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How to calculate frequency of lottery numbers?
Are you kidding? She will need me to tell her what to buy! http://www.airstreamcomm.net/~mike/lmao.gif Well, let's not start counting my money before I win it. The PowerBall drawing is tonight, and I already bought a few tickets with numbers based on my Excel strategy. "Don Guillett" wrote: Then, she won't need you.  Don Guillett Microsoft MVP Excel SalesAid Software "Xray_Man" wrote in message news Absolutely! My wife will get HALF of my winnings! "Don Guillett" wrote: Don't forget to share.  Don Guillett Microsoft MVP Excel SalesAid Software "Xray_Man" wrote in message ... success!!!!! I now have the frequency spectrum chart that I was looking for! Here's how I did it.... I downloaded the previous 100 PowerBall games from the PowerBall web site. I plugged all the white ball drawings into the following arrays: The first number of the 5 drawn balls went into array A1:A100, then second number went into B1:B100, etc. I then manually entered the numbers 1 through 59 (the range of numbers for the white balls) into array K1:K59. I then selected a blank array M1:M59 which will hold the results of the calculation. I then executed the Frequency function: Frequency(A1:E100,K1:K59). I then plotted the results using one of the Excel bar chart functions. Now I'm on the road to RICHES!!!! LOL Many thanks to everyone who contributed. Mike "Xray_Man" wrote: Thanks again, Steve! I'll give that a try. Because I'm new to Excel, it may be a bit of a struggle, but it's a program that I've been wanting to learn for quite some time, and this seems like a good practice project that will get my feet wet! Later.... Mike "AltaEgo" wrote: OK, I understand the problem. My view is that charting is overly complex. However, this does not mean you cannot see the result graphically. An alternatives to charting: 1) To the right of you raw data, create an array that counts the number of times each number appears each week (i.e. so it shows 1 or 0). 2) Set the spreadsheet to not show zero values 3) Conditional format the area to highlight cells with a value = 1 How to: Set up you spreadsheet so it has a single row above your data Set up your numbers 159 across row 1 of the spreadsheet. Starting at column K1, enter 1, at L1, enter 2, etc. up to BQ which will have the value 59. In K2, enter the formula "=COUNTIF($A2:$E2,K$1) Copy this so it appears in all cells from K2 to BQ101. Instructions below relate to Excel 2003: To suppress zero values A) Select Menu 'Tools', Command 'Options', Tab 'View' B) Under 'Window options' uncheck 'Zero values' XL2007 http://office.microsoft.com/enus/ex...CH100793441033 To conditionally format A) Select the whole range of your counts (K2 to BQ101) B) Select Menu 'Format', Command 'Conditional formatting...' C) Leave the first dropdown set to 'Cell value is' D) Change the second dropdown to 'equal to' E) In the next (blank) dialogue box type 1 F) Click the [Format...] button and choose your format colour from the 'patterns' tab. G) Click [OK] twice to see the result. XL2007 http://office.microsoft.com/enus/ex...CH100648451033  Steve "Xray_Man" wrote in message ... Okay, AltaEgo, I'm still having a problem making it work. Maybe if I explain what I want to do a little differently, it would help. I am looking at the last 100 PowerBall games, and I want to calculate how often the numbers 1 through 59 have shown up in those 100 games. There are 5 white balls drawn in each game, and each ball can have a value between 1 and 59. So, if say number 23 popped up 31 times over the last 100 games, I want to some how visualize it. That's why I thought the Frequency function would be the right function to use. I downloaded the last 100 games into arrays A1 through E100, where A1 through A100 represents the first of 5 balls drawn, then B1 through B100 represents the second of 5 balls drawn, etc. I used K1 to K59 just to have an array of numbers from 1 to 59. Got me so far? Now, what I want to do is to some how end up with either an array of frequencies or some sort of histogram (like a bar chart) to visually display the frequencies as heights of the bars in the bargraph. Then I could play the numbers with the highest frequencies from the last 100 games. I realize that this scheme probably won't make me a zillionairre, but it might give me a slight (and I mean VERY slight) edge over letting the computer give me a random pick. Any input would be much appreciated. THANKS again... "AltaEgo" wrote: Unless I misunderstand the question, you seem to be seeking a count of the number of times each number appears in the range A1:E100. If so, in L1 enter the formula: =COUNTIF($A$1:$E$100,K1) Copy the formula down to K59. We all know whoever runs the lottery takes away the biggest prize but hope springs eternal.  Steve "Xray_Man" wrote in message ... I'm new to Excel, so please explain things to this newbie in nontechnical terms as much as possible! I have downloaded the array of previous week's winning lottery numbers, and I want Excel to create a number frequency chart for me. The numbers are 1 to 59. I want to calculate a histogram of the frequencies of each number from 1 to 59. So far, I set up Excel so that the results of the previous lottery games are in 5 collumns. A1:A100,B1:B100,C1:C100,D1100,E1:E100. I then entered the numbers 1 through 59 into K1:K59. I tried to use the Frequency function, which sort of seems to calculate the frequencies as expected, but I don't know where to find the resulting array of frequencies. I hope what I just said didn't sound too silly, but my problem is that I don't know how to complete the job so that I can some how view the array of frequencies in some easy to view form, such as a histogram. Any help would be most appreciated (and I hope it makes me rich!! LOL) 
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How to calculate frequency of lottery numbers?
