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How to filter web discussion data in Excel

There are a few ways to filter web discussion data in Excel. One way is to use the Filter Data feature. This will allow you to filter by certain criteria, such as date, author, or keyword. Another way to filter data is to use the Query feature. This will allow you to specify certain criteria and then extract only the data that meets those criteria. Finally, you can also use the Advanced Filter feature. This will allow you to specify more complex criteria for filtering data.

To use the Filter Data feature, first select the data that you want to filter. Then click the Data tab on the ribbon and click Filter. A dropdown menu will appear next to each column header. Click the dropdown menu and select the criteria by which you want to filter the data. For example, you can select Equals, Does Not Equal, Greater Than, or Less Than. You can also use wildcards such as * or ? when filtering data.

To use the Query feature, first select the data that you want to query. Then click the Data tab on the ribbon and click Query. In the Query Wizard, select the table or range of cells that contains the data that you want to query. Then select the fields that you want to query. You can also specify criteria for querying data. For example, you can query data by date, author, or keyword. Finally, click Finish to run the query.

To use Advanced Filters, first select the data that you want to filter. Then click the Data tab on the ribbon and click Advanced Filter. In the Advanced Filter dialog box, select whether you want to filter the list in place or copy it to another location. Then select which fields you want to filter and what criteria you want to use for filtering.


How To Use Pivot Tables To Analyze Web Discussion Data In Excel


Pivot tables are a powerful tool for analyzing data in Excel. They can be used to summarize data, calculate statistics, and find patterns in data. Pivot tables are especially useful for web discussion data because they can be used to find out who is talking about what topics, how often they are talking about them, and what keywords are being used most frequently.


Creating A Pivot Table


To create a pivot table from web discussion data in Excel, first select all of the cells that contain web discussion data.


Next, click on Insert > PivotTable fromthe ribbon.


Inthe Create PivotTable dialog box that appears, make sure thatthe correct cell range is selected and then click OK.


The pivot table will appear on a new sheet in your workbook.


Now we needto add fields tot he pivot table so that we can analyze ourweb discussion data.


To do this, dragand drop fields fromthe field list onto one ofthe areas in thee PivotTable Field List pane.


The four areas inthe field list pane are: Filters (usedto filter pivot tabledata), Columns (usedto display pivot tabledata in columns),Rows (usedto display pivot tabledata in rows),and Values (usedto calculate values basedon pivot table data).


For this examplewe will dragand drop thee Author field into thee Filters areaand thee Message fieldinto thee Values area.


Your pivot table should now look something like this:


Now let's say wewant totrytosee ifthereisapatterninthesewebdiscussiondatabasedonthe dayofthe weekwhen peoplearepostingmessages.


To do this wewilldraganddrop theeDatefieldintotheRowsarea. < BR / > We will alsochangehowthese datesaregroupedbyclickingon theeDatefield inthee Rowsareaandthen selectingGroupfromthe contextmenu . < BR / > In theeGroupingdialog boxthat appears ,select Daysfromthe Bylist ,select Mondayfromthe Starting atlist ,andthenclick OK . < BR / > Your pivottableshouldnowlooksomethinglikethis: < BR / >

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