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# Formula

Posted on 2011-03-23
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Trying to build a formula:

To look in R3:R24 and find which value appears the most either GA, GB, GC, GD, GE, or GF. If there is an instance where two or more of the values appear the most, then take the first value.
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ID: 35204948
Here is one way to do it. Sample file attached. Hope this is what you wanted?

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Book1.xlsx
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I tried the formula, in my current data in R3:R24, there is zero instance of any of the values, but it returns a 'GA", it should just be blank.
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Expert Comment

ID: 35204968
If it's only those values then try this array formula

=INDEX(R3:F24,MODE(MATCH(R3:F24,R3:F24,0)))

Confirmed with CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER

assumed no blanks in the range.....

Regards, barry
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ID: 35204995
barry there is the possibility of a blank in there
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Expert Comment

ID: 35205155
>>>>I tried the formula, in my current data in R3:R24, there is zero instance of any of the values, but it returns a 'GA", it should just be blank.

Try this File

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Book1.xlsx
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Expert Comment

ID: 35205162
Ok try this version....

=IF(SUM(COUNTIF(R3:F24,{"GA","GB","GC","GD","GE","GF"})),INDEX(R3:F24,MODE(IF(ISNUMBER(MATCH(R3:R24,{"GA","GB","GC","GD","GE","GF"},0)),MATCH(R3:F24,R3:F24,0)*{1,1},""))),"")

With CSE again

regards, barry
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Expert Comment

ID: 35205170
Ok try this version....

=IF(SUM(COUNTIF(R3:F24,{"GA","GB","GC","GD","GE","GF"})),INDEX(R3:F24,MODE(IF(ISNUMBER(MATCH(R3:R24,{"GA","GB","GC","GD","GE","GF"},0)),MATCH(R3:F24,R3:F24,0)*{1,1},""))),"")

With CSE again

regards, barry
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Expert Comment

ID: 35205197
Sorry, some ranges in that formula are wrongly shown ad R3:F24, change to R3:F24....

=IF(SUM(COUNTIF(R3:R24,{"GA","GB","GC","GD","GE","GF"})),INDEX(R3:R24,MODE(IF(ISNUMBER(MATCH(R3:R24,{"GA","GB","GC","GD","GE","GF"},0)),MATCH(R3:R24,R3:R24,0)*{1,1},""))),"")

barry
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Expert Comment

ID: 35205207
Barry, why not simply

=INDEX(R3:R24,MODE(IF(ISNA(MATCH(R3:R24,R3:R24,0)),FALSE,MATCH(R3:R24,R3:R24,0))))
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Expert Comment

ID: 35205358
Hello Saqib,

Yes, that would cope with blanks but won't work if the most common value has only 1 instance (e.g.the only value is GA in R3) or if the whole range is blank. Also I wasn't sure whether there might be other values besides "GA", "GB" etc. so if there are entries like "xyz" or 123 then my suggested formula will ignore those, see attached

regards, barry
26908131.xls
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Accepted Solution

barry houdini earned 2000 total points
ID: 35205396
but having said that......two shorter options to do the same.

In Excel 2007 or later

=IFERROR(INDEX(R3:R24,MODE(IF(ISNUMBER(MATCH(R3:R24,{"GA","GB","GC","GD","GE","GF"},0)),MATCH(R3:R24,R3:R24,0)*{1,1}))),"")

or in any version

=LOOKUP("zzz",IF({1,0},"",INDEX(R3:R24,MODE(IF(ISNUMBER(MATCH(R3:R24,{"GA","GB","GC","GD","GE","GF"},0)),MATCH(R3:R24,R3:R24,0)*{1,1})))))

both require CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER as before

regards, barry
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