I need to determine the maximum number of consecutive negative numbers in a column. The column contains formulas that evaluate to a positive number, a negative number, zero or "" (blank). I cannot add an additional column. The following are the results of formulas in cells A1:A11 that need a formula in A12 that evaluates to 3, the maximum number of consecutive negative numbers counting cells A2, A6 and A7. 1 -2 "" "" "" -6 -7 8 -9 "" -11

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1/1/2010 9:17:01 PM

You're sure you can't us an extra column somewhere?? Even a hidden one? There are many examples of how to do this published on the internet (search for a phrase like "find sequence of negative numbers in excel" and you'll see them). But almost all involve a 'helper' column. My own solution required a helper column also, and I was looking for one without it. Could you accept a User Defined Function (a VB macro that you can use on a worksheet just like a built in function)? "JP" wrote: > I need to determine the maximum number of consecutive negative numbers in a > column. The column contains formulas that evaluate to a positive number, a > negative number, zero or "" (blank). I cannot add an additional column. The > following are the results of formulas in cells A1:A11 that need a formula in > A12 that evaluates to 3, the maximum number of consecutive negative numbers > counting cells A2, A6 and A7. > > 1 > -2 > "" > "" > "" > -6 > -7 > 8 > -9 > "" > -11 >

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1/2/2010 1:30:01 AM

Try this array formula** : =MAX(FREQUENCY(IF(A1:A11<0,ROW(A1:A11)),IF(A1:A11>=0,IF(A1:A11<>"",ROW(A1:A11))))) ** array formulas need to be entered using the key combination of CTRL,SHIFT,ENTER (not just ENTER). Hold down both the CTRL key and the SHIFT key then hit ENTER. -- Biff Microsoft Excel MVP "JP" <JP@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:29043AFA-6F71-42EB-992A-2AA4547BAFEF@microsoft.com... >I need to determine the maximum number of consecutive negative numbers in a > column. The column contains formulas that evaluate to a positive number, > a > negative number, zero or "" (blank). I cannot add an additional column. > The > following are the results of formulas in cells A1:A11 that need a formula > in > A12 that evaluates to 3, the maximum number of consecutive negative > numbers > counting cells A2, A6 and A7. > > 1 > -2 > "" > "" > "" > -6 > -7 > 8 > -9 > "" > -11 >

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1/2/2010 3:38:39 AM

Thanks very much for your reply but I can't use a hidden column and I need to avoid user-defined functions and macros. If it is not possible using a formula or array formula, then at least I'll know that and can stop trying--so I appreciate your help. "JLatham" wrote: > You're sure you can't us an extra column somewhere?? Even a hidden one? > There are many examples of how to do this published on the internet (search > for a phrase like "find sequence of negative numbers in excel" and you'll see > them). But almost all involve a 'helper' column. My own solution required a > helper column also, and I was looking for one without it. > Could you accept a User Defined Function (a VB macro that you can use on a > worksheet just like a built in function)? > > > "JP" wrote: > > > I need to determine the maximum number of consecutive negative numbers in a > > column. The column contains formulas that evaluate to a positive number, a > > negative number, zero or "" (blank). I cannot add an additional column. The > > following are the results of formulas in cells A1:A11 that need a formula in > > A12 that evaluates to 3, the maximum number of consecutive negative numbers > > counting cells A2, A6 and A7. > > > > 1 > > -2 > > "" > > "" > > "" > > -6 > > -7 > > 8 > > -9 > > "" > > -11 > >

