Excel Formula to Count Number of Unique Values
Assuming we have a list of values in the range:B5:B15 and we want to know how many unique values are there,
you can write the oh so wonderful sumproduct formula like this:
How this formula works?
COUNTIF(B5:B15,B5:B15) of the formula returns the individual item counts. So in our example range, the values would be:
5,1,2,5,1,1,1,2,5,5,5. When you add up the reciprocals of these values, you will get the count of unique values in the range.
I am leaving that to your imagination.
More unique ways to work with duplicates in your data
My obsession with unique values in excel is known to most of you. It is one topic on which I have posted alot. Here is a list of most useful techniques to work with duplicate values in your data.
- Getting unique items using data filter and formulas
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- Learn cool uses of countif and sumif
- More exciting countif examples – Includes stuff like sorting text using formulas…
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