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I am hoping this will be decently easy for you experts!! I have an excel formula that already exists in my spreadsheet. The problem that I am having is that I need to add quite a bit more logic to it. I have a variable named months this is tied to a spreadsheet in the workbook.. "bookmarks" is the name. Here is the formula now..

=IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP(Years,Bookmarks!C39:D43,2)),1,VLOOKUP(Years,Bookmarks!C39:D43,2))

I need to add to this formula

If month (- this is the variable name) =

0 to 11     then 0
12 to 18   then 1
19 to 30   then 1.5
31 to 42   then 2
43 to 54   then 2.5
55 to 60   then 4

can someone help me with this?? Pretty Please??
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Question by:Jennifer Barman
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by:OCDan
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Do you have some sample data to look at? And what you would expect the result to be given certain data?

Sorry for the questions I am just pretty unclear on what you are after here.
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Glenn Ray earned 500 total points
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I see you're returning "1" if the VLOOKUP fails.  

Are now wanting to return one of the possible corresponding values in your list that depends on the value for the variable "months"?

If so, the formula would be simpler (and easier to edit) if you had another lookup list to use for "months" and its lookup value.

-Glenn
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by:Jennifer Barman
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well this populates to a cell.. and is figured into a  calculation after the fact.

I am not extreamly familiar with vlookup or how the first statement was made. All I need to do is add the information below to the formula bar.. something like a nested if then??

Not really sure what you are wanting for example data. Right now it is creating a multiplier on our commissions sheet.
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by:Jennifer Barman
ID: 37768271
I actually have created a list in bookmarks.. I guess I am not sure how to write this out?? I can give you the cell names? first the list also comes from bookmarks.. the cell range is P16:P21
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by:Glenn Ray
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Okay, if P16:P21 is the list for the month range, you need to have the appropriate multipliers adjacent to them.  Like so:

P16 = 0
P17 = 12
P18 = 19
P19 = 31
P20 = 43
P21 = 55

Then, the multipliers
Q16 = 0
Q17 = 1
Q18 = 1.5
Q19 = 2
Q20 = 2.5
Q21 = 4

Then, replace the "1" in your original formula (the "True" condition of your IF statement) like so:

=IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP(Years,Bookmarks!C39:D43,2)),VLOOKUP(months,$P$16:$Q$21,2,TRUE),VLOOKUP(Years,Bookmarks!C39:D43,2))

Of course, I'm still assuming you're replacing the error value of "1" with the multiplier based on the months value.  If that's incorrect, you'll need to further clarify what you want to do.

-Glenn
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
ID: 37768365
You can use this formula without using a range

=VLOOKUP(month,{0,0;12,1;19,1.5;31,2;43,2.5;55,4},2)

if you need a not found condition you can use

=if(isna(VLOOKUP(month,{0,0;12,1;19,1.5;31,2;43,2.5;55,4},2)),1,VLOOKUP(month,{0,0;12,1;19,1.5;31,2;43,2.5;55,4},2))

or in 2007 or later

=iferror(VLOOKUP(month,{0,0;12,1;19,1.5;31,2;43,2.5;55,4},2),1)
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by:Jennifer Barman
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I tried the above query (Glenn).. following your directions.. but it now jsut say #N/A.. :(

any ideas?

ssaquhb... can you figure out how to add my existing formula with my new data.. I have to have the old data in the collection.
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by:Glenn Ray
ID: 37768673
CJ,

In any blank cell, insert the following formula:

=VLOOKUP(months,Bookmarks!$P$16:$Q$21,2,TRUE)

If the range/variable "months" is not blank and is a number, AND if you populated the range of P16:Q21 as I noted above, you will get a result.  The "Bookmarks!" part here may be what is missing.

-Glenn
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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=IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP(Years,Bookmarks!C39:D43,2)),1,VLOOKUP(Years,Bookmarks!C39:D43,2))+if(isna(VLOOKUP(month,{0,0;12,1;19,1.5;31,2;43,2.5;55,4},2)),1,VLOOKUP(month,{0,0;12,1;19,1.5;31,2;43,2.5;55,4},2))
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by:Rob Henson
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Just looking at some of the solutions provided and I notice that only Glenn's comment 37768673 has the TRUE/FALSE indicator for the lookup formula.

In theory without the indicator the lookup will never fail because it will return the closest match therefore the IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP...) will always go to the second option as the ISNA condition will not occur.

Thanks
Rob H
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