Jan 2016 13:23:49 -0800triggerfingerUK business plan financials excel sheet?
http://ask.metafilter.com/289908/UK%2Dbusiness%2Dplan%2Dfinancials%2Dexcel%2Dsheet
I am looking for a straightforward British economic business plan financials calculator for Excel so that I can look serious! I found a similar thing from startupmodels.com but it is really for the USA. Any signposting to something comprehensive with built in calculations?tag:ask.metafilter.com,2015:site.289908Sun, 20 Dec 2015 03:27:00 -0800parmanparmanNon-cloud Google docs
http://ask.metafilter.com/288668/Non%2Dcloud%2DGoogle%2Ddocs
What's a good non-cloud collaborative software alternative to Google docs? Assuming zero contact with the greater internet/cloud, what's a good collaborative word (bonus points for excel)-type software that can be hosted entirely on internal servers?tag:ask.metafilter.com,2015:site.288668Thu, 19 Nov 2015 07:36:47 -0800NdwrightHow do I make a directory from excel or .csv files?
http://ask.metafilter.com/286952/How%2Ddo%2DI%2Dmake%2Da%2Ddirectory%2Dfrom%2Dexcel%2Dor%2Dcsv%2Dfiles
I need to make a directory of members from a .csv file---what is the easiest method? I need to make a directory of an organization.This will be in booklet form and will list members' names, phone numbers, snail mail and email addresses, and areas of specialty.<br>
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I have both Excel and .csv files listing this information, along with other columns of info.<br>
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What is the simplest way to import from the Excel or .csv file just the information I need, listing each member separately with the lines for phone numbers, snail mail etc? <br>
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I am searching for the best way to do it, other than individually pasting and copying, which would be a labor-and-time-intensive task. I was thinking of using mail merge and just printing out the list from that, then copying into Publisher to make the directory? Would that be the simplest? <br>
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I am fairly knowledgeable about Publisher but not very skilled at using Excel sheets.<br>
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Thanks so much, Microsoft Office experts!tag:ask.metafilter.com,2015:site.286952Sat, 10 Oct 2015 16:41:26 -0800ragtimepianoFix my department's Excel nightmare!
http://ask.metafilter.com/284077/Fix%2Dmy%2Ddepartments%2DExcel%2Dnightmare
I work in a Quality Assurance department for a call center. We have over 50 people and between us we evaluate customer interactions from 10 different departments. Right now we are using Excel to create work assignments. Example: Department 1 has 30 Excel lists each with 1/30 of the associates. This is a nightmare. Help me make it less of a nightmare. This department went from being 20 some people to now being four times that number. Excel may have worked in the past, but it's not working so much now. The problem is, making assignments in Excel means that to check people's progress, we have to open each Excel file individually.<br>
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That's where I came in. I was tasked with making a list to pull in data from all 100+ lists. I've done that. It works. And it's going to take up way more time than it should, especially as months change and we add or lose departments or associates.<br>
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I'm new to this department and I've only seen the way it used to be done. But for the life of me, I can't think of a better way to do it. We need to be able to give out individual assignments, we can't have one list per department because we don't trust our evaluators to do the right work. Additionally, shared Excel files would be less than ideal.<br>
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A friend in our IT department mentioned using SharePoint. I've heard of SharePoint but I've never used it. I'm generally tech savvy, but I've heard SharePoint can be difficult at the best of times.<br>
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Does MeFi have any thoughts? Do you have experience with this kind of problem, or have you been in this boat in the past? I'd love to hear your ideas.tag:ask.metafilter.com,2015:site.284077Sat, 08 Aug 2015 11:26:42 -0800motioncityshakespeareEXCEL: filling a cell with a complete date based on just the day?
