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    Hi all.

    I have to create a spreadsheet for a course I am on. The task I need to do is all about data analysis. I work at a youth club so am going to analyse our members ( this was the only thing me and my assessor could think of)
    My spreadsheet contains:
    First and Last names of all members
    their date of birth and current age
    Their ethnicity
    what area they come from
    What school they attend.

    So Far I have made pie charts with percentages of kids from different schools, I have created bar charts for the age ranges. Filtered and sorted the data and used a few COUNTIF formula to determine how many kids there are in each age range.

    I don't use Excel that often so was looking for recommendations of any formulas I can use to gain a better insight into the data
    Ive heard of all these Pivot Tables and Vlookup but don't really know how to use them or if I can use them for this info.

    Any help appreciated
    Thank You

    Abbylea

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    Re: Formulas to make my spreadsheet better

    You should look up (online) and try using:

    VLOOKUP/HLOOKUP
    INDEX MATCH
    COUNTIFS
    SUMIFS

    For what you want to do, based on what you have said, these should just about do it. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AliGW View Post
    You should look up (online) and try using:

    VLOOKUP/HLOOKUP
    INDEX MATCH
    COUNTIFS
    SUMIFS

    For what you want to do, based on what you have said, these should just about do it. Good luck!
    Will do
    Thanks for your help

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    Re: Formulas to make my spreadsheet better

    Also, make sure that your raw data is laid out in a way that makes it easy to analyze.

    This means to have one row for headers (usually row 1) and the data going downwards.

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    Re: Formulas to make my spreadsheet better

    Assuming you have data in flat table structure as recommended by 63falcondude.

    I'd also recommend utilizing PivotTables and Pivot Chart along with slicers to connect multiple pivot tables & charts.

    Using those, you can do away with most formulas used to summarize data and create dashboard quickly.

    My two cents on Pie chart... unless you have 5 category or less and there is no need for comparison over time, don't use them, it's usually better to use horizontal bar chart, water fall chart, panel chart etc.

    Also avoid use of 3d charts, they add no meaning to data and detracts from what's being presented.
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    Cool Re: Formulas to make my spreadsheet better

    Maybe it will help a little:
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