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conditional sumproduct

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PhilipDebbas Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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Dec 5, 2012 2:36 PM

need help:


i have three columns. one has a list of fruits which can occur several times (three times apples, two times pears, etc.), the second has a list of prices and the third a list of quantities. how do i get the total value of my apple, i.e. the sum of the products of my apples?


in excel i write the following formula:




in numbers it just fails.





MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Wayne Contello Level 6 Level 6 (12,660 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 3:04 PM (in response to PhilipDebbas)

    This syntax does not work in Numbers.


    You can add an aux column to the table to make this possible like:


    Screen Shot 2012-12-05 at 4.53.12 PM.png


    the Aux column is set up as:

    D2=IF(A2="Apple", B2*C2, 0)


    select D2 and fill down as needed.



    Another way still uses and aux column but is more flexible to expand to other fruit:

    Screen Shot 2012-12-05 at 5.01.18 PM.png

    The header of each aux column (column D in this example) determines whether a 1 or 0 is listed in the corresponding row:


    D1=IF(A2=D$1, 1, 0)


    select D1 and fill down.  The first cell in the column contains the name of the fruit to search for in the column.  To get the sum product use:


  • Wayne Contello Level 6 Level 6 (12,660 points)
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    Dec 6, 2012 5:54 AM (in response to PhilipDebbas)

    Can you post a respresentative example?

  • Badunit Level 6 Level 6 (10,765 points)
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    Dec 6, 2012 9:22 PM (in response to PhilipDebbas)

    Does the daily rate for a person change or is it always the same for that person?  If it is a constant for each person, you can SUMIF the number of days for that person for the week, do a single lookup to get their rate and multiply by that rate. It's just a thought. I can see cases where a rate might change for someone over the course of a year: overtime in a particular week or during a particular project, a raise during the year, etc.


    Otherwise, a solution would be to add 52 more columns to do the rate*days for each person for each week so you can do a simple SUMIF.  You already know this as a solution, I'm just saying it is "only" 52 additional columns, not a completely outrageous number, and the formula for them is cut & pasteable.

  • Barry Level 7 Level 7 (29,095 points)
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    Dec 7, 2012 10:07 PM (in response to PhilipDebbas)

    Looks to be still doable if each person's rate is constant within the project. Might require going to SUMIFS instead of SUMIF.





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