# Calculate average of X largest / smallest numbers

Folks,
I am using the following function to calculate the average of the five largest numbers:
``````=AVERAGE(LARGE(A:A,{1,2,3,4,5}))
``````

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)
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Commented:
You can use a version like this

=AVERAGE(LARGE(A:A,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&C2))))

....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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Author Commented:
thank you - that got what I needed
Appreciate it
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