# Counting numbers in a string

#### gjfitz7

##### New Member
Hi - wonder if anyone can help. I'm trying to count numbers in a range, ie how often 1s appears in a column of numbers; and, then I want to repeat this formula but to count for 2s. For example in A1 I have a string such as 3,5,6,7; in A2 I have 1,3,5; in A3 I have 2,5,6,7. Can anyone help please?

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#### DonkeyOte

##### MrExcel MVP
gjfitz7,

can you outline the range of numbers you will have in your ranges ? ie 1 to 9 or more than that ?

if it were only 0-9 a formula such as the below, entered as an array formula using SHIFT + CTRL + ENTER would count instances, assume say A4 = 5, in A5:

=SUM(IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH(A4,\$A\$1:\$A\$3)),1))

would return 3

(once array is set the formula will appear as {=SUM(....)}

#### gjfitz7

##### New Member
Just numbers 1 to 8

#### ravishankar

##### Well-known Member
Hi
B1= if(iserror(find(1,A1)),"",1)
C1=if(iserror(find(2,A1)),"",2)
B51= countif(B1:B50,1)
C51= countif(B1:B50,2)
Ravi

#### DonkeyOte

##### MrExcel MVP

The above formula (committed as an array) will work for you/

Post back if you have any further problems.

#### gjfitz7

##### New Member
Thanks - just trying to understand this. I don't know what an array formula is... I just tried to copy your example formula in but it didn't work. This I tried using control-shift-enter... but nothing happened. I'm missing something here.

Did I explain my problem correctly... So, I have a random set of numbers (1-8) separated by a comma (in A1: 2,3,6,7; in A2: 1,4,6; in A3: 4,5,6; etc.), in the range A1:A100 and I want to search the number of instances that 1 appears

#### DonkeyOte

##### MrExcel MVP

Assuming you wanted count of 1 in A101, A101 formula (enter using CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER)

=SUM(IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH(ROW(A101)-100,\$A\$1:\$A\$100)),1))

once array is confirmed the formula should appear as follows:

{=SUM(IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH(ROW(A101)-100,\$A\$1:\$A\$100)),1))}

You can copy this formula to A102 and it will count instances of 2, copy to A103 and will count instances of 3 etc etc...

#### gjfitz7

##### New Member
Wow... that's perfect Very much appreciated!

##### MrExcel MVP
Another option...

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A1:A3 houses the data, C:D the processing...

D1, copied down:

=SUMPRODUCT(LEN(","&\$A\$1:\$A\$3&",")-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(","&\$A\$1:\$A\$3&",",","&C1&",","")))/LEN(","&C1&",")

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