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1/2/2010 9:50:01 AM

Thank you for your reply. This is the type of solution I've been looking for but it evaluates incorrectly to 2 rather than 3 (using my example). "T. Valko" wrote: > Try this array formula** : > > =MAX(FREQUENCY(IF(A1:A11<0,ROW(A1:A11)),IF(A1:A11>=0,IF(A1:A11<>"",ROW(A1:A11))))) > > ** array formulas need to be entered using the key combination of > CTRL,SHIFT,ENTER (not just ENTER). Hold down both the CTRL key and the SHIFT > key then hit ENTER. > > -- > Biff > Microsoft Excel MVP > > > "JP" <JP@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message > news:29043AFA-6F71-42EB-992A-2AA4547BAFEF@microsoft.com... > >I need to determine the maximum number of consecutive negative numbers in a > > column. The column contains formulas that evaluate to a positive number, > > a > > negative number, zero or "" (blank). I cannot add an additional column. > > The > > following are the results of formulas in cells A1:A11 that need a formula > > in > > A12 that evaluates to 3, the maximum number of consecutive negative > > numbers > > counting cells A2, A6 and A7. > > > > 1 > > -2 > > "" > > "" > > "" > > -6 > > -7 > > 8 > > -9 > > "" > > -11 > > > > > . >

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1/2/2010 9:57:01 AM

My error, it evaluates perfectly. Thank you so much, T. Valko! I've been working on this for a long time and it's finally solved thanks to you. Best regards, JP "JP" wrote: > Thank you for your reply. This is the type of solution I've been looking for > but it evaluates incorrectly to 2 rather than 3 (using my example). > > "T. Valko" wrote: > > > Try this array formula** : > > > > =MAX(FREQUENCY(IF(A1:A11<0,ROW(A1:A11)),IF(A1:A11>=0,IF(A1:A11<>"",ROW(A1:A11))))) > > > > ** array formulas need to be entered using the key combination of > > CTRL,SHIFT,ENTER (not just ENTER). Hold down both the CTRL key and the SHIFT > > key then hit ENTER. > > > > -- > > Biff > > Microsoft Excel MVP > > > > > > "JP" <JP@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message > > news:29043AFA-6F71-42EB-992A-2AA4547BAFEF@microsoft.com... > > >I need to determine the maximum number of consecutive negative numbers in a > > > column. The column contains formulas that evaluate to a positive number, > > > a > > > negative number, zero or "" (blank). I cannot add an additional column. > > > The > > > following are the results of formulas in cells A1:A11 that need a formula > > > in > > > A12 that evaluates to 3, the maximum number of consecutive negative > > > numbers > > > counting cells A2, A6 and A7. > > > > > > 1 > > > -2 > > > "" > > > "" > > > "" > > > -6 > > > -7 > > > 8 > > > -9 > > > "" > > > -11 > > > > > > > > > . > >

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1/2/2010 10:03:01 AM

This works perfectly, many many thanks and happy New Year to you. "T. Valko" wrote: > Try this array formula** : > > =MAX(FREQUENCY(IF(A1:A11<0,ROW(A1:A11)),IF(A1:A11>=0,IF(A1:A11<>"",ROW(A1:A11))))) > > ** array formulas need to be entered using the key combination of > CTRL,SHIFT,ENTER (not just ENTER). Hold down both the CTRL key and the SHIFT > key then hit ENTER. > > -- > Biff > Microsoft Excel MVP > > > "JP" <JP@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message > news:29043AFA-6F71-42EB-992A-2AA4547BAFEF@microsoft.com... > >I need to determine the maximum number of consecutive negative numbers in a > > column. The column contains formulas that evaluate to a positive number, > > a > > negative number, zero or "" (blank). I cannot add an additional column. > > The > > following are the results of formulas in cells A1:A11 that need a formula > > in > > A12 that evaluates to 3, the maximum number of consecutive negative > > numbers > > counting cells A2, A6 and A7. > > > > 1 > > -2 > > "" > > "" > > "" > > -6 > > -7 > > 8 > > -9 > > "" > > -11 > > > > > . >

