#### Need help finding the right function, please

```The cells in Col A contain one of four values.  The cells in Col D
contain dates.  I want to return the highest date for each of the four
values.  I'm having a difficult time understanding how the different
look up functions work to allow me to get =(MAX(all dates in Cold D
where Col A = "x")).

The Help files for both LOOKUP and VLOOKUP indicate the values in the
column to be searched must be sorted in ascending order.  That can't
happen in this sheet.  I'm stuck with them as they are.

A drop-kick in the right direction would be much appreciated!!

Ed
```
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prof_ofwhat (194)
9/19/2008 8:24:26 PM
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```Try

=MAX(IF(A1:A50="x",D1:D50))

entered with ctrl + shift & enter

format result as date or you'll get a serial number

--

Regards,

Peo Sjoblom

"Ed from AZ" <prof_ofwhat@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> The cells in Col A contain one of four values.  The cells in Col D
> contain dates.  I want to return the highest date for each of the four
> values.  I'm having a difficult time understanding how the different
> look up functions work to allow me to get =(MAX(all dates in Cold D
> where Col A = "x")).
>
> The Help files for both LOOKUP and VLOOKUP indicate the values in the
> column to be searched must be sorted in ascending order.  That can't
> happen in this sheet.  I'm stuck with them as they are.
>
> A drop-kick in the right direction would be much appreciated!!
>
> Ed

```
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peo.sjoblom (169)
9/19/2008 8:35:54 PM
```This is an ARRAY formula that must be entered using ctrl+shift+enter

=MAX(IF(\$a\$1:\$a\$14="x",\$d\$1:\$d\$14))

--
Don Guillett
Microsoft MVP Excel
SalesAid Software
dguillett1@austin.rr.com
"Ed from AZ" <prof_ofwhat@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> The cells in Col A contain one of four values.  The cells in Col D
> contain dates.  I want to return the highest date for each of the four
> values.  I'm having a difficult time understanding how the different
> look up functions work to allow me to get =(MAX(all dates in Cold D
> where Col A = "x")).
>
> The Help files for both LOOKUP and VLOOKUP indicate the values in the
> column to be searched must be sorted in ascending order.  That can't
> happen in this sheet.  I'm stuck with them as they are.
>
> A drop-kick in the right direction would be much appreciated!!
>
> Ed

```
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dguillett1 (2488)
9/19/2008 8:46:05 PM
```Works like a champ!  All these look-ups, and all I needed was IF?!

Is there a primer somewhere that gives real-world data examples
(unlike the Help files!!) and shows which function best returns the
data needed?

Ed

On Sep 19, 1:35=A0pm, "Peo Sjoblom" <peo.sjob...@mvps.org> wrote:
> Try
>
> =3DMAX(IF(A1:A50=3D"x",D1:D50))
>
> entered with ctrl + shift & enter
>
> format result as date or you'll get a serial number
>
> --
>
> Regards,
>
> Peo Sjoblom
>
> "Ed from AZ" <prof_ofw...@yahoo.com> wrote in messagenews:2ba0b7eb-6839-4=
>
>
>
> > The cells in Col A contain one of four values. =A0The cells in Col D
> > contain dates. =A0I want to return the highest date for each of the fou=
r
> > values. =A0I'm having a difficult time understanding how the different
> > look up functions work to allow me to get =3D(MAX(all dates in Cold D
> > where Col A =3D "x")).
>
> > The Help files for both LOOKUP and VLOOKUP indicate the values in the
> > column to be searched must be sorted in ascending order. =A0That can't
> > happen in this sheet. =A0I'm stuck with them as they are.
>
> > A drop-kick in the right direction would be much appreciated!!
>
> > Ed- Hide quoted text -
>
> - Show quoted text -

```
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prof_ofwhat (194)
9/19/2008 9:08:29 PM
```There are some, I might create one on my homepage though

http://www.cpearson.com/excel/ArrayFormulas.aspx

--

Regards,

Peo Sjoblom

"Ed from AZ" <prof_ofwhat@yahoo.com> wrote in message
Works like a champ!  All these look-ups, and all I needed was IF?!

Is there a primer somewhere that gives real-world data examples
(unlike the Help files!!) and shows which function best returns the
data needed?

Ed

On Sep 19, 1:35 pm, "Peo Sjoblom" <peo.sjob...@mvps.org> wrote:
> Try
>
> =MAX(IF(A1:A50="x",D1:D50))
>
> entered with ctrl + shift & enter
>
> format result as date or you'll get a serial number
>
> --
>
> Regards,
>
> Peo Sjoblom
>
> "Ed from AZ" <prof_ofw...@yahoo.com> wrote in
>
>
>
> > The cells in Col A contain one of four values. The cells in Col D
> > contain dates. I want to return the highest date for each of the four
> > values. I'm having a difficult time understanding how the different
> > look up functions work to allow me to get =(MAX(all dates in Cold D
> > where Col A = "x")).
>
> > The Help files for both LOOKUP and VLOOKUP indicate the values in the
> > column to be searched must be sorted in ascending order. That can't
> > happen in this sheet. I'm stuck with them as they are.
>
> > A drop-kick in the right direction would be much appreciated!!
>
> > Ed- Hide quoted text -
>
> - Show quoted text -

```
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peo.sjoblom (169)
9/19/2008 9:21:29 PM

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