This website uses Cookies. Click Accept to agree to our website's cookie use as described in our Privacy Policy. Click Preferences to customize your cookie settings.

Turn on suggestions

Auto-suggest helps you quickly narrow down your search results by suggesting possible matches as you type.

Showing results for

- Airtable Community
- Discussions
- Ask A Question
- Formulas
- How to count number of times a word comes up acros...

Topic Options

- Subscribe to RSS Feed
- Mark Topic as New
- Mark Topic as Read
- Float this Topic for Current User
- Bookmark
- Subscribe
- Mute
- Printer Friendly Page

Topic Labels:
Formulas

Solved

Jump to Solution

0
1457
5

Auto-suggest helps you quickly narrow down your search results by suggesting possible matches as you type.

Showing results for

Comment Post Options

- Mark as New
- Bookmark
- Subscribe
- Subscribe to RSS Feed
- Permalink
- Report Inappropriate Content

Aug 27, 2020 03:42 AM

We have a weird way of keeping track how many interviews our interviewers have done.

I would like to know how to count the number of times “1” comes up in each cell across all columns from Jan 2020 - August 2020. So in my simple way of formulating it would be something that translates the following

(number of times “1” comes up in Jan2020) + (number of times “1” comes up in Feb2020) + (number of times “1” comes up in March2020) + (…etc etc).

You can access a view example here: https://airtable.com/shrVjcpeWwW1jC51n

Let me know if something is not clear! Hope somebody has some ideas or an answer :slightly_smiling_face:

Thanks in advance.

Solved! Go to Solution.

1 Solution

Accepted Solutions

Solved
See Solution in Thread

- Mark as New
- Bookmark
- Subscribe
- Subscribe to RSS Feed
- Permalink
- Report Inappropriate Content

Aug 28, 2020 07:19 AM

You can use a bit more complicated formula to count if a string occurs multiple times:

```
LEN({January 2020}) - LEN(SUBSTITUTE({January 2020}, "1", "")) +
LEN({February 2020}) - LEN(SUBSTITUTE({February 2020}, "1", "")) +
LEN({March 2020}) - LEN(SUBSTITUTE({March 2020}, "1", "")) +
...
```

Reply

5 Replies 5

- Mark as New
- Bookmark
- Subscribe
- Subscribe to RSS Feed
- Permalink
- Report Inappropriate Content

Aug 27, 2020 02:14 PM

Maybe a search can help? (for a temporary view and nr…)

- Mark as New
- Bookmark
- Subscribe
- Subscribe to RSS Feed
- Permalink
- Report Inappropriate Content

Aug 27, 2020 08:00 PM

Does each search string appear a maximum of once per cell? If so, you could have a formula that searches each cell in the row and adds up the number of times it appears.

```
IF(FIND("1", {January 2020}) +
IF(FIND("1", {February 2020}) +
IF(FIND("1", {March 2020}) +
IF(FIND("1", {April 2020}) +
IF(FIND("1", {May 2020}) +
IF(FIND("1", {June 2020}) +
IF(FIND("1", {July 2020}) +
IF(FIND("1", {August 2020})
```

You can then use the summary bar to find the sum of the column of the formula field.

It looks like you are using Airtable like a spreadsheet, and Airtable can do many spreadsheet-like things. If your base design works for you, by all means use it. However, if you find yourself ready to change your base design, I suggest you look into the concept of “normalizing your data” for a database. You may find that analyzing your data becomes easier if you normalize your data. This support article might give you some ideas.

Reply

- Mark as New
- Bookmark
- Subscribe
- Subscribe to RSS Feed
- Permalink
- Report Inappropriate Content

Aug 28, 2020 12:58 AM

Hi @kuovonne,

Thank you for response, unfortunately there is places that it comes up twice.

I totally agree the rest of our data base is normalized, but unfortunately I am not allowed to adjust this one.

Is there any way of counting it if a “1” comes up more than once?

Thanks for everyone efforts!

Solved
See Solution in Thread

- Mark as New
- Bookmark
- Subscribe
- Subscribe to RSS Feed
- Permalink
- Report Inappropriate Content

Aug 28, 2020 07:19 AM

You can use a bit more complicated formula to count if a string occurs multiple times:

```
LEN({January 2020}) - LEN(SUBSTITUTE({January 2020}, "1", "")) +
LEN({February 2020}) - LEN(SUBSTITUTE({February 2020}, "1", "")) +
LEN({March 2020}) - LEN(SUBSTITUTE({March 2020}, "1", "")) +
...
```

Reply

- Mark as New
- Bookmark
- Subscribe
- Subscribe to RSS Feed
- Permalink
- Report Inappropriate Content

Aug 28, 2020 07:33 AM

You are amazing thank you!