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    help finding patterns in columns?

    I have coded activities as 1, 2, 3 etc.
    I am trying to find how often a person completes a "1" activity before a "3" activity. I'd like to identify where these patterns are on the spreadsheet and get a total count of how many times it happens.


    I have attached a sample spreadsheet.

    Is there an easy way to do this? I don't really understand macros (but from what I've gathered they may be my answer) but am willing to try to learn if there is any reading material that is somewhat basic/doesn't require extensive knowledge to understand?

    thank you!
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    Re: help finding patterns in columns?

    This formula will tell you how many times the sequence 1-3 occurs in your list.

    =COUNTIFS(B3:B19,1,B4:B20,3)
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    Re: help finding patterns in columns?

    Hi Jeff, thank you for responding but I don't think this works. When I use this formula it returns the value 0 even though I can clearly see that the 1-3 sequence is occurring.


    edit: I apologize. it works when I type it manually.
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