Are you kidding? She will need me to tell her what to buy!
http://www.airstreamcomm.net/~mike/lmao.gif "Don Guillett" wrote: Then, she won't need you.  Don Guillett Microsoft MVP Excel SalesAid Software "Xray_Man" wrote in message news Absolutely! My wife will get HALF of my winnings! "Don Guillett" wrote: Don't forget to share.  Don Guillett Microsoft MVP Excel SalesAid Software "Xray_Man" wrote in message ... success!!!!! I now have the frequency spectrum chart that I was looking for! Here's how I did it.... I downloaded the previous 100 PowerBall games from the PowerBall web site. I plugged all the white ball drawings into the following arrays: The first number of the 5 drawn balls went into array A1:A100, then second number went into B1:B100, etc. I then manually entered the numbers 1 through 59 (the range of numbers for the white balls) into array K1:K59. I then selected a blank array M1:M59 which will hold the results of the calculation. I then executed the Frequency function: Frequency(A1:E100,K1:K59). I then plotted the results using one of the Excel bar chart functions. Now I'm on the road to RICHES!!!! LOL Many thanks to everyone who contributed. Mike "Xray_Man" wrote: Thanks again, Steve! I'll give that a try. Because I'm new to Excel, it may be a bit of a struggle, but it's a program that I've been wanting to learn for quite some time, and this seems like a good practice project that will get my feet wet! Later.... Mike "AltaEgo" wrote: OK, I understand the problem. My view is that charting is overly complex. However, this does not mean you cannot see the result graphically. An alternatives to charting: 1) To the right of you raw data, create an array that counts the number of times each number appears each week (i.e. so it shows 1 or 0). 2) Set the spreadsheet to not show zero values 3) Conditional format the area to highlight cells with a value = 1 How to: Set up you spreadsheet so it has a single row above your data Set up your numbers 159 across row 1 of the spreadsheet. Starting at column K1, enter 1, at L1, enter 2, etc. up to BQ which will have the value 59. In K2, enter the formula "=COUNTIF($A2:$E2,K$1) Copy this so it appears in all cells from K2 to BQ101. Instructions below relate to Excel 2003: To suppress zero values A) Select Menu 'Tools', Command 'Options', Tab 'View' B) Under 'Window options' uncheck 'Zero values' XL2007 http://office.microsoft.com/enus/ex...CH100793441033 To conditionally format A) Select the whole range of your counts (K2 to BQ101) B) Select Menu 'Format', Command 'Conditional formatting...' C) Leave the first dropdown set to 'Cell value is' D) Change the second dropdown to 'equal to' E) In the next (blank) dialogue box type 1 F) Click the [Format...] button and choose your format colour from the 'patterns' tab. G) Click [OK] twice to see the result. XL2007 http://office.microsoft.com/enus/ex...CH100648451033  Steve "Xray_Man" wrote in message ... Okay, AltaEgo, I'm still having a problem making it work. Maybe if I explain what I want to do a little differently, it would help. I am looking at the last 100 PowerBall games, and I want to calculate how often the numbers 1 through 59 have shown up in those 100 games. There are 5 white balls drawn in each game, and each ball can have a value between 1 and 59. So, if say number 23 popped up 31 times over the last 100 games, I want to some how visualize it. That's why I thought the Frequency function would be the right function to use. I downloaded the last 100 games into arrays A1 through E100, where A1 through A100 represents the first of 5 balls drawn, then B1 through B100 represents the second of 5 balls drawn, etc. I used K1 to K59 just to have an array of numbers from 1 to 59. Got me so far? Now, what I want to do is to some how end up with either an array of frequencies or some sort of histogram (like a bar chart) to visually display the frequencies as heights of the bars in the bargraph. Then I could play the numbers with the highest frequencies from the last 100 games. I realize that this scheme probably won't make me a zillionairre, but it might give me a slight (and I mean VERY slight) edge over letting the computer give me a random pick. Any input would be much appreciated. THANKS again... "AltaEgo" wrote: Unless I misunderstand the question, you seem to be seeking a count of the number of times each number appears in the range A1:E100. If so, in L1 enter the formula: =COUNTIF($A$1:$E$100,K1) Copy the formula down to K59. We all know whoever runs the lottery takes away the biggest prize but hope springs eternal.  