http://ask.metafilter.com/281345/EXCEL%2Dfilling%2Da%2Dcell%2Dwith%2Da%2Dcomplete%2Ddate%2Dbased%2Don%2Djust%2Dthe%2Dday
Excel question: Can I enter just a 1-31 value into one cell and have a complete date appear in a different cell based on fixed month and year values? As part of some extensive data-entry I keep typing dates in the format YY-MM-DD, but all of the dates are from March 2015.<br>
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Is it possible (for example) to type "11" into one cell and have an adjacent cell populate with "15-03-11"?<br>
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I generally understand the syntax of excel functions but I don't really know how to best do this from scratch -- any insight will be very appreciated!tag:ask.metafilter.com,2015:site.281345Wed, 10 Jun 2015 07:45:23 -0800chudmonkeyDoing a Line Dance
http://ask.metafilter.com/279846/Doing%2Da%2DLine%2DDance
There are these selectable objects/lines all over my Excel spreadsheet. Instead of selecting a cell, I'll often accidentally click one of these instead, and it is very annoying. Please help. As seen <a href="http://i.imgur.com/opRVWjv.png">here.</a><br>
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They are literally all over. Instead of the little white cross that comes with selecting a cell, I'll get the regular black cross with arrows that comes from selecting any object in Office. If I click in the same place and delete enough of them I can select the cell beneath. Also if I just dodge them and find a little place where the cursor turns into the cell selector.<br>
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How can I delete all of these lines easily?<br>
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If it matters, this is Office 2011 on a Mac.tag:ask.metafilter.com,2015:site.279846Fri, 08 May 2015 09:41:04 -0800papayaninjahelp me excel in spite of excel
http://ask.metafilter.com/277478/help%2Dme%2Dexcel%2Din%2Dspite%2Dof%2Dexcel
ran a test that spits out a text file, need to excel it. having issues. more inside. i have a text file that spits out from a test i'm running. test name is on one line, pass/fail status is on the next line, like so:<br>
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testname<br>
status<br>
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when i open the text file in excel, this makes two rows in one column. i need to take the 2nd row (pass/fail) and move it to a column next to the test name so they are next to each other. except there's roughly 250 tests, and the stuff that's on google is not working for me, and i do not want to do them all one by one. particulars: mac office 2011, i did not write the test and cannot contact the person that did to make them put it into a csv or otherwise delimited file. i can't believe i'm wasting a question on this, but tell me like i'm five how to do this, as i am not an excel person at all. i also have textwrangler if this helps at all.<br>
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thanks!tag:ask.metafilter.com,2015:site.277478Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:06:29 -0800koroshiyaExcel 2013 - Using data from two columns to identify a row in a third
http://ask.metafilter.com/276832/Excel%2D2013%2DUsing%2Ddata%2Dfrom%2Dtwo%2Dcolumns%2Dto%2Didentify%2Da%2Drow%2Din%2Da%2Dthird
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 to Tell Excel to Evaluate Last Three Months (NOT Last 90 Entries)
http://ask.metafilter.com/274661/How%2Dto%2DTell%2DExcel%2Dto%2DEvaluate%2DLast%2DThree%2DMonths%2DNOT%2DLast%2D90%2DEntries
I have an Excel spreadsheet I use to track glucose readings. There’s a value diabetics use called “A1C” which looks at the last three months of readings. It's based on a blood test, but can be estimated by averaging your readings for the last three months. I try to track every day, but I can’t reliably say “look at the last 90 values” – so I’m wondering how to set up a formula to tell it to only look at readings going back 90 days, not necessarily 90 readings. More inside. The formula to convert a glucose reading to an A1C value is =((<i><b>[value]</b></i>+77.3)/35.6). So converting an individual reading isn’t a problem.<br>
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But, basically, I’d like to create a new column for my spreadsheet which gives me a sort of running A1C average – always looking back three months from the current entry and telling me what the average of the last three months of readings would be. But, as said above, I can’t tell it to merely look back 90 entries, since if I missed a few days or a weekend, I don’t want it to look back further.<br>
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The dates are kept in column A, the time in column B, the reading in column C.<br>
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It'd be preferred not to use VBA to solve the issue, if that's possible.<br>
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Any help would be appreciated.tag:ask.metafilter.com,2015:site.274661Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:18:09 -0800WCityMikeExcel Question: VLOOKUP and beyond?
