Find most common occurrence and display it.

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Hi Community,

Been trying to figure this out all morning. I have a range of data, with column headers. I have computed values based on certain criteria in a range of cells Similar to the following: Lets call it clothing items.

Mon 400
Tue 300
Wed 6
Thur 7
Fri 50

I have computed this with the following formula: =COUNTIFS(Data!AN:AN,B9,Data!AI:AI,"Mon",Data!Z:Z,"SpecificText",Data!AQ:AQ,"AlternateText") replacing Tue, Wed...for Mon on each row. With this, I can see that I have sold 400 items on Monday, 300 on Tuesday...

Now out of those values, I want to display the most common occurrence of what made up that 763 items. I was trying to, unsuccessfully with the following formula based on some searches but I cannot figure it out. The goal is for Cell E26 to display the word Shirts, Pants, Shoes, based on if that is the most common thing sold that week. The item sold is in column AH of which I am trying to figure out which was sold most.

Cell E26: =INDEX(Data!AH:AH, 10000*MOD(MAX(COUNTIF(Data!AH2:AH1000000,Data!AH2:AH1000000)+(ROW(Data!AH2:AH1000000)/10000)),1), 1)

Any ideas welcomed.

Jeff

Jeff

Eric W

MrExcel MVP
It would have been helpful if you could have displayed an example of your sheets. Nevertheless, I tried to create a small sample derived from your formulas.

<b></b><table cellpadding="2.5px" rules="all" style=";background-color: rgb(255,255,255);border: 1px solid;border-collapse: collapse; border-color: rgb(187,187,187)"><colgroup><col width="25px" style="background-color: rgb(218,231,245)" /><col /><col /><col /><col /><col /><col /><col /><col /><col /><col /><col /></colgroup><thead><tr style=" background-color: rgb(218,231,245);text-align: center;color: rgb(22,17,32)"><th></th><th>A</th><th>B</th><th>C</th><th>D</th><th>E</th><th>F</th><th>Z</th><th>AH</th><th>AI</th><th>AN</th><th>AQ</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">1</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">2</td><td style=";">Mon</td><td style="text-align: right;;">2</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">Most Common</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">SpecificText</td><td style=";">Pants</td><td style=";">Mon</td><td style=";">x</td><td style=";">AlternateText</td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">3</td><td style=";">Tue</td><td style="text-align: right;;">3</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">Shoes</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">SpecificText</td><td style=";">Shirts</td><td style=";">Mon</td><td style=";">x</td><td style=";">AlternateText</td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">4</td><td style=";">Wed</td><td style="text-align: right;;">2</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">SpecificText</td><td style=";">Pants</td><td style=";">Mon</td><td style=";">x</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">5</td><td style=";">Thur</td><td style="text-align: right;;">1</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">SpecificText</td><td style=";">Pants</td><td style=";">Tue</td><td style=";">x</td><td style=";">AlternateText</td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">6</td><td style=";">Fri</td><td style="text-align: right;;">3</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">SpecificText</td><td style=";">Shoes</td><td style=";">Tue</td><td style=";">x</td><td style=";">AlternateText</td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">7</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">Shoes</td><td style=";">Tue</td><td style=";">x</td><td style=";">AlternateText</td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">8</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">Belts</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">x</td><td style=";">AlternateText</td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">9</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">x</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">SpecificText</td><td style=";">Shoes</td><td style=";">Tue</td><td style=";">x</td><td style=";">AlternateText</td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">10</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">SpecificText</td><td style=";">Shoes</td><td style=";">Wed</td><td style=";">x</td><td style=";">AlternateText</td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">11</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">SpecificText</td><td style=";">Shirts</td><td style=";">Wed</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">AlternateText</td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">12</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">SpecificText</td><td style=";">Shoes</td><td style=";">Wed</td><td style=";">x</td><td style=";">AlternateText</td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">13</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">SpecificText</td><td style=";">Pants</td><td style=";">Wed</td><td style=";">x</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">14</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">SpecificText</td><td style=";">Belts</td><td style=";">Thur</td><td style=";">x</td><td style=";">AlternateText</td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">15</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">SpecificText</td><td style=";">Pants</td><td style=";">Fri</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">AlternateText</td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">16</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">SpecificText</td><td style=";">Pants</td><td style=";">Fri</td><td style=";">x</td><td style=";">AlternateText</td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">17</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">SpecificText</td><td style=";">Shirts</td><td style=";">Fri</td><td style=";">x</td><td style=";">AlternateText</td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">18</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">Pants</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">x</td><td style=";">AlternateText</td></tr><tr ><td style="color: rgb(22,17,32);text-align: center;">19</td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style="text-align: right;;"></td><td style=";">SpecificText</td><td style=";">Shoes</td><td style=";">Fri</td><td style=";">x</td><td style=";">AlternateText</td></tr></tbody></table><p style="width:3.2em;font-weight:bold;margin:0;padding:0.2em 0.6em 0.2em 0.5em;border: 1px solid rgb(187,187,187);border-top:none;text-align: center;background-color: rgb(218,231,245);color: rgb(22,17,32)">Data</p><br /><br /><table width="85%" cellpadding="2.5px" rules="all" style=";border: 2px solid black;border-collapse:collapse;padding: 0.4em;background-color: rgb(255,255,255)" ><tr><td style="padding:6px" ><b>Array Formulas</b><table cellpadding="2.5px" width="100%" rules="all" style="border: 1px solid;text-align:center;background-color: rgb(255,255,255);border-collapse: collapse; border-color: rgb(187,187,187)"><thead><tr style=" background-color: rgb(218,231,245);color: rgb(22,17,32)"><th width="10px">Cell</th><th style="text-align:left;padding-left:5px;">Formula</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><th width="10px" style=" background-color: rgb(218,231,245);color: rgb(22,17,32)">D3</th><td style="text-align:left">{=INDEX(<font color="Blue">Data!\$AH\$2:\$AH\$1000,MODE(<font color="Red">IF(<font color="Green">ISNUMBER(<font color="Purple">MATCH(<font color="Teal">Data!\$AI\$2:\$AI\$1000,{"Mon","Tue","Wed","Thur","Fri"},0</font>)</font>),IF(<font color="Purple">\$Z\$2:\$Z\$1000="SpecificText",IF(<font color="Teal">\$AQ\$2:\$AQ\$1000="AlternateText",IF(<font color="#FF00FF">\$AN\$2:\$AN\$1000=B9,IFERROR(<font color="Navy">MATCH(<font color="Blue">\$AH\$2:\$AH\$1000,\$AH\$2:\$AH\$1000,0</font>),""</font>)</font>)</font>)</font>)</font>)</font>)</font>)}</td></tr></tbody></table><b>Entered with Ctrl+Shift+Enter.</b> If entered correctly, Excel will surround with curly braces {}.
<b>Note: Do not try and enter the {} manually yourself</b></td></tr></table><br />

If this is close, then you can use the D3 formula to find the most common item type. You'll need to adjust the formula for your sheets.

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Thanks, Eric. I will play around with this over the next day or so and post back with real world data/progress.