You have to be know SQL language to achieve this.  I recommend you start
getting familiar with this, it will open a whole world to you.

Going by your example favorite having values 1-10:
Table name: stats
table fields: name, lastname,midinit,dob,country,state,address,favorite

//backendfunction = odbc_exec( ), mysql_query( ), etc.....

$query = "Select count(favorite) from stats group by favorite" ;
$result = backendfunction($myconn,$query);

This will give you a result with all the totals that you can later access
using the functions to cycle through result sets.

Rock & Roll!

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "js" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Friday, January 30, 2004 12:07 PM
Subject: [PHP-DB] counting a value

i want to know what i can use to count the number of times a value appears
in a column listing where different values are listed. for example, say in
the column of Favorite Number we have 100 students, and for each student his
or her own row. and each student can pick a number from 1-10. So, we have a
column of 100 rows and each field can contain either 1-10.    Now, i want to
know how can i count the number of times  lets say the #2 appears in this
list and give that count a number. so if #2 appears 43 times in that column,
then i want it to say "2 is listed 43 times."  how do i do this? thank you
for your help with my beginner newbie questions.

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