I have the following data in a google spread sheet.

ColumnA         ColumnB
Bus             205
Train           10
Train           10
Fruit           10

I want to sum all ColumnB where ColumnA is equal to either Bus or Train.

I know that I can sum all content of B based on single value of A like below

=(SUMIF(A:A, "Bus", B:B))

But I want to sum if column A contains any of the values that I specify. How can I do that?

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Short answer



  • A:A is the column containing the categories.
  • {"Bus";"Train"} is a 1x2 array. It could be replaced by a range 1xn arrange containing the categories to be included in the sum.
  • B:B is the column containing the values to be summed.

  • sumif returns of the sum of values corresponding to each specified category

  • sum returns the sum of the returned array by sumif
  • ArrayFormula :

Enables the display of values returned from an array formula into multiple rows and/or columns and the use of non-array functions with arrays.



This should work:


SUMIFS Function

While SUMIF returns the sum of a range based on a single condition, the SUMIFS function returns the sum of a range based on multiple criteria.


SUMIFS(sum_range, criteria_range1, criterion1, [criteria_range2, criterion2, ...])


=SUMIFS(B:B, A:A, "Bus", A:A, "Train")

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