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formula that can be used to enter each number from the set with the lowest sum in separate cells.

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Hello
I have three sets of two numbers and would like to have a formula that can be used to enter each number from the set with the lowest sum in separate cells.
For example in the sets below, 115 and 74 would be entered in separate cells.  Thank you.

114      82
115      74
118      72
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Question by:Dave
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by:Danny Child
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This should do it, I think

If your data is in B2:C4, put this in B4, and copy it about:
=IF(SUM($B2:$C2)=MIN(SUM($B$2:$C$2),SUM($B$3:$C$3),SUM($B$4:C4)),B2,"")
ee---extract-min-sum-of-cells.xlsx
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by:Danny Child
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it does a sum of the 2 cells to the left, and then compares the result to the MIN value of the sums of all 3 pairs.  If it gets a match, it extracts the first one of the pairs.  

By copying it to the RH cell, and then down to all 4 others, it should cover all 3 pairs.

Beware that if you have 2 pairs with an equally low SUM, this will extract both of them.
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barry houdini earned 500 total points
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Assuming your data in B2:C4 as Dan does you can put this formula in F1

=INDEX(B2:B4,MATCH(MIN($B2:$B4+$C2:$C4),$B2:$B4+$C2:$C4,0))

confirm with CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER and copy to G1

That will give you the first pair that matches the lowest total....and can be easily extended for larger ranges

regards, barry
barry-extract-min-sum-of-cells.xlsx
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by:Dave
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Very quick accurate response.  Thanks
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