#### COUNT unique letter in a column

```Howdy All,

I want to count the number of occurrences of a partipular letter in a column

Any help?

THanks,
Brian

```
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Brian
5/8/2010 3:38:58 PM
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```This will give you the number of lower case a's in a range:
=SUMPRODUCT(LEN(A1:A100)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1:A100,"a","")))/len("a")

If you want to ignore case, you can use:
=SUMPRODUCT(LEN(A1:A100)
-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(upper(A1:A100),upper("a"),"")))/len("a")

(Substitute is case-sensitive)

Adjust the ranges to match--but you can't use whole columns (except in xl2007+).

Brian wrote:

> Howdy All,
>
> I want to count the number of occurrences of a partipular letter in a column
>
> Any help?
>
> THanks,
> Brian
>
>

--

Dave Peterson
```
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Dave
5/8/2010 3:52:58 PM
```In case Dave has misread your question and the cells have only one letter
each:
=COUNTIF(A1A:100,"A")
best wishes
--
Bernard Liengme
Microsoft Excel MVP
http://people.stfx.ca/bliengme

"Brian" <wolfmanx@charter.net> wrote in message
news:eJhbWSs7KHA.4508@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
> Howdy All,
>
> I want to count the number of occurrences of a partipular letter in a
> column
>
> Any help?
>
> THanks,
> Brian
>
```
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Bernard
5/8/2010 5:33:42 PM
```Thanks for the input.
The column may actually contain any number of letters. Examples B1 = pme, B2
= e, B3 = pe, etc.
I want to have a few cells that count the p's, m's and e's.

Thanks again,
Brian

"Dave Peterson" <petersod@verizonXSPAM.net> wrote in message
news:%23tBuKas7KHA.1316@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
> This will give you the number of lower case a's in a range:
> =SUMPRODUCT(LEN(A1:A100)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1:A100,"a","")))/len("a")
>
> If you want to ignore case, you can use:
> =SUMPRODUCT(LEN(A1:A100)
>   -LEN(SUBSTITUTE(upper(A1:A100),upper("a"),"")))/len("a")
>
> (Substitute is case-sensitive)
>
> Adjust the ranges to match--but you can't use whole columns (except in
> xl2007+).
>
>
>
>
> Brian wrote:
>
>> Howdy All,
>>
>> I want to count the number of occurrences of a partipular letter in a
>> column
>>
>> Any help?
>>
>> THanks,
>> Brian
>
> --
>
> Dave Peterson

```
 0
Brian
5/8/2010 5:48:41 PM
```Your use of the word "unique" may be a little confusing. From what I can
see, you want to count the cells with a particular letter in it, even if
that letter is combined with other letters. Also from your *small* example
pool, it appears that the letter won't be repeated within any single cell.
If that is the case... or, if it does repeat in a cell, but you only want to
count that cell once, give this formula a try...

=COUNTIF(A1:A100,"*p*")

Adjust the range accordingly and change the letter as needed.

--
Rick (MVP - Excel)

"Brian" <wolfmanx@charter.net> wrote in message
news:uTh51at7KHA.3964@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
> Thanks for the input.
> The column may actually contain any number of letters. Examples B1 = pme,
> B2 = e, B3 = pe, etc.
> I want to have a few cells that count the p's, m's and e's.
>
> Thanks again,
> Brian
>
> "Dave Peterson" <petersod@verizonXSPAM.net> wrote in message
> news:%23tBuKas7KHA.1316@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
>> This will give you the number of lower case a's in a range:
>> =SUMPRODUCT(LEN(A1:A100)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1:A100,"a","")))/len("a")
>>
>> If you want to ignore case, you can use:
>> =SUMPRODUCT(LEN(A1:A100)
>>   -LEN(SUBSTITUTE(upper(A1:A100),upper("a"),"")))/len("a")
>>
>> (Substitute is case-sensitive)
>>
>> Adjust the ranges to match--but you can't use whole columns (except in
>> xl2007+).
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Brian wrote:
>>
>>> Howdy All,
>>>
>>> I want to count the number of occurrences of a partipular letter in a
>>> column
>>>
>>> Any help?
>>>
>>> THanks,
>>> Brian
>>
>> --
>>
>> Dave Peterson
>
>
```
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Rick
5/8/2010 6:49:58 PM
```If B1:B2 contained:

ppmmee
ppmmee

Would the count of p's be two?  If yes, use Rick's suggestion.  His suggestion
counts the number of cells with at least one p:
=countif(b:b,"*p*")

