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I have data in the following format:

Id    Value
1     20
2     40
3     20
3     20
4     50

I want to sum the value column while excluding duplicates from the id column. In this case, I should end up with a total of 130. Can anyone help?

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You can create a new column with duplicates removed; SUM() the new column.

Use the COUNTIF() function to reduce values for duplicate ID's to 0 in the new column like this:


(example above assumes ID's are stored in column A, and their values are stored in column B)

source and more detailed info

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Thanks. This will get me where I need to be. I had hoped that I could create a function that sums the data in place, without the addition of a new column, but this will do. For future reference, I did have to make a slight modification to your function: =IF(COUNTIF($A$1:A1,A1)=1,B1,"") – Todd Benning Apr 20 '10 at 13:43
@Todd: You can hide the new column, but still get the sum of the hidden column. – Leftium Apr 20 '10 at 20:16

From Microsoft: Filter for unique values or remove duplicate values

  • To filter for unique values, use the Advanced command in the Sort & Filter group on the Data tab.
  • To remove duplicate values, use the Remove Duplicates command in the Data Tools group on the Data tab.
  • To highlight unique or duplicate values, use the Conditional Formatting command in the Style group on the Home tab.
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Thanks, but I don't want to modify or hide the existing data. Highlighting gets me nowhere when it comes to calculating a sum either. – Todd Benning Apr 20 '10 at 13:34

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