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Countif based on last character in text string [closed]

asked 2012-07-15 23:27:54 +0200

Farmer Bob gravatar image

updated 2012-07-15 23:36:12 +0200

I have a column of text based codes. Some end with F, some with A and some with - .

A1 KnotsP-A A2 SaucyF-- A3 B-SweP-F A4 StancF-F A5 RoothF-F A6 GrainF-- A7 RavenP-F A8 GermaP-A A9 ParkeF-F A10 LucieFE- A11 Top MPEF A12 WarneF-F

I would like to be able to count how many end with F. I have tried a number of variations suce as: =countif(A1:A12,.f) and =countif(A1:A12,".F") and =countif(A1:A12,"=.F") but they do not work. =countif(A1:A12,"W.") works, returns 1

Please note that the formulae include the wildcard asterix but they don't seem to show up on this blog.

Any help would be great.

Thanks FB

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Yes, regular expressions are enabled. As a result countit based on the first character works for example =countif(A2:A12,"W.*") returns 1 but countif based on the last character does not.

Farmer Bob gravatar imageFarmer Bob ( 2012-07-16 03:45:08 +0200 )edit

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answered 2012-07-16 00:06:13 +0200

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Have you enable regular expression?: Menu/Tools/Options/Calc/Calculate/ Enable regular expressions in formulas.

m.a.riosv gravatar imagem.a.riosv ( 2012-07-16 03:11:20 +0200 )edit

I can confirm that this formula works fine with regular expressions enabled. Of course, it will fail if the strings have trailing spaces after the last "F".

tohuwawohu gravatar imagetohuwawohu ( 2012-07-16 11:13:12 +0200 )edit

the joys with regular expressions is that you can also make it "F followed by optional space" if needed :-)

cloph gravatar imagecloph ( 2012-07-26 17:34:23 +0200 )edit

Pinging @jorendc: Could you please lend your mac-testing skills to this question? Please let us know if mariosv's Answer seems to work. If it acts differently on different OSes, then this question gets a free trip to you-know-where! (no, not Mordor... although it's about as scary to some users ;-)

qubit gravatar imagequbit ( 2013-02-20 05:53:53 +0200 )edit

answered 2013-02-21 05:58:24 +0200

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You could always create a new column which has only the last character, e.g with this formula: =UPPER(RIGHT(TRIM(A1);1))

TRIM() removes leading and trailing whitespace, RIGHT() picks given number of last characters and UPPER() converts everything to UPPERCASE.

How to count certain characters? =COUNTIF(B1:B9;"F")

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@mahfiaz: this is a nice solution! It differentiate upper and lower case characters as well as spaces. Well thought through!

ROSt52 gravatar imageROSt52 ( 2013-02-21 11:47:16 +0200 )edit

answered 2013-02-20 15:29:26 +0200

ROSt52 gravatar image

updated 2013-02-20 15:30:23 +0200

I just had a couple of minutes and could make a test. This is the result according to my understanding of the question.

Should this be wrong, I need more information on the task.

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answered 2013-02-20 11:01:38 +0200

ROSt52 gravatar image

Could this be a possibility: Use right(cell, lenght(cell)-1) to identify the most right character and then work with countif?

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answered 2012-07-16 00:30:52 +0200

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Thanks but that gives a result of 0.


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Please don't use the answer functionality for comments.

tohuwawohu gravatar imagetohuwawohu ( 2012-07-16 11:13:55 +0200 )edit

I have double checked for blank spaces following the last character and also manually entered a sample list on a new sheet and still it returns 0. The same problem exists when I try it with Open Office. I am running OSX Snow Leopard on an iMac.

Farmer Bob gravatar imageFarmer Bob ( 2012-07-16 16:34:15 +0200 )edit

Ok, so we need someone who could test this on a Mac. I've only Linux an Windows available, sorry.

tohuwawohu gravatar imagetohuwawohu ( 2012-07-16 17:29:19 +0200 )edit

Thanks, I have also tried a workaround using SUMPRODUCT and REPLACE but still get 0.

Farmer Bob gravatar imageFarmer Bob ( 2012-07-16 18:20:07 +0200 )edit

Would any one have a suggestion on a SUMPRODUCT & REPLACE formula that might work? Or a different work around?

Farmer Bob gravatar imageFarmer Bob ( 2012-07-16 18:22:26 +0200 )edit

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