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1/2/2010 10:05:01 AM

I finally understand how this is working. It's a brilliant and elegant solution that is greatly appreciated. Thanks once again, Biff and happy trails. JP "T. Valko" wrote: > Try this array formula** : > > =MAX(FREQUENCY(IF(A1:A11<0,ROW(A1:A11)),IF(A1:A11>=0,IF(A1:A11<>"",ROW(A1:A11))))) > > ** array formulas need to be entered using the key combination of > CTRL,SHIFT,ENTER (not just ENTER). Hold down both the CTRL key and the SHIFT > key then hit ENTER. > > -- > Biff > Microsoft Excel MVP > > > "JP" <JP@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message > news:29043AFA-6F71-42EB-992A-2AA4547BAFEF@microsoft.com... > >I need to determine the maximum number of consecutive negative numbers in a > > column. The column contains formulas that evaluate to a positive number, > > a > > negative number, zero or "" (blank). I cannot add an additional column. > > The > > following are the results of formulas in cells A1:A11 that need a formula > > in > > A12 that evaluates to 3, the maximum number of consecutive negative > > numbers > > counting cells A2, A6 and A7. > > > > 1 > > -2 > > "" > > "" > > "" > > -6 > > -7 > > 8 > > -9 > > "" > > -11 > > > > > . >

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1/2/2010 1:32:01 PM

You're welcome. Thanks for the feedback! -- Biff Microsoft Excel MVP "JP" <JP@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:A5D8D2FD-C20A-4915-A3BA-154735D00967@microsoft.com... >I finally understand how this is working. It's a brilliant and elegant > solution that is greatly appreciated. Thanks once again, Biff and happy > trails. > > JP > > > "T. Valko" wrote: > >> Try this array formula** : >> >> =MAX(FREQUENCY(IF(A1:A11<0,ROW(A1:A11)),IF(A1:A11>=0,IF(A1:A11<>"",ROW(A1:A11))))) >> >> ** array formulas need to be entered using the key combination of >> CTRL,SHIFT,ENTER (not just ENTER). Hold down both the CTRL key and the >> SHIFT >> key then hit ENTER. >> >> -- >> Biff >> Microsoft Excel MVP >> >> >> "JP" <JP@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message >> news:29043AFA-6F71-42EB-992A-2AA4547BAFEF@microsoft.com... >> >I need to determine the maximum number of consecutive negative numbers >> >in a >> > column. The column contains formulas that evaluate to a positive >> > number, >> > a >> > negative number, zero or "" (blank). I cannot add an additional >> > column. >> > The >> > following are the results of formulas in cells A1:A11 that need a >> > formula >> > in >> > A12 that evaluates to 3, the maximum number of consecutive negative >> > numbers >> > counting cells A2, A6 and A7. >> > >> > 1 >> > -2 >> > "" >> > "" >> > "" >> > -6 >> > -7 >> > 8 >> > -9 >> > "" >> > -11 >> > >> >> >> . >>

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1/2/2010 4:12:16 PM

As you now know, there's almost always a solution (key word 'almost'), and in this case I just kind of figured if Biff couldn't do it, it couldn't be done. Glad he was able to solve your problem. "JP" wrote: > Thanks very much for your reply but I can't use a hidden column and I need to > avoid user-defined functions and macros. If it is not possible using a > formula or array formula, then at least I'll know that and can stop > trying--so I appreciate your help. > > "JLatham" wrote: > > > You're sure you can't us an extra column somewhere?? Even a hidden one? > > There are many examples of how to do this published on the internet (search > > for a phrase like "find sequence of negative numbers in excel" and you'll see > > them). But almost all involve a 'helper' column. My own solution required a > > helper column also, and I was looking for one without it. > > Could you accept a User Defined Function (a VB macro that you can use on a > > worksheet just like a built in function)? > > > > > > "JP" wrote: > > > > > I need to determine the maximum number of consecutive negative numbers in a > > > column. The column contains formulas that evaluate to a positive number, a > > > negative number, zero or "" (blank). I cannot add an additional column. The > > > following are the results of formulas in cells A1:A11 that need a formula in > > > A12 that evaluates to 3, the maximum number of consecutive negative numbers > > > counting cells A2, A6 and A7. > > > > > > 1 > > > -2 > > > "" > > > "" > > > "" > > > -6 > > > -7 > > > 8 > > > -9 > > > "" > > > -11 > > >

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1/2/2010 11:19:01 PM

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