I have a spreadsheet of many-to-many matches between people. My data looks something like this:

| id1 | name1 | id2 | name2 |
| 123 | John  | 456 | Jane  |
| 123 | John  | 789 | Bob   |
| 456 | Jane  | 999 | Susan |
| 111 | John  | 888 | Roger |

I've created a pivot table in order to see the number of matches per person (matches are directed and I only care about id1 -> id2 edges). My problem is, because people can have the same name, I need to use id as the primary key in the pivot table. But if I do that I can't easily see which name the id corresponds to. I tried taking the "minimum" of each name in my pivot table, but then I just get the number 0. I just want to take an arbitrary name from any of the matches. Is this possible?

This is my desired output format:

| id1 | name1 | match_count |
| 123 | John  |           2 |
| 456 | Jane  |           1 |
| 111 | John  |           1 |

2 Answers 2


To get that output create pivot, add id1 and name1 as Rows, tick off totals (unnecessary) and add name1 to Values with COUNTA formula Pivot

  • Yep, that works. Thanks! Commented Mar 6, 2020 at 22:31

Please try the following formula:

     "select Col1,Col2, count(Col1) 
      where Col1 is not null group by Col1, Col2 label count(Col1) ''")

Query formula

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  • Thank you for the answer, but my question is specific to pivot tables. I guess it can't be done with them? Commented Mar 6, 2020 at 7:43
  • Sorry I misread your question. Glad you worked it out. I still don't understand though why you reverted my edit on it. Is your data on a single column separated by commas? You can also have a look at this post. Commented Mar 7, 2020 at 3:50
  • I reverted because I only wanted directed edges, not undirected as in your edit. And then I was just too lazy to add the table syntax back, haha. Commented Mar 8, 2020 at 2:34
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    _"...was just too lazy..."_> Totally understand that :) The , was what threw me off though. If you find some time, you could probably edit using this ASCII Tables site. Keep everything on default. You write what you want as a range in your sheet, copy, paste on the site. Copy, paste on the question here. Done Commented Mar 8, 2020 at 6:31
  • Cool, yeah that works. Commented Mar 9, 2020 at 9:00

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