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checking multiple values in VLOOKUP not equal

Posted on 2010-08-27
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In order to check Anot equal to "Red" in a Vlookup statement, I would code   A,"<>Red".

Is there a way to check A not equal to "Red", "Green" or "Blue" in vlookup without repeating the criteria similar to A not in ("Red", "Green", "Blue")

The reason is that I am comparing the value to a value returned from a vlookup, so I did not want to have concatanated vlookups if possible
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Question by:morinia
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I have taken to using worksheets to perform lookups and then referencing those in formula to keep the code cleaner.

You could also create vb function to perform the lookup and return the result.


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by:cyberkiwi
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You can use this
If your VLOOKUP is VLOOKUP(E5,$A$1:$B$5,2,FALSE)
You can use this expression

ISNA(MATCH(VLOOKUP(E5,$A$1:$B$5,2,FALSE),{"Red","Blue","Green"},0))

It returns True if the vlookup returns a value that is none of Red,Green,Blue
e.g.

=IF(ISNA(MATCH(VLOOKUP(E5,$A$1:$B$5,2,FALSE),{"Red","Blue","Green"},0)),"no red green or blue", "was matched")
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by:byundt
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You could also test a SUMPRODUCT formula. Using cyberkiwi's example:
=IF(SUMPRODUCT((A1:A5=E5)*(B1:B5={"red","green","blue"})),"was matched","no red, green or blue")

The SUMPRODUCT formula is a little shorter and only needs two levels of nesting (vs four for IF(ISNA(MATCH(VLOOKUP...)
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