Let $G$ be a finite group and $A$ be the character table for the irreducible complex representations. The sum of elements in any row of the character table is a positive integer as its equals to the multiplicity of irreducible representation corresponding to that row inside $V$, where $V$ is the representation on the group algebra induced by the conjugacy action of $G$.

But how to understand the sum of elements in any column of the character table in terms of representation theory? It's an integer by Galois theory but might not be positive (e.g $G=M_{11}$). In the case of Weyl groups, is there a simple formula? At least, can we determine its sign from $G$?