# Questions on Max Function in VBA

I have a block of data points with monthly values for several categories across the year.  The code snippet listed below does what I want, but I believe there's a more efficient way of doing this using a "Max" function.  However, I was unable to get the Max function working when I attempted to use it in my code.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Public Sub findMaxVal()

Dim var(1 To 12)
Dim varMax As Double
Dim cnt As Long
Dim hold As Long
Range("e2").Select

Do Until cnt = 12
cnt = cnt + 1
var(cnt) = ActiveCell
If cnt = 1 Then
varMax = var(cnt)
ElseIf cnt <> 1 Then
If varMax < var(cnt) Then
varMax = var(cnt)
End If
End If
ActiveCell.Offset(0, 1).Select
Loop
MsgBox varMax
End Sub

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Software Applications Developer / IntegratorCommented:
You will need to use the application worksheet object to reference any functions like that.

similar to this one
Application.WorksheetFunction.Count(oRange)
or
myvariable =  Application.WorksheetFunction.Max(oRange)

Define the range, and then address it something like above. Hopefully that will get you moving in the right direction.
Author Commented:
xDJR1875,

Thanks.  I modified my code and I can identify the maximum value.  However, I forgot to mention that I also need to identify which index value in the array corresponds to the maximum value.  Can you help me with the syntax?

Aaron

Public Sub findMaxVal()

Dim var(1 To 12)
Dim varMax As Double
Dim cnt As Long
Dim hold As Long
Dim holdr As String
Range("e2").Select

Do Until cnt = 12

cnt = cnt + 1
var(cnt) = ActiveCell
ActiveCell.Offset(0, 1).Select

Loop

hold = Application.WorksheetFunction.Max(var())
holdr = var().Index.Value
MsgBox hold & " - " & (cnt)

End Sub
Software Applications Developer / IntegratorCommented:
Here is some info on searching an array in vba...
Searching for Array Elements
Visual Basic provides a mechanism finding elements in an array. The Array.BinarySearch() function searches the specified array for a matching element and returns the index of the matching element:

Dim strColors() = {"Red", "Green", "Blue"}
Dim intMatchIndex As Integer

intMatchIndex = Array.BinarySearch(strColors)

But a simple foreach loop will also do... similar to the following...

A For loop can also be used to iterate through each element of an array:

Dim intCount As Integer

For intCount = 0 To 12
If var(intCount) = hold Then MsgBox hold & "-" & var(intCount) & "-" & str(intCount)
Next intCount

Author Commented:
xDJR1875,

Since I'm already looping through the Array, do I need to reformat the code block even though I can already identify the maximum value?  Conceptually, I realize that I just need to return the index number of the Array value that corresponds to the maximum value.  Can I extract the index value from a one-dimensional array, or do I need to create a two-dimensional array?

Aaron

Software Applications Developer / IntegratorCommented:
You should be able to do it with the one-dimensional array

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