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How to count unique values based on another column in Excel?

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It may be common for us to count unique values in only one column, but, in this article, I will talk about how to count unique values based on another column. For example, I have the following two columns data, now, I need count the unique names in column B based on the content of column A to get the following result:

Count unique values based on another column with array formula


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To solve this problem, the following formula can help you, please do as follows:

1. Enter this formula: =SUMPRODUCT((($A$2:$A$18=D2))/COUNTIFS($A$2:$A$18,$A$2:$A$18&"",$B$2:$B$18,$B$2:$B$18&"")) into a blank cell where you want to put the result, E2, for instance. And then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together to get the correct result, see screenshot:

doc count unique by criteria 2

Note: In the above formula: A2:A18 is the column data that you count the unique values based on, B2:B18 is the column that you want to count the unique values, D2 contains the criteria that you count unique based on.

2. Then drag the fill handle down to get the unique values of the corresponding criteria. See screenshot:

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How to count the number of unique values in a range in Excel?

How to count unique values in a filtered column in Excel?

How to count same or duplicate values only once in a column?


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I can't believe the array formula worked.
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That worked like a beauty
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Hi - this formula worked great for a discrete set of data. When I tried to use it with a dynamic range, it did not function properly. Any idea what's going wrong?
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did you try COUNTIFS?
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This works great, but what if you need to add a 3rd column of criteria and what if some cells have blanks and you don't want to count the blanks?
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Didn't work
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Nevermind it did
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OMG.... I have been searching for over a week for a formula that came close to helping me do a distinct count of one column based on another column.... YOURS FINALLY HELPED ;0) I am so happy!!!!!! Now I just need this formula that you posted to do the same thing but based on 2 column instead of one. I am going to try on my own but do you think you can help?
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Hello, EB, To count the unique values based on two columns, please apply the below formula, after entering the formula, please press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together to get the correct result.=SUM(IFERROR(($A$2:$A$15=E2)*($B$2:$B$15=F2)/COUNTIFS($C$2:$C$15,$C$2:$C$15,$A$2:$A$15,E2,$B$2:$B$15,F2),0))
Please try, hope it can help you!
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WOAH, you're a savior, thank you for sharing
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Worked like a charm. Very much greatful to you.
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Does anyone know what the ampersand-quotes (" &"" ") in the Criteria 1 and 2 portion of the COUNTIFS formula is doing? This formula worked for me I was just hoping to understand it better.
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I would need to do something similar but with dates: on a sheet in which the dates are indicated in the first column, many repeated, I would like to know how many different dates there are that meet a certain condition that appears in another column. I am applying that formula but it gives me an error. Could you help me? Thanks.
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Thank you very much for this but how does it work with a large data set. I realised it returns #N/A when the data is beyond row 78
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Is there a way to do this but not count a blank cell as a value?
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Hello, MB
To count the unqiue values with criteria and skip the blank cell, you should apply the below array formula:
=SUM(--(FREQUENCY(IF($B$2:$B$15<>"",IF($A$2:$A$15=D2,MATCH($B$2:$B$15,$B$2:$B$15,0))),ROW($B$2:$B$15)-ROW(B2)+1)>0))


After pasting the fromula, please press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together.

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Please try, hope it can help you!
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