# Analysis and comparison of trends in Multiple Choice response data

#### LoneCub

##### New Member
Hello everyone,

This is my first post here, and I just joined the forum after searching around and learning a few things about setting up my data entry table for later analysis of survey responses. I'm pretty excited about learning how to do calculations with Excel I've never even considered before.

I've got a series of 10 multiple choice questions, and I want to be able to compare & tally respondents who've answered one question a certain way with how they've answered other questions.

For instance, if I want to see how many respondents answer "B" on one question - indicating they're between the ages of 20-30, and how many answer "C" on the same question - indicating they're between the ages of 30-50 in order to compare the total of each group to another question's response (such as how many of each answered "D" - indicating they spend +\$1,000 per year on transport) how should I set up the formula?

I've linked to the excel file here, if anyone wants to take a look and/or make any suggestions:

LifeCycle Survey Response Template

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#### qrtback10

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How do you have the submitted data set up? The easiest way to start playing around with what I think you're looking for is by using 'countifs'. Countifs allow you to tally the combinations of what you're looking for.

For example:

Code:
``=COUNTIFS(A2="B",C2="D",F2="C")``
This will either return 1 (true) or 0 (false) and can give you a quick glance to what you're looking for. I would recommend that your data each be submitted as a row and not as a column. That way, you can put this code in at the end of your data, copy down, and sum up the total to give you what you need.

#### LoneCub

##### New Member
Qrtback10, thanks for the assistance! Each participant's data is arranged in a single row, so I can add a column at the end and select as needed. I'll play around with it to see that I get what I need, and I may be back with other questions, but that ought to do for now.

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