http://ask.metafilter.com/274478/Excel%2DQuestion%2DVLOOKUP%2Dand%2Dbeyond
How can I combine these two tabs of data in Excel using VLOOKUP and/or some other function? I have two tabs; there are a number of columns on each sheet so I'm only sharing the ones that I think are relevant below. <br>
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The first tab has data for appointments, one line for each date each person had an appointment (with unique ID for each person&date). Some people have more than one appointment, others do not.<br>
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Smith,1/1/2015, Smith01012015<br>
Smith,1/12/2015, Smith01122015<br>
Kringle, 1/4/2015, Kringle01042015<br>
Jones, 1/2/2015, Jones01022015<br>
Jones, 1/3/2015, Jones01032015<br>
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The second tab has data for payments, one line for each thing billed on each date each person had an appointment. Some people have multiple things billed on each date and some only have one.<br>
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Smith, 1/1/2015, Smith01012015, $300<br>
Smith, 1/1/2015, Smith01012015, $400<br>
Smith, 1/1/2015, Smith01012015, $25<br>
Smith,1/12/2015, Smith01122015, $500<br>
Smith,1/12/2015, Smith01122015, $50<br>
Kringle, 1/4/2015, Kringle01042015, $85<br>
Jones, 1/2/2015, Jones01022015, $600<br>
Jones, 1/2/2015, Jones01022015, $10<br>
Jones, 1/3/2015, Jones01032015, $325<br>
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What is the best way to pull together this data into one tab that has the total payments for each date each person was seen? Desired final product will look like this:<br>
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Smith,1/1/2015, Smith01012015, $725<br>
Smith,1/12/2015, Smith01122015, $550<br>
Kringle, 1/4/2015, Kringle01042015, $85<br>
Jones, 1/2/2015, Jones01022015, $710<br>
Jones, 1/3/2015, Jones01032015, $325<br>
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I used a VLOOKUP to pull the $ data from tab 2 to tab 1, but it only would pick up the first line for each person/date. Other than the person's name and the appointment date, there is no other field that is on both tabs.<br>
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I thank you for any help you can provide.tag:ask.metafilter.com,2015:site.274478Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:31:56 -0800ThePinkSuperheroHow 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)
http://ask.metafilter.com/272415/Excel%2Dformula%2DLetter%2Dto%2DNumber%2Dand%2Dvice%2Dversa
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 -0800JimBJ9Another "data management & research database for dummies" question
http://ask.metafilter.com/272156/Another%2Ddata%2Dmanagement%2Dand%2Dresearch%2Ddatabase%2Dfor%2Ddummies%2Dquestion
I'm undertaking a research project in which I'm evaluating several different organizations based on specific yet qualitative criteria, e.g. "promotes outreach", "reports on progress", etc. I need to able to capture the information and then display the results in some sort of meaningful way so that it can be incorporated into a report. Excel would seem the obvious answer here, but because of the heavily text-based input rather than quantitative (numeric) data I feel like a spreadsheet is not really the way to go. I've looked into various database options, but there are so many that I feel overwhelmed and not sure where to start. Oh, and I'd prefer a Windows-based solution. I'm not sure what other information I should provide in order to get recommendations, so please feel free to ask! Also please assume I'm completely ignorant about data management solutions, if that wasn't already glaringly, embarrassingly apparent.tag:ask.metafilter.com,2014:site.272156Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:42:25 -0800ladybirdCounting rows in Excel that match condition?
http://ask.metafilter.com/272024/Counting%2Drows%2Din%2DExcel%2Dthat%2Dmatch%2Dcondition
Can an Excel expert help me with counting rows in a spreadsheet that can match one of 15 possible combinations? I have a spreadsheet that has several rows, one row for each account/person and 4 "option" columns (also a value column but is not germane here). It is possible for any account (row) to have 1, 2, 3, or 4 of the options (so there are 15 possible combinations - the order does not matter).<br>
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Is there a way in Excel to count and get a total for each of the 15 possible combinations? I am only vaguely familiar with scripting in Excel; or is there a better way to do this?<br>
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Example spreadsheet below and what I am try to end up with:<br>
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dog cat bird horse<br>
bill 200 x <br>
amy 100 x x x<br>
joe 5000 x x x <br>
juan 1500 x x x <br>
1 with dog only<br>
1 with dog + bird + horse<br>
2 with dog + cat + bird<br>
</pre>tag:ask.metafilter.com,2014:site.272024Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:26:50 -0800dukes909Tracking reimbursements for employees
