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# Sequential occurances of less than value in excel

I'm looking for a formula that will return the value of 4 in cell A2.  It answers the question:  What is the maximum number of times in sequence was the value of -10 exceeded in A4:A16?

ThanksExample.xlsx
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Product Operations ManagerCommented:
Hi there,

My first response would be to create a countif formula such as: =COUNTIF(A4:A16,">-10")

However, where is your sequence within a4:a16 ? because that would add to the formula to get an answer of 4.
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EngineerCommented:
=COUNTIF(A4:A16,">"&A1)

but for the given data the answer is 7
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Try this but i don't know why your answer is 4 mine is 6
=FREQUENCY(A4:A16,A1)

Thanks
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Commented:
Put this array formula (Press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER) in A2:
``````=MAX(FREQUENCY(IF(A4:A16<=-10,ROW(A4:A16)),IF(A4:A16>-10,ROW(A4:A16))))
``````
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Author Commented:
Worked like a charm!
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will you pls explain the logic behind the  formula & why answer is 4?

Thanks You
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