Random Number - Generate sample from the raw data

Hey Smart-Heads!

Desired goal is to be able to extract only 20% of the rows meeting specific criteria.

As far as I know SS, does not have RANDOM formula, neither allows to write 1-2-3-4-5, double click and have the same all the way down.

Any ideas / topics (from the past?), to solve this issue?


Thanks,

Romano

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  • Mr. Chris
    Mr. Chris ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited 02/07/24 Answer ✓

    Hi @Romano el Polako

    I was able to achieve the 1 2 3 4 5 repeated all the way down by experimenting with an "Auto Number" column.

    This column simply counts all the rows in your sheet.

    Using this formula in a new column =MOD([Auto Number]@row - 1, 5) + 1

    Like so:

    You can modify the MOD formula if you want seemingly random numbers as well.

    Hope this helps!

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