Having this:

```
Class Min Max
Alfa 0 16.5
Beta 16.5 18.5
Charlie 18.5 25
Delta 25 30
```

And this:

```
Value X
35.52600894
26.27816853
29.53159178
29.84528548
26.77130341
25.07792506
19.2850645
42.77156244
29.11485934
29.5010482
19.30982162
```

I want a cell to have something like an IF statement (it’s got a few more values in it, not this small, it has 8 class). An IF statement this long would probably not work (IF limit of 7) and is an ugly way of doing it. I was thinking of using `hlookup`

, but I’m not sure if that’s the best bet.

I can also swap the columns within a table, so I could have “Min| Max| Class”

X values are in a column.

Basically: `=IF(X>=0 && X<16.5, Alpha, IF(X>=16.5 && X<18.5, Beta, IF(...`

I think you mean VLOOKUP and would be much better way to go.

Make a Ranges sheet like this

```
Min Class
0 Alfa
16.5 Beta
18.5 Charlie
25 Delta
30.5 Unidentified
```

In your detail sheet use formula “=VLOOKUP(A2,Ranges!A:B,2,TRUE)” [The True is important]

And you get

```
Value X Class
35.52600894 Unidentified
26.27816853 Delta
29.53159178 Delta
29.84528548 Delta
26.77130341 Delta
25.07792506 Delta
19.2850645 Charlie
42.77156244 Unidentified
29.11485934 Delta
29.5010482 Delta
19.30982162 Charlie
```

### Answer：

With your Max range named `MaxVal`

and your Class range named `Class`

, please try:

```
=IF(A2>30,"",INDEX(Class,MATCH(A2,MaxVal)))
```

(adjust references to suit).

=MATCH() here is using the `match_type`

parameter of `1`

: “The MATCH function will find the largest value that is less than or equal to value. You should be sure to sort your array in ascending order.

If the match_type parameter is omitted, the MATCH function assumes a match_type of 1.”

Any X value greater than `30`

returns a blank (`""`

) but text may be inserted to suit (eg `"Unidentified"`

instead of `""`

).

The formula could be simplified by removing the error trap, if a row were inserted immediately under the labels with `Alpha`

under `Class`

and `0`

under `Max`

. Also by removing the condition, in a similar way.

It is not necessary to specify both bounds of each range.

INDEX/MATCH was chosen rather than say VLOOKUP for reasons as given here.

PS For the Greek *alpha*bet α is usually Alpha.

*Edit re clarification*

The easiest fix for `25`

is `Delta`

rather than `Charlie`

may be to deduct a small amount from each Max value, eg change `25`

to =`25-1/1E100`

.

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