Steve "Xray_Man" wrote in message ... I'm new to Excel, so please explain things to this newbie in nontechnical terms as much as possible! I have downloaded the array of previous week's winning lottery numbers, and I want Excel to create a number frequency chart for me. The numbers are 1 to 59. I want to calculate a histogram of the frequencies of each number from 1 to 59. So far, I set up Excel so that the results of the previous lottery games are in 5 collumns. A1:A100,B1:B100,C1:C100,D1100,E1:E100. I then entered the numbers 1 through 59 into K1:K59. I tried to use the Frequency function, which sort of seems to calculate the frequencies as expected, but I don't know where to find the resulting array of frequencies. I hope what I just said didn't sound too silly, but my problem is that I don't know how to complete the job so that I can some how view the array of frequencies in some easy to view form, such as a histogram. Any help would be most appreciated (and I hope it makes me rich!! LOL) 
#23




How to calculate frequency of lottery numbers?
The Excel frequency function is designed to be used to count the number of
times something falls within a range. See http://office.microsoft.com/enus/ex...CH062528311033 In what you are attempting, Countif() should suffice. Having said that, the way you used Frequency() will work and gives you flexibility to count the numbers falling within ranges. To illustrate, using you existing data and formula: 1) enter the numbers 0,10,20,30,40,50 in the range K1 to K6 (your bin numbers) 2) clear your other numbers in K7 to K59 (no need to adjust your formula) If you entered your array formula Frequency(A1:E100,K1:K59) correctly (using Ctrl/Alt/Delete), you should now see a count of numbers as they fall between the entered bin numbers (and a figure for the rest).  Steve "Xray_Man" wrote in message ... success!!!!! I now have the frequency spectrum chart that I was looking for! Here's how I did it.... I downloaded the previous 100 PowerBall games from the PowerBall web site. I plugged all the white ball drawings into the following arrays: The first number of the 5 drawn balls went into array A1:A100, then second number went into B1:B100, etc. I then manually entered the numbers 1 through 59 (the range of numbers for the white balls) into array K1:K59. I then selected a blank array M1:M59 which will hold the results of the calculation. I then executed the Frequency function: Frequency(A1:E100,K1:K59). I then plotted the results using one of the Excel bar chart functions. Now I'm on the road to RICHES!!!! LOL Many thanks to everyone who contributed. Mike "Xray_Man" wrote: Thanks again, Steve! I'll give that a try. Because I'm new to Excel, it may be a bit of a struggle, but it's a program that I've been wanting to learn for quite some time, and this seems like a good practice project that will get my feet wet! Later.... Mike "AltaEgo" wrote: OK, I understand the problem. My view is that charting is overly complex. However, this does not mean you cannot see the result graphically. An alternatives to charting: 1) To the right of you raw data, create an array that counts the number of times each number appears each week (i.e. so it shows 1 or 0). 2) Set the spreadsheet to not show zero values 3) Conditional format the area to highlight cells with a value = 1 How to: Set up you spreadsheet so it has a single row above your data Set up your numbers 159 across row 1 of the spreadsheet. Starting at column K1, enter 1, at L1, enter 2, etc. up to BQ which will have the value 59. In K2, enter the formula "=COUNTIF($A2:$E2,K$1) Copy this so it appears in all cells from K2 to BQ101. Instructions below relate to Excel 2003: To suppress zero values A) Select Menu 'Tools', Command 'Options', Tab 'View' B) Under 'Window options' uncheck 'Zero values' XL2007 http://office.microsoft.com/enus/ex...CH100793441033 To conditionally format A) Select the whole range of your counts (K2 to BQ101) B) Select Menu 'Format', Command 'Conditional formatting...' C) Leave the first dropdown set to 'Cell value is' D) Change the second dropdown to 'equal to' E) In the next (blank) dialogue box type 1 F) Click the [Format...] button and choose your format colour from the 'patterns' tab. G) Click [OK] twice to see the result. XL2007 http://office.microsoft.com/enus/ex...CH100648451033  Steve "Xray_Man" wrote in message ... Okay, AltaEgo, I'm still having a problem making it work. Maybe if I explain what I want to do a little differently, it would help. I am