#### Find max value from 3 cells, return text, but 2 max values same!

```Hi,
I'm using a simple formula to find and return the maximum value from 3
compared columns (N, Q & T) and place that max value in column U (same row).
Equation in column U is:

=MAX(N3,Q3,T3)

SK17                     EC3                      PL2    Max  Text
N       O       P       Q       R       S       T       U       V

3       6                          5                         1       6
4       6                          3                         3       6
5       5                          5                         2       5
6       1                          4                         1       4
7       5                          3                         5       5
8       2                          7                         0       7
9       1                          1                         1       1
10     9                          0                         4       9

That works fine but my problem is I want to return a text note in column V
based on which column has supplied the max value. However, if the same max
value is in 2 or even all 3 of the checked columns, I need column V to simple
display an "X", as illustrated below.

SK17                     EC3                      PL2    Max   Text
N       O       P       Q       R       S       T       U       V

3       6                          5                         1       6
SK17
4       6                          3                         3       6
SK17
5       5                          5                         2       5
X
6       1                          4                         1       4
EC3
7       5                          3                         5       5
X
8       2                          7                         0       7
EC3
9       1                          1                         1       1
X
10     9                          0                         4       9
SK17

I'm OK until two max values match but then it all falls apart.
As always any advice will be gratefully received.
Thanks,
Steve.
```
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3/5/2009 4:49:00 PM
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```Hi,

Show us the formula you currently have which works for one max value.

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Cheers,
Shane Devenshire

"Struggling in Sheffield" wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm using a simple formula to find and return the maximum value from 3
> compared columns (N, Q & T) and place that max value in column U (same row).
> Equation in column U is:
>
> =MAX(N3,Q3,T3)
>
>       SK17                     EC3                      PL2    Max  Text
>          N       O       P       Q       R       S       T       U       V
>
> 3       6                          5                         1       6
> 4       6                          3                         3       6
> 5       5                          5                         2       5
> 6       1                          4                         1       4
> 7       5                          3                         5       5
> 8       2                          7                         0       7
> 9       1                          1                         1       1
> 10     9                          0                         4       9
>
> That works fine but my problem is I want to return a text note in column V
> based on which column has supplied the max value. However, if the same max
> value is in 2 or even all 3 of the checked columns, I need column V to simple
> display an "X", as illustrated below.
>
>       SK17                     EC3                      PL2    Max   Text
>          N       O       P       Q       R       S       T       U       V
>
> 3       6                          5                         1       6
> SK17
> 4       6                          3                         3       6
> SK17
> 5       5                          5                         2       5
>  X
> 6       1                          4                         1       4
> EC3
> 7       5                          3                         5       5
>  X
> 8       2                          7                         0       7
> EC3
> 9       1                          1                         1       1
>  X
> 10     9                          0                         4       9
> SK17
>
> I'm OK until two max values match but then it all falls apart.
> As always any advice will be gratefully received.
> Thanks,
> Steve.
```
 0
3/5/2009 4:55:01 PM
```Hi,
I deleted it (!) though I think it was this simple beasty below:

=IF(N3=U3,"SK17",IF(Q3=U3,"EC3",IF(T3=U3,"PL2")))

All this did of course is return the first occuring high value if there were
2 or more. I've chewed over many variations to give an "X" if two (or more)
equal max values occur but to no avail.

"Struggling in Sheffield" wrote:

Hi,
I'm using a simple formula to find and return the maximum value from 3
compared columns (N, Q & T) and place that max value in column U (same row).
Equation in column U is:

=MAX(N3,Q3,T3)

SK17                  EC3                   PL2   Max  Text
N      O      P      Q      R      S      T      U       V
3          6                       5                      1       6
4          6                       3                      3       6
5          5                       5                      2       5
6          1                       4                      1       4
7          5                       3                      5       5
8          2                       7                      0       7
9          1                       1                      1       1
10        9                       0                      4       9

That works fine but my problem is I want to return a text note in column V
based on which column has supplied the max value. However, if the same max
value is in 2 or even all 3 of the checked columns, I need column V to simple
display an "X", as illustrated below.

