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# Excel Lookup Formula

Posted on 2013-12-10
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Hello Experts,

In cell c1, I am creating a formula that will reference a % in cell a1 that is pulled from the table below  which is off to the side.  I want the formula to look at cell a1 to see the % but pull the # from the next higher level the %.  For example:  A1 is 50% so in the formula I want to use 75.  Is there are way to do this?

5.0%      50
6.5%      75
7.0%      90
7.5%      110
8.0%      130

Thank you!
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Question by:FFNStaff

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If A1 = 50%, please explain how you would expect the result to be 75.
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byundt earned 250 total points
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The easy way is to offset the second column of your lookup table one row higher. Un other words, the first column is the beginning of the bracket rather than the top.
0.00%      50
5.00%      75
6.50%      90
7.00%      110
7.50%      130
8.00%      to be determined

=VLOOKUP(A1,lookup table,2)

The harder way uses your existing layout:
=INDEX(lookup table column 2, MATCH(A1,lookup table column 1,1)+1)

Either way, you will want to make sure that your lookup table covers all possible values of A1. If not, then wrap your formulas inside IFERROR to return a default value:
=IFERROR(INDEX(lookup table column 2, MATCH(A1,lookup table column 1,1)+1),"not determined")
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I believe he meant A1 = 5.0% so the result should be 75 (taken from B2).

I'm not clear on what values you are expecting to be in C1 in the first place. Will this column contain a range of values that you want to find a corresponding match for in column A to then pull out a value from column B (adjacent and then one row down)? Will you then want the result of that lookup to appear in column D?
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Both the VLOOKUP and INDEX & MATCH formulas are expecting the first column of the lookup table to contain the lowest possible value in each bracket. So you may want to change the percentages to 5.01%, 6.51%, etc.
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guswebb earned 250 total points
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Is the attached file what you want? You will place values in column C which will be subjected to a lookup against column A and your result is posted in column D.
Book1.xlsx
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