# Simple statistics: counting compound things

While countif() can count the number of times a specific thing appears in a set of cells, countifs() counts the number of times a corresponding set of things appears in a corresponding set of locations.

For example, countif() could count the number of times a certain person taught a class, and it could count the number of times a certain type of class was taught, but it couldn’t count the number of times a certain person taught a certain type of class. However, countifs() can.
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# Simple statistics: counting specific things

If you want to count something specific – say, the number of “Yes” entries – then the function you want is countif().

Countif() is, without a doubt, my favorite counting function. I honestly didn’t even know the others existed, or what they did, until I started researching for this series of posts. Continue reading Simple statistics: counting specific things

# Simple statistics: counting blanks

The countblank() function does what you might expect — it counts the number of blank cells in a group that you specify. The group can consist of more than one range, such as countblank(a1:b3,a5:b7). Continue reading Simple statistics: counting blanks

# Simple statistics: counting entries

The counta() functions will tell you how many non-blank entries are in a group of cells.

I actually had an occasion to use counta() earlier this week. I had a sort of to-do list in one column, and notes about how I’d addressed each one in another column. The thing is, to-do lists tend to grow, so counta() was perfect for telling me how many items were currently in the list. Continue reading Simple statistics: counting entries