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Hi, probably a very easy one here, im looking to count the unique number of values within a single cell string which are separated by commas


Cell A1 contains: 1,2,3A33,444,2,1,16

The resulting formula would give a count of 5 unique value within cell A1 as values '2' and '1' are repeated twice within the cell and would therefore be excluded.

Any help would be most appreciated, thank you!

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Thanks to this forum, I've learned a neat CSE formula that calculates the number of unique values in a list, namely:







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Now, I'm looking to tweak this formula to count the number of unique values that occur at least 3 times.

So, imagine that A1:A50 contain 50 last names from the phone book, 27 of which are unique according to the formula above.

Now, further imagine that only 5 of these unique 27 last names appear at least 3 times.

I'm looking for the formula that returns 5.

And (like always), for simplicity and sharing reasons, I'm hoping to find a single formula that occupies a single cell, and does not rely on additional columns of intermediate information.

Thanks for your input!!


Sorry if that's a bit long winded...

Here's how it breaks down.

If I have, in one cell (call it D1):


and in a lookup table on another sheet:
1 ED T
2 EH F
3 DR G
4 HU H
5 SE E
6 YU E

I need to be able to lookup the values in D1 on the table and return the values in column B to a single cell (say E1), also comma separated...



Does that make sense or should I resubmit?

I've tried a few different ways but can't come up with anything...

There's more to the project, but this bit will help me get it off the ground and hopefully I'll be able to string the rest together.

Cheers guys! Great forum!

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A1 T2_T2_T2_T2_
A2 T3_T3_T3SE B_T3SE B_
A3 T3_T3_T3SE B_T3SE B_
A4 T3_T3_T3SE B_T3SE B_
A5 T3_T3_T3SE B_T3SE B_
A6 T3_T3_T3SE B_T3SE B_
A7 T3_T3_T3SE B_T3SE B_
A8 T3_T3_T3SE B_T3SE B_
A9 T3_T3_T3SE B_T3SE B_
A10 T3_T3_T3SE B_T3SE B_
A11 T3_T3_T3SE B_T3SE B_
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A13 T3_T3_T3SE B_T3SE B_
A14 T3_T3_T3SE B_T3SE B_
A15 T3_T2_T2_T3

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Note that the values include both numbers and text. Ideally, the solution could be implemented in a formula contained within a single cell.

Here is an example of the data and solution


Solution = 4


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If I have a single cell containing a list of values seperated by a comma (ie a csv list in a cell), how do I count the number of values. I figure it must be by counting the commas somehow and then adding one as the last doesn't have it, but there is no way to tell how many there will be.

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18911, 18801, 18825, 18482, 18941

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Does anyone have any ideas?


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2 3
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6 8
5 10

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I have a table with a cost assigned to each of these initials (my lookup array):

RY 200
AH 200
NR 400

I would like to perform a vlookup off the cell containing the comma separated values to generate an output such as 200, 200, 400.

I would also like the function to be flexible enough to provide outputs based on any given number of inputs in the cell such as
RY, AH, NR, WG or

Thank you so much for anyone's help on this!

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Column B (PO Number)
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1 (unique number for 219)
1 (unique number for 219)
2 (unique number for 220)
2 (unique number for 220)
3 (unique number for 221)
4 (unique number for 222)
4 (unique number for 222)

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B3: 456

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I am trying to count the unique values that are greater than 30 in the range A1:A5. The values a


The answer should be 2 because 45 and 90 would be counted.

I have successfully created a few solutions with a Pivot Table and Advanced Fliter, but when I try to do one Array formula in one cell, I have no luck.

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06 18 23 28 32 5

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I am trying to create an array formula:

I have account numbers in column A and values in column B (The 1 could represent any number)

102 0
102 0
103 1
103 1
104 0
104 0
104 1

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as I am using 2 account numbers

I have 2 formulas to count the number of unique values


and an array formula


both return the number of unique value in column A which in this case is 3

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I wrote some script to calculate how many commas are in these last two columns. I stored this number in a variable named 'commas' as such.

Lastcell = Cells(Rows.Count, "O").End(xlUp).Row
For i = Lastcell To 1 Step -1
If (Cells(i, "O").Value) "" And Rows(i).EntireRow.Hidden = False_ Then
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