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In Calc, how to find the distance to the nearest nonblank cell? [closed]

asked 2014-08-03 03:02:32 +0200

Polyergic gravatar image

updated 2020-08-11 23:05:52 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

Specifically, I want the number of blank cells above the current cell. I'm using a sheet as a log, and I want to leave a row blank when I miss a day, but be able to count the number of consecutive missed days. I use the missed days count to calculate the effective per-day averages on the next day that isn't missed.

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answered 2014-08-03 09:08:33 +0200

karolus gravatar image

Bad Idea !!

Log with the real Date, and without blanc rows for "missing Days" !


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I'm agree with @karolus, blank records can only be a source of troubles (e.g. not possible sort data). To know how many missed days were, is the difference between consecutive logs date.

m.a.riosv gravatar imagem.a.riosv ( 2014-08-03 14:19:08 +0200 )edit

answered 2014-08-03 14:51:30 +0200

lactea gravatar image

Maybe he has no choice but to use this spreadsheet.

I'd use either countblank() or if(cell="";1;0) and then count all the 1's before or after a filled date. Simply another if()-function. Makes the document slow, though.

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