IF, COUNTIF

Can someone explain why these two expressions differ referring to the value 5?

IF(A2:A10<5  etc.  )  but
COUNTIF(A2:A10,"<5")  requires a comma and quotes

Wouldn't it make sense for them to be the same?

Just wondering.
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Harvey
2/6/2010 3:28:53 AM
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For us it would seem to make sense, but for the computer not so much :-)

My understanding is that in the IF statement the <5 is a Comparison
Operation which is a part of the 1st Function Argument whereas in the
COUNTIF it is a Criteria Reference supplied as the 2nd independent Function
Argument. If it stood alone as simply <5 it would have no logical meaning.

Regards |:>)
Bob Jones 
[MVP] Office:Mac



On 2/5/10 10:28 PM, in article
hnwaxman-280F83.22285305022010@news.microsoft.com, "Harvey Waxman"
<hnwaxman@SgPmAaMil.com> wrote:

> Can someone explain why these two expressions differ referring to the value 5?
> 
> IF(A2:A10<5  etc.  )  but
> COUNTIF(A2:A10,"<5")  requires a comma and quotes
> 
> Wouldn't it make sense for them to be the same?
> 
> Just wondering.

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CyberTaz
2/6/2010 3:24:41 PM
Let's vote on it
 :-)
Thanks

In article <C792F3F2.5AE9E%onlygeneraltaz1@com.cast.net>,
 CyberTaz <onlygeneraltaz1@com.cast.net> wrote:

> For us it would seem to make sense, but for the computer not so much :-)
> 
> My understanding is that in the IF statement the <5 is a Comparison
> Operation which is a part of the 1st Function Argument whereas in the
> COUNTIF it is a Criteria Reference supplied as the 2nd independent Function
> Argument. If it stood alone as simply <5 it would have no logical meaning.
> 
> Regards |:>)
> Bob Jones 
> [MVP] Office:Mac
> 
> 
> 
> On 2/5/10 10:28 PM, in article
> hnwaxman-280F83.22285305022010@news.microsoft.com, "Harvey Waxman"
> <hnwaxman@SgPmAaMil.com> wrote:
> 
> > Can someone explain why these two expressions differ referring to the value 5?
> > 
> > IF(A2:A10<5  etc.  )  but
> > COUNTIF(A2:A10,"<5")  requires a comma and quotes
> > 
> > Wouldn't it make sense for them to be the same?
> > 
> > Just wondering.
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Harvey
2/6/2010 3:31:37 PM
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