Calculate average of X largest / smallest numbers

I am using the following function to calculate the average of the five largest numbers:

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What I would like to be able to do is rather than hard code the function to find the X number of largest or smallest values is to enter in a cell the number. For example, cell C2 = the number of X largest numbers (acting like a variable) and C3 = the number of X smallest numbers (acting like a variable)
Frank FreeseAsked:
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barry houdiniCommented:
You can use a version like this


....but it's now an "array formula" so it needs to be confirmed with CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER

So if C2 contains 3 that will give you the average of the largest 3 numbers in column A

regards, barry

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Frank FreeseAuthor Commented:
thank you - that got what I needed
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