looking at the last 100 PowerBall games, and I want to calculate how often the numbers 1 through 59 have shown up in those 100 games. There are 5 white balls drawn in each game, and each ball can have a value between 1 and 59. So, if say number 23 popped up 31 times over the last 100 games, I want to some how visualize it. That's why I thought the Frequency function would be the right function to use. I downloaded the last 100 games into arrays A1 through E100, where A1 through A100 represents the first of 5 balls drawn, then B1 through B100 represents the second of 5 balls drawn, etc. I used K1 to K59 just to have an array of numbers from 1 to 59. Got me so far? Now, what I want to do is to some how end up with either an array of frequencies or some sort of histogram (like a bar chart) to visually display the frequencies as heights of the bars in the bargraph. Then I could play the numbers with the highest frequencies from the last 100 games. I realize that this scheme probably won't make me a zillionairre, but it might give me a slight (and I mean VERY slight) edge over letting the computer give me a random pick. Any input would be much appreciated. THANKS again... "AltaEgo" wrote: Unless I misunderstand the question, you seem to be seeking a count of the number of times each number appears in the range A1:E100. If so, in L1 enter the formula: =COUNTIF($A$1:$E$100,K1) Copy the formula down to K59. We all know whoever runs the lottery takes away the biggest prize but hope springs eternal.  Steve "Xray_Man" wrote in message ... I'm new to Excel, so please explain things to this newbie in nontechnical terms as much as possible! I have downloaded the array of previous week's winning lottery numbers, and I want Excel to create a number frequency chart for me. The numbers are 1 to 59. I want to calculate a histogram of the frequencies of each number from 1 to 59. So far, I set up Excel so that the results of the previous lottery games are in 5 collumns. A1:A100,B1:B100,C1:C100,D1100,E1:E100. I then entered the numbers 1 through 59 into K1:K59. I tried to use the Frequency function, which sort of seems to calculate the frequencies as expected, but I don't know where to find the resulting array of frequencies. I hope what I just said didn't sound too silly, but my problem is that I don't know how to complete the job so that I can some how view the array of frequencies in some easy to view form, such as a histogram. Any help would be most appreciated (and I hope it makes me rich!! LOL) 
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How to calculate frequency of lottery numbers?
Steve  I only used Frequency because it "sounded" like the right function
for the job, and I eventually made it work as such. But as you pointed out, there are more than one way to skin a cat! I am just now finding out how versatile and useful Excel is. I've known about it for many years, but until now I never had the desire or the requirement to use it. Now I have one more excellent tool to add to my tool box! Thanks again for your input... Mike "AltaEgo" wrote: The Excel frequency function is designed to be used to count the number of times something falls within a range. See http://office.microsoft.com/enus/ex...CH062528311033 In what you are attempting, Countif() should suffice. Having said that, the way you used Frequency() will work and gives you flexibility to count the numbers falling within ranges. To illustrate, using you existing data and formula: 1) enter the numbers 0,10,20,30,40,50 in the range K1 to K6 (your bin numbers) 2) clear your other numbers in K7 to K59 (no need to adjust your formula) If you entered your array formula Frequency(A1:E100,K1:K59) correctly (using Ctrl/Alt/Delete), you should now see a count of numbers as they fall between the entered bin numbers (and a figure for the rest).  Steve "Xray_Man" wrote in message ... success!!!!! I now have the frequency spectrum chart that I was looking for! Here's how I did it.... I downloaded the previous 100 PowerBall games from the PowerBall web site. I plugged all the white ball drawings into the following arrays: The first number of the 5 drawn balls went into array A1:A100, then second number went into B1:B100, etc. I then manually entered the numbers 1 through 59 (the range of numbers for the white balls) into array K1:K59. I then selected a blank array M1:M59 which will hold the results of the calculation. I then executed the Frequency function: Frequency(A1:E100,K1:K59). I then plotted the results using one of the Excel bar chart functions. Now