# Excel/formula syntax

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QUESTION: Hi Tom
I would like to average a range according to the following criteria
BA7 is “7”
A1:A1500 is “7”
And
The number of cells in column N1:N1500 that are not empty.  However all of the cells in range N1:N1500 contain formulas.  I only want to average the cells for which the formula produces a number or text string.

Could explain how I might achieve this, please?

This is my unsuccessful formula:
=IF(BA\$7=7,AVERAGEIFS(\$T\$1:\$T\$1500,\$A\$1:\$A\$1500,7,N1:N1500,<>"")

Chris

I would try this

=IF(BA\$7=7,SUMPRODUCT(--(\$T\$1:\$T\$1500),--(\$A\$1:\$A\$1500=7),--(LEN(TRIM(N1:N1500))>0)))

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Regards,
Tom Ogilvy

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QUESTION: Hi Tom

The formula seems to produce a "value" error.  If I send a very small workbook to you, could you test the formula for me?

Chris

Christopher Mitchell,

that would occur if T1:T1500 had cells that were to be averaged that were not numbers.

In any event, I was rushing to get to a meeting and only gave you the numerator.  The whole formula would be (adjusted to only accept numeric entries in T

=IF(BA\$7=7,SUMPRODUCT(IFERROR(--\$T\$1:\$T\$1500,0),--(\$A\$1:\$A\$1500=7),--(LEN(TRIM(N1:N1500))>0))/SUMPRODUCT(--(\$A\$1:\$A\$1500=7),--(LEN(TRIM(N1:N1500))>0)))

but now it must be entered with Ctrl+Shift+Enter

If you want to send me a file, you can but I won't be able to see it for 6 or 7 more hours.

twogilvy@msn.com

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Regards,
Tom Ogilvy

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#### Tom Ogilvy

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