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How to use VBA to find Max value for each of several blocks of data

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I have figures in col E of a ss, separated into races.  I want to return a value for each race that is the maximum of the values in col E pertaining to that race.  I have tried to code it by allocating variables to the top and bottom cell of each appropriate range, but I can't make that work.  Please could someone show me the proper way to do it, thanks.
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by:KnutsonBM
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where do you want the value to be?  have you considered the 'Max' formula?

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This perhaps?
Sub x()

Dim r As Range

For Each r In Columns(3).SpecialCells(xlCellTypeConstants).Areas
    r(1).Offset(2, -2) = WorksheetFunction.Max(r.Columns(3))
Next r

End Sub

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by:McOz
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Try a macro like this:
 
Sub GetMaxValues()
    r = 2
    e = 0
    Dim rng As Range
    Do While e < 4
        If Cells(r, 3).Value = "" Then
            e = e + 1
            If e = 1 Then
                Cells(r, 5).Formula = "=Max(" & rng.Offset(0, 2).Address & ")"
                Set rng = Nothing
            End If
        Else
            e = 0
            If Not rng Is Nothing Then
                Set rng = Union(Cells(r, 3), rng)
            Else
                Set rng = Cells(r, 3)
            End If
        End If
        r = r + 1
    Loop
End Sub

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It will go down the list, and insert the MAX function in the first empty cell after each list, for that list.

This code assumes that if we find 4 consecutive blank rows, the end of the data has been reached, and that there are no blank rows within each list.

Good luck!
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by:Arno Koster
ID: 35016907
select cell A4
enter the following contents :

=max(E3:E29)

the 'equals' sign indicates that cell A4 contains a formula and not a text or a value
the 'max' formula represents the utmost positive value of the supplied cells
the supplied cells range from E3 up to E29 (being values corresponding to a single race)
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by:robinbernett
ID: 35017027
KnutsonBM Thanks.  Yes, I considered the Max formula, couldn't make it work with VBA though.
StephenJR, McOz - great solutions, thank you very much - and for explanatory comments which are always helpful, cheers.  Now I'm going to see if I can work out how it has been done.  EE is my saviour and my tutor!
akoster, thanks for your explanations - I was looking for VBA.

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by:robinbernett
ID: 35017035
Grateful for your time and expertise.
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by:Runrigger
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Both of these solutions are excellent!

This is being filed in my "useful" and must have info.
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