# Can I sum or countif a criteria that is the numerical part of a LEFT('string')?

#### RockandGrohl

##### Well-known Member
Does that even make sense? I'll elaborate...

I want to countif on some criteria, where the criteria range is a list of numbers that represent the lead time of a product booking (where departure is the 20th Feb and book date is the 10th Feb, that's a lead time of 10).

So the criteria range is set, it's just numbers, but the criteria I'm selecting from says "1 week from departure", "2 weeks from departure", "3 weeks from departure" in a list.

What I need to do is basically criteria = left, search " week", which returns 1, then multiply that by 7 so that gives me the number of days, and then determine whether the booking (10 day lead time) falls within 1 week of departure or 2 weeks. As 10 is greater than 7, it goes within 2 weeks..

Is this possible to do in one formula? Lol. Cheers!

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#### RockandGrohl

##### Well-known Member

Excel Formula:
``=COUNTIFS('LeadTimes.csv'!\$AA:\$AA,"<="&LEFT(A15,FIND(" ",A15)-1)*7,'LEadTimes.csv'!\$AA:\$AA,">"&LEFT(A14,FIND(" ",A14)-1)*7)``

So using left on finding the first space gives you the 1, or 2, or 10 or however many weeks, this leaves you with a number but formatted as text, which is annoying. Thankfully for this, multiplying by 7 to get the week converts it to a number without a helper column, and from there I say where it's equal to or less than the current row, but greater than the row below (so equal to or less than 8 weeks = 56 days, but greater than 7 weeks = 49 days, then this would count for a lead time of 52 days...

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