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is it possible to use countif with a cell ref and wildcards?

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    is it possible to use countif with a cell ref and wildcards?

    Is it possible to count the number of times a value appears in a range using a cell ref as the criteria, but the value will only be part of a string in the cells in the range?

    in other words:

    range values:
    A , B
    "1 v 2" , "11 v 1"
    "3 v 4" , "12 v 3"
    "1 v 3" , "1 v 13"
    "2 v 4" , "12 v 11"

    I want to count how many times "1" appears in the range? And 2, and 3, etc... so I can generate a list like this:

    C,D
    1,4
    2,2
    3,3
    4,2
    11,2
    12,2
    13,1

    Experimenting, I came up with a very non-elegant solution that kinda works, but I'm hoping there's a better way:

    C,D
    1,=countif($A$1:$B$4,"1 v*")+countif($A$1:$B$4,"*v 1")
    2,=countif($A$1:$B$4,"2 v*")+countif($A$1:$B$4,"*v 2")

    and so on...

    I'd prefer to have something more like:

    1 =countif(<range>,"<the part I can't figure out with wildcards>" & C1)

    in other words, how do I say, "count if the value of my reference cell is contained within the text of a cell in the range" ??

    I have both 2003 and 2007 available. Not sure if this is possible, but I'd appreciate the help!

    TIA

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    Re: is it possible to use countif with a cell ref and wildcards?

    If you're looking to opt in favour of elegance over efficiency then SUMPRODUCT may be more useful, eg:

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    Re: is it possible to use countif with a cell ref and wildcards?

    I think you may need 2 COUNTIFs but you can add the cell reference like this

    =COUNTIF($A$1:$B$4,C1&" v*")+COUNTIF($A$1:$B$4,"*v "&C1)

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