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    Average calculation of numbers with special characters

    Hi All...

    Wonder if someone could help me with this excel formula. I am trying to calculate the average for the values in two cells with numbers and special characters. The formula i am using is.

    =SUMPRODUCT((SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(D6:E9,"▼",""),"▲","")*1))/COUNTA(D6:E9)

    it is coming up with #VALUE ERROR. And i can't get my head around. May be i am going through the thinking cramp in my head. Your help is much appreciated. I have also attached a sample file for you guys to have a look. Thanks in advance.
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    Re: Average calculation of numbers with special characters

    This formula will not work on your spreadsheet. You have to remove merged cells and cells with data should be one under the other without empty rows in between.
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    Re: Average calculation of numbers with special characters

    Thanks AlKey for pointing out the mistake i was making...much appreciated.

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    Re: Average calculation of numbers with special characters

    Why the need to merge cells? merged cells cause more problems than anything!!

    If you put those 2 "values" in F6:F7, ,then use that same formula, you get an answer of 8.625
    F6=10.00 ▲
    F7=7.25 ▼
    F8=8.625
    F8=SUMPRODUCT((SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(F6:F7,"▼",""),"▲","")*1))/COUNTA(F6:F7)
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    Re: Average calculation of numbers with special characters

    You can also use this formula for Average

    =AVERAGE(VALUE(LEFT(F6:F7,LEN(F6:F7)-2)))

    This must entered as an array formula with Ctrl+Shift+Enter

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    10.00 ▲
    =AVERAGE(VALUE(LEFT(F6:F7,LEN(F6:F7)-2)))
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    7.25 ▼
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    8.63
    <---- in F8
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    Re: Average calculation of numbers with special characters

    The others make practical comments but if you need to keep the blank rows and cannot split the number then you will need a formula of the following sort
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