On Thu, Jul 24, 2014, at 12:33 PM, Brian Barker wrote:
At 10:37 24/07/2014 -0400, Dave Boland wrote:
Er, you presumably want just the date on the horizontal axis, with
locations represented by separate lines.
What you need to do is to assemble a table in an appropriate fashion
for a chart to be possible. You will probably want four columns - for
dates and the three locations - with the temperature values in the
body of the table. That way, there would be one row for each date.
Creating the chart from this would be simple.
So how to achieve that table? Well, one way would be simply to enter
the data that way in the first place. However the data arises, it may
be most convenient to massage it into the required form as you enter
it. Note that the way you are currently entering data, you have each
date entered three times and each location very many times. That's
never a good idea. How many weeks before you enter "Sryacuse" by mistake?
Alternatively, you can simply extract what you need from your
existing table into the required one. Your date column would be
entered manually or - better if appropriate - filled down from the
first two weeks' dates. The body of the table would then have
formulae which retrieved the appropriate data from the original
table. You might be able to do this using the VLOOKUP() function, but
it won't be simple, as you have two conditions to search for: date
and location. The simplest solution might be to sort your original
table by location (or you could enter the data into three tables in
the first place), and then to use VLOOKUP() to search for the
appropriate date and harvest the temperature value from within just
the relevant part of the original table - that now containing the
values for each location.
It's probably very much easier if you create three tables in the
first place - one for each location.
Thanks for the insight. The way the data is set up is legacy in that it
is from a form used previously. The intent was to create database-like
records where data from 12 cities is updated each week. To help
eliminate entry mistakes, I use validation so Syracuse never becomes
I have made some progress playing with chart settings, but still not
where I need to be. I will give the lookup functions a try.
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