## How do I get SUMIF to calculate based on multiple variables?

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May 7, 2012 8:01 PM

Here's what I have now

=SUMIF(Income Breakdown :: \$Date,D1,Income Breakdown :: \$Amount)

Income Breakdown is the table I'm referring to. D1 is March, so if the cell in the Date column = March it will figure the total for me of just those items.

However I want it to figure the total by both the Month and by the Category (a separate column in the table {but separate row in the table I'm trying to create the formula in}) I have listed in the table. How do I include variables for both month and category and get a sum based on that?

Just a side note, I do not work with spreadsheets often. I looked through other discussions, but as none were quite my problem or my variables, I had trouble following them. I stumbled on this formula in a template and knew it should do what I want, I just cannot solve that 2nd variable.

I tried doing this:

=SUMIF(Income Breakdown :: \$Date,D1,Income Breakdown :: \$Category,A3,Income Breakdown :: \$Amount)

This causes all the required columns to highlight in color, but it gives me a red triangle once I hit enter.

iWork Numbers, iOS 5.1
• Level 7 (29,095 points)

Hi,

You're almost there.

SUMIF calculates a sum of values that meet a single condition.

SUMIFS calculates a sum of values that meet all of a set of conditions.

The syntax is slightly different. Here's the description, from the Function Browser in Numbers '09:

Note that the sum values (Income Breakdown::\$Amount) is the first argument for SUMIFS, rather than the last, as it was for SUMIF. Test-value, Condition pairs are set in the same manner as in SUMIF.

Regards,

Barry

• Level 6 (10,760 points)

Numbers '08?  I don't have that version to check it out but maybe it doesn't have SUMIFS.  Version '09 has it.

• Level 7 (28,135 points)

You're right, SUMIFS didn't exist in Numbers '08.

You can get around this problem by adding a column that combines the two conditions, then SUMIF with the new column as a single condition.

For instance, if you want to sum all the values associated with a particular color and size, in columns C and D, in Column E fill with =C&D. This will give you values like RedSmall and BlueMedium. Do a SUMIF using column E as the condition range and look for RedSmall, or whatever.

Jerry

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