Countif containing specific text
Hello!
I am trying to count to see how often a specific word, in this case a person's name, appears in a range of text. I've looked over similar questions and have started a formula, but I end up with an #INVALID OPERATION error.
My formula is
=COUNTIF({January Range}, FIND("Cassie", @cell, > 0))
I've also tried
=COUNTIF({January Range}, FIND("Cassie", @cell > 0))
Which instead gives me #INVALID DATA TYPE error.
Thank you for any help with this!
Best Answer

It is just a misplaced parenthesis.
Here's the logic...
FIND produces a numerical value. So to compare that to a number (such as greater than zero), you would close the FIND function THEN put in your greater than zero portion. So...
Close the FIND
FIND("Cassie", @cell)
Then make your comparison
FIND("Cassie", @cell) > 0
And now the solution
Then use that as your criteria.
=COUNTIFS({January Range}, FIND("Cassie", @cell) > 0)
Answers

It is just a misplaced parenthesis.
Here's the logic...
FIND produces a numerical value. So to compare that to a number (such as greater than zero), you would close the FIND function THEN put in your greater than zero portion. So...
Close the FIND
FIND("Cassie", @cell)
Then make your comparison
FIND("Cassie", @cell) > 0
And now the solution
Then use that as your criteria.
=COUNTIFS({January Range}, FIND("Cassie", @cell) > 0)

Wow, I can't believe it was something so small. Thank you so much for finding that for me, that worked out!

Happy to help! 👍️

Is it possible to build off this formula to exclude a value if another criteria is met? In my example, I'm trying to calculate the number of tasks assigned to a team member (I have that part down using the formula above), and exclude any tasks that are complete (here's where I'm struggling). In my sheet, I have a column that uses RGYG balls to denote the status, where grey signifies complete. How do I tack on to my original formula so that I can exclude any completed tasks?

If this is your original formula...
=COUNTIFS({Other Sheet Name Range}, FIND("Name", @cell) > 0)
Then the BOLD portion below would be what the additional criteria would follow.
=COUNTIFS({Other Sheet Name Range}, FIND("Name", @cell) > 0, {Other Sheet RYGG Column}, @cell <> "Grey")

Worked like a charm  thank you!

Happy to help! 👍️

OMG Thank you so much that saved my formula!!!!!

I'm having a similar issue. My condition is that if the status column = "Active", I want to find "AWS" under the area column. I get #invalid operation
=COUNTIFS({IT Ops Project Portfolio Range 12}, "Active", FIND("AWS", @cell) > 0)
With this, I get #invalid data type
=COUNTIFS({IT Ops Project Portfolio Range 12}, "Active", FIND({IT Ops Project Portfolio Range 15}, "AWS"))
What am I doing wrong?

@mmoulton Try this:
=COUNTIFS({IT Ops Project Portfolio Range 12}, "Active", {IT Ops Project Portfolio Range 15}, FIND("AWS", @cell) > 0)

In the original example, the user searches for specific text ("Cassie"). Is there a way to replace that with a reference? For example, what if I wanted to COUNTIF the Program@row appeared in a text string somewhere else? Is that possible? We have hundreds of these and they change with some regularity, so it's impractical to enter the actual numbers into the formula.

@Greg DiNardo You would replace "Specific Text" with Program@row.

Hi Paul! Thanks  that knows to check if the text string includes the value in that cell rather than matches it exactly?


How do I adjust the FIND function to find an exact match within those parentheses? For example, in the FIND("Services",@cell)>0, I have cells that contain "Managed Services" and "Cloud Services" as well as just "Services". How do I adjust the FIND portion of my formula to only render a count for only "Services" alone (not that includes Managed Services or Cloud Services) and not include anything else in the count?
Thanks in advance!
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