Excel Roundup 20140120

If you’ve ever been disgruntled with your bank, you might enjoy Ben Orlin’s vision of how he would run a bank, on his Math With Bad Drawings blog. Instead of annual compounding, he’ll offer other options, such as:

  • Compounded Madoff-ly: After years of dubiously high interest, it will come out that I’m just typing random numbers into the spreadsheet.
  • Compounded sporadically: Your balance grows whenever I remember to update the spreadsheet.

Each option is illustrated with a bad drawing, like this one.

Your balance grows whenever I remember to update the spreadsheet.  http://mathwithbaddrawings.com

Contextures Posts

Here’s what I posted last week:

  • Finally, for a humorous peek at what other people are saying about Excel, read this week’s collection of Excel tweets, on my Excel Theatre blog.

Other Excel Articles

Here are a few of the Excel articles that I read last week, that you might find useful:

  • Alex Roe, in the Italy Chronicles blog, wonders if Excel can save Italy, as one of their political leaders suggested.
  • Winston Snyder couldn’t find a pivot table style that he liked, so he wrote a macro to format specific ranges in the table.

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What Did You Read?

If you read any other interesting Excel articles last week, that you’d like to share, please add a comment below.

Please include a brief description, and a link to the article.


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1 Response

  1. bee says:


    I think this is something basic in Excel but not being emphasized, especially to Excel beginners.

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