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Need a formula to assign ranks/positions based on the percentage values in one column

Last Modified: 2012-02-12
Hi there,

Please see the attached file

1) Need to have a formula in column F.
2) Based on the column E result (percentage) assign the position in the class for example 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th or just 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and so on till the last item of the data/list (and that can be any number of students)
3) In-case of same exact percentage then need to check P.NO.  and the lowest P.NO.  gets more weight-age/preference. For example in the given example P.NO. 101 and P.NO. 109 has the same percentage but with the P.NO. 101 will be above in the position above then P.NO. 109

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Hello barryhoudini,

I do not know why the attachment won't come up. let me try again

Thank you...have applied your provided formula in my file. Works like a Champ!!. Please see the attached file.

Now can you please tell me little bit about the formula logic especially after + sign and SUMPRODUCT.
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The RANK function will give you duplicate ranks in the higher position, so in your example E5 and E11 are both 87.33 and would therefore both be ranked 2 (with no 3).....but you want one of those to be 2 and one to be 3 based on column A value.......so you need a function that will count all the rows where the column E % is the same.....and compare the column A values....so in F5 the SUMPRODUCT part is


that counts rows where the column E % matches E5 (i.e. row 5 and row 11) and also where column A value is < A5. As there are none of the latter the result is zero and RANK stays at 2......but in row 11 you have


and row 5 satisfies both criteria so the result is 1....making the RANK increment to 3.

Note: if you have Excel 2007 or later you can use COUNTIFS rather than SUMPRODUCT so formula would then be


regards, barry


Timely, Brilliant with explanation and with alternatives...could not ask for more!!

Thank you barryhoudini

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