If the the count would be 0 (since there is no exact match), then use Bernard's
suggestion.  His suggestion looks for a single character in the cell:
=countif(b:b,"p")

If the count would be 4 (two in B1 + two in B2), then use one of the suggestions
I gave.  It counts the number of times that character appears in the range.

Brian wrote:

> Thanks for the input.
> The column may actually contain any number of letters. Examples B1 = pme, B2
> = e, B3 = pe, etc.
> I want to have a few cells that count the p's, m's and e's.
>
> Thanks again,
> Brian
>
> "Dave Peterson" <petersod@verizonXSPAM.net> wrote in message
> news:%23tBuKas7KHA.1316@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
>
>>This will give you the number of lower case a's in a range:
>>=SUMPRODUCT(LEN(A1:A100)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1:A100,"a","")))/len("a")
>>
>>If you want to ignore case, you can use:
>>=SUMPRODUCT(LEN(A1:A100)
>>  -LEN(SUBSTITUTE(upper(A1:A100),upper("a"),"")))/len("a")
>>
>>(Substitute is case-sensitive)
>>
>>Adjust the ranges to match--but you can't use whole columns (except in
>>xl2007+).
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>Brian wrote:
>>
>>
>>>Howdy All,
>>>
>>>I want to count the number of occurrences of a partipular letter in a
>>>column
>>>
>>>Any help?
>>>
>>>THanks,
>>>Brian
>>
>>--
>>
>>Dave Peterson
>
>
>

--

Dave Peterson
```
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Dave
5/8/2010 7:43:54 PM
```Thanks Rick.
You read my mind, the letters will only appear in a given cell once.

Brian
"Rick Rothstein" <rick.newsNO.SPAM@NO.SPAMverizon.net> wrote in message
news:O%23L3r9t7KHA.3964@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
> Your use of the word "unique" may be a little confusing. From what I can
> see, you want to count the cells with a particular letter in it, even if
> that letter is combined with other letters. Also from your *small* example
> pool, it appears that the letter won't be repeated within any single cell.
> If that is the case... or, if it does repeat in a cell, but you only want
> to count that cell once, give this formula a try...
>
> =COUNTIF(A1:A100,"*p*")
>
> Adjust the range accordingly and change the letter as needed.
>
> --
> Rick (MVP - Excel)
>
>
>
> "Brian" <wolfmanx@charter.net> wrote in message
> news:uTh51at7KHA.3964@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
>> Thanks for the input.
>> The column may actually contain any number of letters. Examples B1 = pme,
>> B2 = e, B3 = pe, etc.
>> I want to have a few cells that count the p's, m's and e's.
>>
>> Thanks again,
>> Brian
>>
>> "Dave Peterson" <petersod@verizonXSPAM.net> wrote in message
>> news:%23tBuKas7KHA.1316@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
>>> This will give you the number of lower case a's in a range:
>>> =SUMPRODUCT(LEN(A1:A100)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1:A100,"a","")))/len("a")
>>>
>>> If you want to ignore case, you can use:
>>> =SUMPRODUCT(LEN(A1:A100)
>>>   -LEN(SUBSTITUTE(upper(A1:A100),upper("a"),"")))/len("a")
>>>
>>> (Substitute is case-sensitive)
>>>
>>> Adjust the ranges to match--but you can't use whole columns (except in
>>> xl2007+).
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Brian wrote:
>>>
>>>> Howdy All,
>>>>
>>>> I want to count the number of occurrences of a partipular letter in a
>>>> column
>>>>
>>>> Any help?
>>>>
>>>> THanks,
>>>> Brian
>>>
>>> --
>>>
>>> Dave Peterson
>>
>>

```
 0
Brian
5/8/2010 9:46:39 PM

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