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I want to create a graph which given a list of dates, will produce a line graph representing the number of occurrences of list dates. For example, this would be ideal.

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But when I try to recreate something like this in Excel (2013), I get a different result and can't figure out how to change the settings to achieve the desired result.

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Is this desired graph possible in Excel, and if so, how do I go about doing it?

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Related: – Jerry May 18 '13 at 15:08
@Jerry your solution is actually much better than mine, I'd upvote it also if you summarised and added it here :) – jay May 24 '13 at 16:50
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The graph you want to make is frequency and date, so you need to tabulate the frequency. To do this collect all the unique dates and calculate the frequency using COUNTIF.

=COUNTIF(range, criteria)

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When you graph this you will get the graph you want

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Update: Have a look at Jerry's answer to a similar question. A pivot table is ideal for a large and growing set of data.

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Thank you very much! – Geesh_SO May 18 '13 at 13:28

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