http://ask.metafilter.com/269023/Tracking%2Dreimbursements%2Dfor%2Demployees
I'm in charge of a tuition reimbursement process in my company-- people give me their approved applications along with their grades and receipts and I calculate the reimbursement and send it along to accounting. Part of this process is keeping tabs on what's being spent on what. Right now, I'm using a massive Excel sheet to do this and it is <em>messy</em>. I'm looking for programs or systems for tracking. I need is to track information about the employee (name, department, title), how much they are receiving each time they apply for reimbursement, information about their program, and also keep a running total for how much is spent all together. I am not a finance person, so making beautiful, elaborate spreadsheets is beyond me. What I would really like is a database with a profile for each person, where I can see their information and the details for reimbursement, rather than a mega spreadsheet. My inclination/knowledge is toward FileMaker, as I've used that before and it allows customization. I don't have the experience to build a FileMaker database from scratch, though, and it sounds like my company doesn't want to drop the money on a consultant. We have Tableau and PeopleSoft (neither of which I've used) and there is Access 2007, but I'm wondering where to look after Excel.tag:ask.metafilter.com,2014:site.269023Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:10:07 -0800thefangPivot table help for n00b
http://ask.metafilter.com/268818/Pivot%2Dtable%2Dhelp%2Dfor%2Dn00b
I need to provide some sales data but am unsure how to manipulate the data in a pivot table to get the specific details requested. I'm sure this is simple but my pivot table skills are, admittedly, terrible. Details inside. The ask: "Can you please run sales numbers for Vendor Z and showing the top 25% customers (in sales) of County A and top 25% of County B? Is there a way to include contact info in the report?"<br>
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The sales report I can run allows me to select the invoice dates and selected vendor. The results will display customer type, customer, customer info, invoice date, SKU, qty sold, cost, extended cost, margin, and a bunch of other garbage irrelevant in this case. Regarding <strong>customer type</strong>: our company assigns each customer a type based on various factors. For this example let's say: Type 1, Type 2, Type 3 = customers living in County A; Type 4, Type 5, Type 6 = customers living in County B; and Type 7, Type 8, Type 9 = customers living in County C.<br>
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The report will be giving me data on customer types I don't need which will have to be filtered out. So far, so good, this I can do. But - how do I determine/indicate the top 25%? Usually I am asked for Top 10 or Top 25 customers (this I do by displaying Sum of Extended Cost), not a percentage.<br>
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Also, to include contact info, I will need to include data from several columns, i.e. Address 1, Address 2, City, State, Contact name, Phone, etc. and I can't fathom how to display all this without it looking like a hot mess. <br>
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Again, I'm sure this is very basic stuff but I am an idiot when it comes to creating pivot tables other than the few I do regularly. If further clarification is needed I can provide - thanks in advance for any help!tag:ask.metafilter.com,2014:site.268818Sun, 21 Sep 2014 06:37:18 -0800Bretleyis this a good use case for a gamma distribution?
http://ask.metafilter.com/268228/is%2Dthis%2Da%2Dgood%2Duse%2Dcase%2Dfor%2Da%2Dgamma%2Ddistribution
I want to generate synthetic user-session data to predict how big a peak in application usage might be shortly before a weekly deadline (for timesheet submission - it's a time and labour tracking application). I've come up with a method that looks like it works - it involves a gamma distribution for the login time. But I don't have enough (in fact, any) statistical training to know whether I'm using that distribution meaningfully. Statisticians, please reassure me. Thanks! Excel functions inside... So, imagine we have 10,000 people who all need to submit last week's timesheet before midday on Monday. We could expect a peak in user activity shortly before the deadline, and in order to size the application tier hardware I'd like to say what the maximum concurrency might be.<br>
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In my head I pictured a histogram with a big lump of concurrent sessions shortly before 12:00, tailing steeply down to nearly nothing at the deadline (assuming only a small number end up doing it too late). To the left, there's a long-ish tail of people who are organised enough to submit well ahead of the deadline. So I set out looking for a formula that could generate data with that kind of skew - and which I could also figure out easily how to use in Excel 2007 (my Excel skills are only slightly ahead of my stats knowledge). That's how I came up with the gamma distribution.<br>