SK17               EC3                PL2  Max   Text
N     O     P     Q     R     S     T     U       V
3          6                    5                   1       6     SK17
4          6                    3                   3       6     SK17
5          5                    5                   2       5      X
6          1                    4                   1       4     EC3
7          5                    3                   5       5      X
8          2                    7                   0       7     EC3
9          1                    1                   1       1      X
10        9                    0                   4       9    SK17

I'm OK until two max values match but then it all falls apart.
As always any advice will be gratefully received.
Thanks,
Steve.
```
 0
3/5/2009 5:44:06 PM
```do the empty columns need to be there?  if the three columns could have data
side by side, instead of in N, Q, T, the following will get you started:

=IF(COUNTIF(N3:P3,Q3)>1,"X",IF(N3=Q3,"SK17",IF(O3=Q3,"EC3",IF(P3=Q3,"PL2"))))

hope that helps,

doing my bit
jat

"Struggling in Sheffield" wrote:

> Hi,
> I deleted it (!) though I think it was this simple beasty below:
>
> =IF(N3=U3,"SK17",IF(Q3=U3,"EC3",IF(T3=U3,"PL2")))
>
> All this did of course is return the first occuring high value if there were
> 2 or more. I've chewed over many variations to give an "X" if two (or more)
> equal max values occur but to no avail.
>
> "Struggling in Sheffield" wrote:
>
> Hi,
> I'm using a simple formula to find and return the maximum value from 3
> compared columns (N, Q & T) and place that max value in column U (same row).
> Equation in column U is:
>
> =MAX(N3,Q3,T3)
>
>          SK17                  EC3                   PL2   Max  Text
>             N      O      P      Q      R      S      T      U       V
> 3          6                       5                      1       6
> 4          6                       3                      3       6
> 5          5                       5                      2       5
> 6          1                       4                      1       4
> 7          5                       3                      5       5
> 8          2                       7                      0       7
> 9          1                       1                      1       1
> 10        9                       0                      4       9
>
> That works fine but my problem is I want to return a text note in column V
> based on which column has supplied the max value. However, if the same max
> value is in 2 or even all 3 of the checked columns, I need column V to simple
> display an "X", as illustrated below.
>
>          SK17               EC3                PL2  Max   Text
>             N     O     P     Q     R     S     T     U       V
> 3          6                    5                   1       6     SK17
> 4          6                    3                   3       6     SK17
> 5          5                    5                   2       5      X
> 6          1                    4                   1       4     EC3
> 7          5                    3                   5       5      X
> 8          2                    7                   0       7     EC3
> 9          1                    1                   1       1      X
> 10        9                    0                   4       9    SK17
>
> I'm OK until two max values match but then it all falls apart.
> As always any advice will be gratefully received.
> Thanks,
> Steve.
```
 0
JAT (5)
3/6/2009 7:39:02 AM
```Hi jat,
Sorry but the 'empty' columns aren't empty, I've just omitted other data to
simplify the problem.
Cheers,
Steve.

"jat" wrote:

> do the empty columns need to be there?  if the three columns could have data
> side by side, instead of in N, Q, T, the following will get you started:
>
> =IF(COUNTIF(N3:P3,Q3)>1,"X",IF(N3=Q3,"SK17",IF(O3=Q3,"EC3",IF(P3=Q3,"PL2"))))
>
> hope that helps,
>
> doing my bit
> jat
>
>
> "Struggling in Sheffield" wrote:
>
> > Hi,
> > I deleted it (!) though I think it was this simple beasty below:
> >
> > =IF(N3=U3,"SK17",IF(Q3=U3,"EC3",IF(T3=U3,"PL2")))
> >
> > All this did of course is return the first occuring high value if there were
> > 2 or more. I've chewed over many variations to give an "X" if two (or more)
> > equal max values occur but to no avail.
> >
> > "Struggling in Sheffield" wrote:
> >
> > Hi,
> > I'm using a simple formula to find and return the maximum value from 3
> > compared columns (N, Q & T) and place that max value in column U (same row).
> > Equation in column U is:
> >
> > =MAX(N3,Q3,T3)
> >
> >          SK17                  EC3                   PL2   Max  Text
> >             N      O      P      Q      R      S      T      U       V
> > 3          6                       5                      1       6
> > 4          6                       3                      3       6
> > 5          5                       5                      2       5
> > 6          1                       4                      1       4
> > 7          5                       3                      5       5
> > 8          2                       7                      0       7
> > 9          1                       1                      1       1
> > 10        9                       0                      4       9
> >
> > That works fine but my problem is I want to return a text note in column V
> > based on which column has supplied the max value. However, if the same max
> > value is in 2 or even all 3 of the checked columns, I need column V to simple
> > display an "X", as illustrated below.
> >
> >          SK17               EC3                PL2  Max   Text
> >             N     O     P     Q     R     S     T     U       V
> > 3          6                    5                   1       6     SK17
> > 4          6                    3                   3       6     SK17
> > 5          5                    5                   2       5      X
> > 6          1                    4                   1       4     EC3
> > 7          5                    3                   5       5      X
> > 8          2                    7                   0       7     EC3
> > 9          1                    1                   1       1      X
> > 10        9                    0                   4       9    SK17
> >
> > I'm OK until two max values match but then it all falls apart.
> > As always any advice will be gratefully received.
> > Thanks,
> > Steve.
```
 0
3/6/2009 9:55:01 AM
```Managed to find a solution myself.

