A Better Idea

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

An item in the August issue, “Averaging noncontiguous cells that contain some zero values” (page 73), generated several ideas from readers for a better way to address the problem. David M. Fogel, a CPA in Roseville, Calif., was the first to suggest this formula, noting it could be used in a large spreadsheet over a wide range of cells:

 

=SUM(A1:G1)/COUNTIF(A1:G1,">0")

 

Shane Eloe, a CPA at Dickinson & Clark CPAs in Council Bluffs, Iowa, posted an even shorter option on the JofA’s Facebook page:

 

=AVERAGEIF(A1:G1,">0")

 

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