I am trying to find nth occurrence of a text entry in an array
The AGGREGATE function I have used in Excel works beautifully but when I try the same in Calc, it does not work.
The post at
says this is because Calc handles the DIV#0 error differently than Excel
That posting is marked as outdated, so I am hoping a solution has been discovered since then.
However,in troubleshooting with a new worksheet, I tried using a helper column - which I CANNOT do for my actual application because I have over 1,000 columns and 100 rows with reference to another worksheet with the same layout - and it handled the DIV#0 error just fine when the error was in the array being referenced rather than embedded in the AGGREGATE function. Excel handles the DIV#0 error in either scenario.
For the simple, trouble-shooting spreadsheet I have
Names = array of names (C2:C41 if it matters)
Search = the text I am searching for ((H2)
Nth_Find= the Nth occurrence number N
Works great in Excel
Errors out in Calc
When I put the “ROW(Names)/(Names=Search)-ROW($C$2)+1” in a helper column and use it as the reference in the above formula it worked.
But as said above, I cannot use Helper columns in this instance.
I want to use a Function-based solution, NOT an Array-Function-based solution since the Array-Function solution is too resource intensive for use in thousands of cells in a worksheet.
I can get this to work with a convoluted SUMPRODUCT formula but if possible, would like a simpler AGGREGATE formula with fewer calculations.
Any suggestions for how to use the AGGREGATE function in Calc to find the Nth occurrence of a text item in an Array?