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Hi :)  
Don't self referencing equations usually tend towards chaos and have fractal dimensions?  It's a 
bit beyond the scope of a spreadsheet!  Is there a way of limiting the number of iterations or does 
Calc just protect it self (and the cpu) from calculations running away towards chaos?  
Regards from
Tom :)  

--- On Fri, 21/9/12, Tim Deaton <> wrote:

From: Tim Deaton <>
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Help with Scoring Bi-nominal Responses
To: "Paul Anderson" <>, "" 
Date: Friday, 21 September, 2012, 21:26

As others have stated, "T2=T2+..." will fail, because it references its own result.

For this example, you might put this in T2:
  1. If F2=0, then T2=0
  2. If L2 is less than 3, then T2=0
  3. If F2 is greater than 0 and L2 is greater than 2, then T2=(F2+L2)

But (also as others have said) you do need to plot out all the scenarios and what their answers 
should be.  What my suggestion above assumes is:
  If F=0 then T=0 regardless of what L is
  If L<3 then T=0 regardless of what F is
  If F>0 and L>2, then T=F+L

-- Tim

On 9/21/2012 1:34 AM, Paul Anderson wrote:
Thanks to all for the previous help,

Also, sorry if you have addressed this already, Brian. But, I know only basic functions within 
the spreadsheet and will request a more explanatory example.
The file was delivered in xlsx format. I would like to maintain the format (using LibreOffice!), 
but I may have to look to other software.

Here is an example of my first two rows of data, cells F2&3 through S2&3, with F1-S1 containing 
variable names

*F*   *G*   *H*   *I*   *J*   *K*   *L*   *M*   *N* *O*   *P*   *Q*   *R*   *S*
  0     1     0     1     0     0     1     0     0 0     0     0     0     0
  1     0     1     1     0     0     1     0     0 0     1     0     0     0

Using a simple example with only two cells (F2&L2), I want T2 to equal a 'score' based on a 
weighted index, like this:

IF F2=0 then T2=0; else T2=T2+1;
(Where F2 can only take on a value of 0 or 1)
IF L2=0 OR L2=1 OR L2=2 then T2=T2+0; else T2=T2+3
(Where L2 can take on a value of 0,1,2,or 3)

So that:

T2 = 0 (if F2=0 and L2=0,1,or 2)
T2 = 4 (if F2=1 and L2=3)

I haven't been able to create the proper syntax for this simple two cell scoring.
How can I not only score an individual cell but also link it with another cell in the same row?
A simple demonstration will be adequate so that I can create my specific and more complicated 

I hope I have stated my needs in a clearer fashion this time around, and thanks to everyone for 
the previous help.


On 9/19/2012 11:58 AM, Jean-Francois Nifenecker wrote:
Le 19/09/2012 07:03, Paul Anderson a écrit :
Hello all,

I have a simple question for which I cannot find the answer.

I have a LibreCalc spreadsheet containing binomial data for which I
would like to create a final summed "score" (in Column T) based upon a
manually specified score index.

Columns F, G, H, J, K, M, N, O, P, O, and R contain pure binomial
information (0 or 1)
Columns I, L, and S contain multiple numbered responses:
I = 0,1,3
L = 0,1,2,3
S = 0,1,2

I want to create a final score (Column T) based upon numerical responses
(in Columns F-S)

All this makes me think of binary data, hence to have columns F..R (except I, L & S) set to hold 
either 0 or a power of 2.
F would hold 0 or 1
G            0 or 2
H            0 or 4
J            0 or 8
and so forth.

Then, adding any group of columns would then give a unique meaningful value:
-- if you add F+G+H and get 3, you know that only F and G are set
-- if you AND F+G+H with, say, 2, you may check if G (value 2) is set : if G AND 2 = 2 then G is 
set (in Calc use the BITAND function)

As I don't know exactly what you're looking to achieve, perhaps my idea is useless.

Anyway, just my two euro-cents,

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