# Count missing values in Excel

This tutorial shows how to calculate Count missing values in Excel using the example below;

## Formula

=SUMPRODUCT(--(COUNTIF(list1,list2)=0))

## Explanation

To count the values in one list that are missing from another list, you can use a formula based on the COUNTIF and SUMPRODUCT functions.

In the example shown, the formula in H6 is:

=SUMPRODUCT(--(COUNTIF(list1,list2)=0))

Which returns 1 since the value “Osborne” does not appear in B6:B11.

### How this formula works

The COUNTIF functions checks values in a range against criteria. Often, only one criteria is supplied, but in this case we supply more than one criteria.

For range, we give COUNTIF the named range list1 (B6:B11), and for criteria, we provide the named range list2 (F6:F8).

Because we give COUNTIF more than one criteria, we get more than one result in a result array that looks like this: {2;1;0}

We want to count only values that are missing, which by definition have a count of zero, so we convert these values to TRUE and FALSE with the “=0” statement, which yields: {FALSE;FALSE;TRUE}

Then we force the TRUE FALSE values to 1s and 0s with the double-negative operator (–), which produces: {0;0;1}

Finally, we use SUMPRODUCT to add up the items in the array and return a total count of missing values.

### Alternative with MATCH

If you prefer more literal formulas, you can use the formula below, based on MATCH, which literally counts values that are “missing” using the ISNA function:

=SUMPRODUCT(--ISNA(MATCH(list2,list1,0)))