For those who are interested, U3 contains max value from three compared
cells (N3,Q3 & T3) using formula:
=MAX(N3,Q3,T3)

Inserted another column between U & V.

Formula in new column (row 3):
=LARGE(N3:Q3:T3,2)
This finds the second largest value from the three compared cells.

Formula then in the "text" column (was column V but now W)
=IF(V3=U3,"X",IF(N3=U3,"SK17",IF(Q3=U3,"EC3",IF(T3=U3,"PL2"))))

The largest value from the three compared cells (N3,Q3,T3) is placed in U3
except when the largest value isn't unique (2nd largest value (in V3) is the
same), in which case an "X" is returned.
Finished off by hiding the newly inserted column.
Cheers.

"Struggling in Sheffield" wrote:

> Hi jat,
> Sorry but the 'empty' columns aren't empty, I've just omitted other data to
> simplify the problem.
> Cheers,
> Steve.
>
> "jat" wrote:
>
> > do the empty columns need to be there?  if the three columns could have data
> > side by side, instead of in N, Q, T, the following will get you started:
> >
> > =IF(COUNTIF(N3:P3,Q3)>1,"X",IF(N3=Q3,"SK17",IF(O3=Q3,"EC3",IF(P3=Q3,"PL2"))))
> >
> > hope that helps,
> >
> > doing my bit
> > jat
> >
> >
> > "Struggling in Sheffield" wrote:
> >
> > > Hi,
> > > I deleted it (!) though I think it was this simple beasty below:
> > >
> > > =IF(N3=U3,"SK17",IF(Q3=U3,"EC3",IF(T3=U3,"PL2")))
> > >
> > > All this did of course is return the first occuring high value if there were
> > > 2 or more. I've chewed over many variations to give an "X" if two (or more)
> > > equal max values occur but to no avail.
> > >
> > > "Struggling in Sheffield" wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi,
> > > I'm using a simple formula to find and return the maximum value from 3
> > > compared columns (N, Q & T) and place that max value in column U (same row).
> > > Equation in column U is:
> > >
> > > =MAX(N3,Q3,T3)
> > >
> > >          SK17                  EC3                   PL2   Max  Text
> > >             N      O      P      Q      R      S      T      U       V
> > > 3          6                       5                      1       6
> > > 4          6                       3                      3       6
> > > 5          5                       5                      2       5
> > > 6          1                       4                      1       4
> > > 7          5                       3                      5       5
> > > 8          2                       7                      0       7
> > > 9          1                       1                      1       1
> > > 10        9                       0                      4       9
> > >
> > > That works fine but my problem is I want to return a text note in column V
> > > based on which column has supplied the max value. However, if the same max
> > > value is in 2 or even all 3 of the checked columns, I need column V to simple
> > > display an "X", as illustrated below.
> > >
> > >          SK17               EC3                PL2  Max   Text
> > >             N     O     P     Q     R     S     T     U       V
> > > 3          6                    5                   1       6     SK17
> > > 4          6                    3                   3       6     SK17
> > > 5          5                    5                   2       5      X
> > > 6          1                    4                   1       4     EC3
> > > 7          5                    3                   5       5      X
> > > 8          2                    7                   0       7     EC3
> > > 9          1                    1                   1       1      X
> > > 10        9                    0                   4       9    SK17
> > >
> > > I'm OK until two max values match but then it all falls apart.
> > > As always any advice will be gratefully received.
> > > Thanks,
> > > Steve.
```
 0
3/7/2009 4:34:07 PM

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