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Let's say the mean start time for the sessions is 30mins before the deadline, with standard deviation of 15 (so only a small no. miss the deadline). I believe that gives me a variance of 225. So in the gamma distribution, I would have alpha = mean squared over variance = 900/225 = 4, and beta = variance over mean = 225/30 = 7.5. <br>
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I'm plugging those numbers into the GAMMAINV() function in Excel - so that my sessions all have a start time of 12:00 - GAMMAINV(rand(), 4, 7.5). When I draw a graph of user sessions against time, it looks pretty much like the picture I had in my head. By tweaking the mean & SD, as well as the average length of the user sessions, I can obviously make the peak move around - and hence do some rudimentary what-if analysis that might inform how we'd educate the users.<br>
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But what I don't have is any insight into is whether there's a good statistical basis for doing it this way. In terms of how the gamma distribution works mathematically, is this a reasonable use case?<br>
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Please assume the knowledge of an intelligent layperson with little or no specialist training. All help very much appreciated! Thanks.tag:ask.metafilter.com,2014:site.268228Wed, 10 Sep 2014 04:49:50 -0800rd45Excel Filter: IF Statements and Concatenate
http://ask.metafilter.com/266429/Excel%2DFilter%2DIF%2DStatements%2Dand%2DConcatenate
I'm trying to test if a a series of cells exist, and then concatenate the values that do exist with a paragraph I have. So far I'm using a very ridiculous amount of nested IF statements to accomplish this, but I know there's a better way.<br>
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<code>=IF(ISTEXT(W2),(<br>
CONCATENATE("This week I worked with ",A2,".""On Monday we did their ",C2,", ",D2,", and ",E2,". ""On Tuesday we did their ",F2,", ",G2,", and ",H2,". ""On Wednesday we did their ",I2,", ",J2,", and ",K2,". ""On Thursday we did their ",L2,", ",M2,", and ",N2,". ""On Friday we did their ",O2,", ",P2,", and ",Q2,". ""On Saturday we did their ",R2,", ",S2,", and ",T2,". ""On Sunday we did their ",U2,", ",V2,", and ",W2,". "))</code><br>
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I know there's VBA but I don't really want to commit to learning that with my time constraints. This is for a project at work and I'm trying to get it done as soon as possible. My goals are to have the paragraph change it's formatting based on the values of the cells, just so I don't have something like "Today I sat with Blank and did and and. And and," etc. I also need it be something built into excel that people wouldn't have to import, because I'm going to distribute it to my coworkers and they aren't all technically incline.<br>
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I need to be pointed in the right direction. Maybe there's a simple way to do this in VBA that won't take a year. Maybe there's a totally different way to do this. Maybe I'm asking too much.tag:ask.metafilter.com,2014:site.266429Thu, 07 Aug 2014 13:35:09 -0800trogdoleHow to create an Excel histogram showing distribution of timestamps
http://ask.metafilter.com/265265/How%2Dto%2Dcreate%2Dan%2DExcel%2Dhistogram%2Dshowing%2Ddistribution%2Dof%2Dtimestamps
I have a spreadsheet containing timestamps, that I want to display as a histogram I've installed the Data Analysis plugin, and I have need to visualise a spreadsheet of timestamps as a histogram, but Excel (2010) is automatically generating a bin range when I want to set it manually. The source data has times in hh:mm:ss format and the bin range I'm specifying has the same format.tag:ask.metafilter.com,2014:site.265265Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:43:22 -0800jedroLabeling data points in an Excel chart
http://ask.metafilter.com/264815/Labeling%2Ddata%2Dpoints%2Din%2Dan%2DExcel%2Dchart
Help me figure out how to get the labels I need on the data points in a fairly simple Y vs. X chart. I'm using Excel for Mac 2011, version 14.4.3.<br>
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I'm having a devil of a time figuring out how to get Excel to automatically label my data points with a value other than the X or Y value. My chart looks something like this:<br>
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Name Category Y value X value<br>
Apple Fruit 1 2<br>
Orange Fruit 2 4<br>
Okra Vegetable 3 6<br>
Beans Vegetable 4 8<br>
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I have plotted the X and Y values on a chart. I would like each data point to be labeled "Name, Category", or if only one is possible, just "Name." So, point (1,2) would be labeled "Apple, Fruit" (or just "Apple"), and point (3,6) would be labeled "Okra, Vegetable" (or just "Okra"). Is there some way I can make this happen other than by entering each label manually?tag:ask.metafilter.com,2014:site.264815Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:35:30 -0800ocherdraco