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Excel Array Lookup Formula

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


I have two tables as below. For formulas, assume “ID1” is on cell A1 and one blank row between tables so “ID” is on cell A4.

a    b    d    #N/A    formula_here

a      1/1/2015
b      1/2/2015
e      1/3/2015
d      1/4/2015
g      1/5/2015

In the formula, I want the id of the max date if id’s in that row. So in this case, out of a,b,d – the max date is d with 1/4/2015. So the I want the formula to output d.

I have the below so far but the #N/A throws it off. Without the N/A value, the below outputs the max date. However, I want the ID of the max date. And it should ignore N/A’s in the range. Note, all ID’s in table 1 will appear in table 2. But some id columns in table 1 may be N/A.

How to&Answers:

A much bigger and complex formula than expected, but it will take into account that a date can appear more than once in the data set. Be sure and enter with CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER.

=IF(SUM(IFERROR(MATCH(A2:D2,$A$6:$A$10,0),""))>0,LOOKUP(REPT("Z",255),IF(MAX(IF(FREQUENCY(IFERROR(MATCH(TRANSPOSE(A2:D2),$A$6:$A$10,0),""),ROW($B$6:$B$10)-ROW($B$6)+1),$B$6:$B$10))=IF(FREQUENCY(IFERROR(MATCH(TRANSPOSE(A2:D2),$A$6:$A$10,0),0),ROW($B$6:$B$10)-ROW($B$6)+1),$B$6:$B$10),$A$6:$A$10)),"No Match Found")

I also put in some additional error handling. The formula will return “No Match Found” if it is unable to find a match.

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Insert an “iferror”. In the example above, change the formula to: