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In my workflow, I have combined two datasets into one file leaving me with two columns for every state. I have formatted the file to have the columns for each state next to each other. I am trying to write a formula to create a new field for each state and then insert it grouped with the other two columns for the state. Is there a way to write a formula to do the same thing after each two columns (ex. column 2 less 3, then column 4 less 5)? I have attached in Excel what I am trying to have happen in green font. I know I could write multiple formulas referencing each of the columns, but I am not familiar is there is a way to write a formula based on column patterns.
I'd approach this slightly differently. I'd transpose the data so that I have the state name in a single column and the two columns I'd like to use in the formula side-by side. Once calculated, I'd pivot the data back and append to the original data set. Example attached.
Here is one solution. I've done a few transpose and crosstab, one to get the data in a format where we can summarize (by turning the return column to a negative number, and then adding together), and then one at the end for order purposes.