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# issue with excel formula

Posted on 2011-10-01
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Hello all

I have an issue with a formula in one cell:
``````=+SI(ESTVIDE(D9),"-",SI(D9="-","-",SI(D9>=2%,"B",SI(D9>=0,"G",SI(D9>=-1%,"A",SI(D9>=-2%,"R"))))))
``````

This formula is in cell column E.

So if for example, in cell B of the same row, i have the value: 1546

And in column C: 1472
then, in column D, i have a formula : =(C12-B12)/B12
That will give the result: -5%

So with the big formula where i have an issue, i should get the result "G"
But i have FALSE.

But if i change the formula =(C12-B12)/B12 with the real result -5%, then, it give me the result G.

Can you help me with that?

Thanks

test.xlsx
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Question by:Wilder1626
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ID: 36896482
Because cell D12 contains a formula that gives a numeric answer. All you have done is changed the display format so it SHOWS -5%

Your compares need to be again actual values.

=IF(ISBLANK(D12),"-",IF(D12="-","-",IF(D12>=0,"B",IF(D12>=0,"G",IF(D12>=-0.01,"A",IF(D12>=-0.02,"R","Out of Range"))))))
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regmigrant earned 250 total points
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The final part of your formula

SI(D9>=-2%,"R") does not have a 'False' condition so excel is returning 'False' which is correct because D9 is NOT greater than or equal to -2%.( -5% is LESS than -3%.)
your formula will return 'false' for any number less than -2%

to get a G returned from this formula you would have to have a number slightly more than 0 and slightly less than 2

Without knowing what you are trying to achieve its difficult to advise further but the following might help you understand where your problem lies

=IF(OR(ISBLANK(D12),D12="-"),"-",IF(D12>=2%,"B",IF(D12>=0,"G",IF(D12>=-1%,"A",IF(D12>=-2%,"R","other")))))

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barry houdini earned 250 total points
ID: 36896592
Neilsr,

It isn't a problem to compare against percentages - the test =D12>=-2% is as valid as =D12>=-0.02

I agree with regmigrant, -5% doesn't fall into any of the categories specified, hence FALSE. I think that happens whether -5% is returned by the formula or manually inserted.

Perhaps you can specify in words what you want the formula to do, Wilder1626

regards, barry
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Author Closing Comment

ID: 36896627
Thanks to both of you, since R is my last result i can get, i have changed it to SI(D12>=-100%,"R") instead of SI(D12>=-2%,"R").

Thanks again
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just a style point on your final comment - if D12 is ever lower than -100% you will get False again. If you are sure this can't happen its ok but from an elegance point of view you dont need the final 'Si', if you always want to return "R" at this point you can just put "R" because there is no other result
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