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In my spreadsheet I have a list of people. In column A I have got their name, in column B the society they work for, in column C how many times they held a positionX, in column D how many times they held a positionY, in column E how many times they held a positionZ. Not all of them held a position X, Y or Z. They could have held one of them, two of them, all of them or none.
I need to know how many of them held a position (no matter which one, how many times or how many of them), divided by society. Is that possible?

Solved by I. L. in 12 mins

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Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 04:45

Hello. Welcome to Excel chat.

User
01/03/2018 - 04:45

Hello!

User
01/03/2018 - 04:46

My spreadsheet looks like this

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 04:46

Good to see you working on the sample data. That will help in finding a solution.

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 04:47

Ok. I have understood how the data looks like. So what is your expected outcome.

User
01/03/2018 - 04:48

In this case, I should get a 6

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 04:48

For ?

User
01/03/2018 - 04:48

Because all of them 6 held a position, no matter which one nor how many times

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 04:49

Oh Ok. Got it.

User
01/03/2018 - 04:49

Even with the last addition, it still is 6

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 04:49

So if some one has held no position then, it will ignore that value.

User
01/03/2018 - 04:49

Exactly

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 04:51

The sum of the column F is your answer.

User
01/03/2018 - 04:52

Thank you very much!

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 04:52

I have entered a formula in that, which will give 0 if all the columns C, D and E are blank, and 1 if either of them is filled.

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 04:52

If you are satisfied with the solution, I am happy to explain it for you.

User
01/03/2018 - 04:52

I really am

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 04:52

Great! Happy to help you.

User
01/03/2018 - 04:53

You've been really helpful, thank you

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 04:53

I have used an AND function inside an IF. The AND function will result TRUE when all the conditions in it are TRUE.

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 04:54

The condition I am checking is if the cell is blank by using ISBLANK function.

User
01/03/2018 - 04:54

It looks great

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 04:54

Now if my AND condition returns TRUE, then it means that all the 3 columns are blank hence contains no value for us i.e 0

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 04:55

And if AND function returns false, then atleast 1 column has been used and hence 1 is used. And our final result is the sum of the column where this formula is applied.

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 04:56

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User
01/03/2018 - 04:56

I surely will

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01/03/2018 - 04:57

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01/03/2018 - 04:57

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User
01/03/2018 - 04:57

I want to thank you again for your time and your help. See you soon

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 04:57

Have a nice day ahead!

User
01/03/2018 - 04:57

You too!

Excelchat Expert
01/03/2018 - 04:57

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