## Excel Formula: Find most frequent text

If you want to find the text which occurs most frequently in a range of cells, you can combine the INDEX, MODE and MATCH functions together to deal with this task in Excel.

Generic formula:

 =INDEX(rng,MODE(MATCH(rng,rng,0)))

Arguments

 Rng:the range of cells you want to find the most frequent text in.

Return value

This formula returns the most frequent text.

How this formula work

Here taking an instance, find the most frequent texts in each column of range C3:F7. Please use below formula:

 =INDEX(C3:C7,MODE(MATCH(C3:C7,C3:C7,0)))

Press Enter keys, then drag fill handle to fill cells for getting most frequent texts in each column.

Explanation

MATCH(C3:C7,C3:C7,0): the MATCH function returns the location of the lookup_value in a row or column. Here the formula returns the array result which find the position of each text in range C3:C7, {1;2;1;4;5}.

MODE(MATCH(C3:C7,C3:C7,0)): MODE function finds the most frequent text in a range. Here this formula will find the most frequent number in the array result {1;2;1;4;5} of MATCH function and returns 1.

INDEXfunction: the INDEX function returns the value in a table or array based on the given location. Here the formula =INDEX(C3:C7,MODE(MATCH(C3:C7,C3:C7,0))) will be shrunk to INDEX(C3:C7,1) and returns Apple.

Remark

If there are two or more most frequent texts, the formula will return the value which appear at first.

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