I'm on the road to RICHES!!!! LOL Many thanks to everyone who contributed. Mike "Xray_Man" wrote: Thanks again, Steve! I'll give that a try. Because I'm new to Excel, it may be a bit of a struggle, but it's a program that I've been wanting to learn for quite some time, and this seems like a good practice project that will get my feet wet! Later.... Mike "AltaEgo" wrote: OK, I understand the problem. My view is that charting is overly complex. However, this does not mean you cannot see the result graphically. An alternatives to charting: 1) To the right of you raw data, create an array that counts the number of times each number appears each week (i.e. so it shows 1 or 0). 2) Set the spreadsheet to not show zero values 3) Conditional format the area to highlight cells with a value = 1 How to: Set up you spreadsheet so it has a single row above your data Set up your numbers 159 across row 1 of the spreadsheet. Starting at column K1, enter 1, at L1, enter 2, etc. up to BQ which will have the value 59. In K2, enter the formula "=COUNTIF($A2:$E2,K$1) Copy this so it appears in all cells from K2 to BQ101. Instructions below relate to Excel 2003: To suppress zero values A) Select Menu 'Tools', Command 'Options', Tab 'View' B) Under 'Window options' uncheck 'Zero values' XL2007 http://office.microsoft.com/enus/ex...CH100793441033 To conditionally format A) Select the whole range of your counts (K2 to BQ101) B) Select Menu 'Format', Command 'Conditional formatting...' C) Leave the first dropdown set to 'Cell value is' D) Change the second dropdown to 'equal to' E) In the next (blank) dialogue box type 1 F) Click the [Format...] button and choose your format colour from the 'patterns' tab. G) Click [OK] twice to see the result. XL2007 http://office.microsoft.com/enus/ex...CH100648451033  Steve "Xray_Man" wrote in message ... Okay, AltaEgo, I'm still having a problem making it work. Maybe if I explain what I want to do a little differently, it would help. I am looking at the last 100 PowerBall games, and I want to calculate how often the numbers 1 through 59 have shown up in those 100 games. There are 5 white balls drawn in each game, and each ball can have a value between 1 and 59. So, if say number 23 popped up 31 times over the last 100 games, I want to some how visualize it. That's why I thought the Frequency function would be the right function to use. I downloaded the last 100 games into arrays A1 through E100, where A1 through A100 represents the first of 5 balls drawn, then B1 through B100 represents the second of 5 balls drawn, etc. I used K1 to K59 just to have an array of numbers from 1 to 59. Got me so far? Now, what I want to do is to some how end up with either an array of frequencies or some sort of histogram (like a bar chart) to visually display the frequencies as heights of the bars in the bargraph. Then I could play the numbers with the highest frequencies from the last 100 games. I realize that this scheme probably won't make me a zillionairre, but it might give me a slight (and I mean VERY slight) edge over letting the computer give me a random pick. Any input would be much appreciated. THANKS again... "AltaEgo" wrote: Unless I misunderstand the question, you seem to be seeking a count of the number of times each number appears in the range A1:E100. If so, in L1 enter the formula: =COUNTIF($A$1:$E$100,K1) Copy the formula down to K59. We all know whoever runs the lottery takes away the biggest prize but hope springs eternal.  Steve "Xray_Man" wrote in message ... I'm new to Excel, so please explain things to this newbie in nontechnical terms as much as possible! I have downloaded the array of previous week's winning lottery numbers, and I want Excel to create a number frequency chart for me. The numbers are 1 to 59. I want to calculate a histogram of the frequencies of each number from 1 to 59. So far, I set up Excel so that the results of the previous lottery games are in 5 collumns. A1:A100,B1:B100,C1:C100,D1100,E1:E100. I then entered the numbers 1 through 59 into K1:K59. I tried to use the Frequency function, which sort of seems to calculate the frequencies as expected, but I don't know where to find the resulting array of frequencies. I hope what I just said didn't sound too silly, but my problem is that I don't know how to complete the job so that I can some how view the array of frequencies in some easy to view form, such as a histogram. Any help would be most appreciated (and I hope it makes me rich!! LOL) 
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