To count rows that contain specific values, you can use an array formula based on the MMULT, TRANSPOSE, COLUMN, and SUM functions. In the example shown, the formula in K6 is:


where data is the named range C5:I14.

Note this is an array formula and must be entered with control shift enter.

Generic formula



Working from the inside out, the logical criteria used in this formula is:


where data is the named range C5:I14. This generates a TRUE / FALSE result for every value in data, and the double negative coerces the TRUE FALSE values to 1 and 0 to yield an array like this:


Like the original data, this array is 10 rows by 7 columns (10 x 7) and goes into the MMULT function as array1. The next argument, array2 is created with:


Here, the COLUMN function is used as a way to generate a numeric array of the right size, since matrix multiplication requires the column count in array1 (7) to equal the row count in array2.

The COLUMN function returns the 7-column array {3,4,5,6,7,8,9}. By raising this array to a power of zero, we end up with a 7 x 1 array like {1,1,1,1,1,1,1}, which TRANSPOSE changes to a 1 x 7 array like {1;1;1;1;1;1;1}.

MMULT then runs and returns a 10 x 1 array result {2;0;0;3;0;0;0;1;0;0}, which is processed with the logical expression >=2, resulting in an array of TRUE FALSE values:


We again coerce TRUE FALSE to 1 and 0 with a double negative to get a final array inside SUM:


Which correctly returns 2, the number of names with at least 2 scores below 70.

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