Question: In Microsoft Excel 2003/XP/2000/97, I have a spreadsheet that contains the winning numbers for a lottery. I'd like to count the number of times a pair of numbers occurs in the various draws. How can I do this?
Answer: This can be done using VBA code to generate the matched pair counts and then the VLOOKUP function to move the results into a matrix.
Let's look at an example.
Download Excel spreadsheet (as demonstrated below)
In this example spreadsheet, we have a sheet called "Draw Data" that contains the winning numbers for several draws. On this sheet is a button called "Update Pair Stats" that calls a macro called UpdatePairStats.
When the macro runs, it will populate a sheet called "PairStats" with the matched pair counts as follows:
When the macro has completed, the following message box will appear:
On the sheet called Pairs, you will see that the matrix has been filled in with the matched pair counts (based on a VLOOKUP formula).
The matrix uses the following formula (cell C2 contains the following formula):
=IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP(Pairs!$A2 & "." &Pairs!C$1,PairStats!$A:$D,4,FALSE)),"",VLOOKUP(Pairs!$A2 & "." &Pairs!C$1,PairStats!$A:$D,4,FALSE))
What this formula does is perform a VLOOKUP for the concatenated numbers (separated with a "."). If no match is found, it returns an empty string ("").
You can press Alt-F11 to view the VBA code.
The macro code looks like this: (and is found in Module1)
Sub UpdatePairStats() Dim LRange As Variant Dim LRows As Long Dim LCols As Long Dim C As New Collection Dim LItem As Long Dim LDesc As String Dim Counts(10000, 4) As String Dim i As Long, j As Long, k As Long On Error Resume Next 'Select sheet where data resides Sheets("Draw Data").Select 'Data range (where draw information resides) LRange = Range("C2:H1151") LRows = UBound(LRange, 1) LCols = UBound(LRange, 2) 'Loop through each row in LRange (find pairs) For i = 1 To LRows 'j and k create the pairs For j = 1 To LCols - 1 For k = j + 1 To LCols 'Separate pairs with a "." character (smaller number first) If LRange(i, j) < LRange(i, k) Then LDesc = LRange(i, j) & "." & LRange(i, k) Else LDesc = LRange(i, k) & "." & LRange(i, j) End If 'Add new item to collection ("on error resume next" is 'required above in this procedure because of this line of code) C.Add C.Count + 1, LDesc 'Retrieve indexnumber of new item LItem = C(LDesc) 'Add pair information to new item If Counts(LItem, 0) = "" Then Counts(LItem, 0) = LDesc Counts(LItem, 1) = LRange(i, j) Counts(LItem, 2) = LRange(i, k) End If 'Increment stats counter If Counts(LItem, 3) = "" Then Counts(LItem, 3) = "1" Else Counts(LItem, 3) = CStr(CInt(Counts(LItem, 3)) + 1) End If Next k Next j Next i 'Paste pairs onto sheet called PairStats Sheets("PairStats").Select Cells.Select Selection.Clear Cells(1, 1).Resize(C.Count, 4) = Counts 'Format headings Range("A1").FormulaR1C1 = "'Number1.Number2" Range("B1").FormulaR1C1 = "'Number1" Range("C1").FormulaR1C1 = "'Number2"Range("D1").FormulaR1C1 = "'Occurrences" Range("A1:D1").Select Selection.Font.Bold = True Selection.Font.Underline = xlUnderlineStyleSingle Columns("A:D").EntireColumn.AutoFit Range("F1").Select Range("F1").FormulaR1C1 = "Last Updated on " & Now() Sheets("Pairs").Select MsgBox "Pair statistics have been updated." End Sub
Please note that you will have to customize the LRange variable to match the number of rows and columns for your data.