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MS Excel closest match lookup

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Take this example:

                              
                      Alison      Natalie      Ross              Actual      Mins Late                 Closest
Date                                    
10/01/2013      09:15      09:06      09:09      09:08      8                      Ross
11/01/2013      09:03      09:09      09:06      09:06      6                      Ross


I want to automatically put the name of the person who was closest to the estimated time in the "closest" cell once a value is entered in the "actual" time field. IE, check that days times, compare to "actual", and grab the name of who's "closest".

I'm completely stuck with how to do this - I guess it's something to do with a vlookup and an index, but I've never used index!

Thanks all :)
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krishnakrkc earned 500 total points
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HI

=INDEX($B$1:$D$1,MATCH(MIN(ABS(E3-B3:D3)),ABS(E3-B3:D3),0))

it's an array formula. Confirmed with CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER

where E3 holds actual time
B1:D1 names, B3:D3 times

Kris
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thank you that's great :)
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