#### Retrieving the Top 10 of the Average of Two columns, but displaying a third

```I'm new to Excel programing, so please bear with me.

I have an excel spreadsheet with 3 columns.

Column1        Column2         Column3
--------------------------------------
John Doe         5                3
Jane Smith       2                9
Bill Smith       4                2

What I need to do is take the average of Column 2 and 3,  find the
highest average of the entire list and display Column 1 as the final
result.

In other words: I need to create a Top 5 List of the people with the
highest grade average.  I don't care much for displaying the grade,  I
just need the top 5 names.

Can this be done with an excel formula or do I need to write a macro?
```
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gildoron (1)
8/11/2003 5:23:07 PM
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```You could do an advanced filter.

1. Create another column (say D) that averages each row of
columns B and C (assuming col 2 & 3) using:

=AVERAGE(B2:C2)

2. In an open cell (say G100) outside the data put:

=SUM(--(D2=LARGE(OFFSET(\$D\$1,1,,COUNT(D:D)),{1,2,3,4,5})))
>0

3. Click somewhere inside your data and go to Data >

4. In criteria range select G99:G100, ensuring G99 is
empty.

HTH
Jason
Atlanta, GA

>-----Original Message-----
>I'm new to Excel programing, so please bear with me.
>
>I have an excel spreadsheet with 3 columns.
>
>Column1        Column2         Column3
>--------------------------------------
>John Doe         5                3
>Jane Smith       2                9
>Bill Smith       4                2
>
>
>What I need to do is take the average of Column 2 and 3,
find the
>highest average of the entire list and display Column 1
as the final
>result.
>
>In other words: I need to create a Top 5 List of the
people with the
>highest grade average.  I don't care much for displaying
>just need the top 5 names.
>
>Can this be done with an excel formula or do I need to
write a macro?
>.
>
```
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jason.morin (561)
8/11/2003 7:18:28 PM
```Thought I had it with the following, but it bombs if two people or more in the top 5 have the same
average and gives the same name twice or more.  If they are all different though it's fine (But I
hate the fact it breaks, so I'll keep playing):-

With your data in A1:C100, select a vertical range of 5 cells anywhere outside the A1:C100 range
and array enter the following (CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER):-

=INDEX(\$A\$1:\$A\$100,MATCH(LARGE((\$B\$1:\$B\$100+\$C\$1:\$C\$100)/2,{1;2;3;4;5}),(\$B\$1:\$B\$100+\$C\$1:\$C\$100)/
2,0))

--
Regards
Ken.......................    Microsoft MVP - Excel
Sys Spec - Win XP Pro /  XL2K & XLXP

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Attitude - A little thing that makes a BIG difference
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"Gil Doron" <gildoron@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> I'm new to Excel programing, so please bear with me.
>
> I have an excel spreadsheet with 3 columns.
>
> Column1        Column2         Column3
> --------------------------------------
> John Doe         5                3
> Jane Smith       2                9
> Bill Smith       4                2
>
>
> What I need to do is take the average of Column 2 and 3,  find the
> highest average of the entire list and display Column 1 as the final
> result.
>
> In other words: I need to create a Top 5 List of the people with the
> highest grade average.  I don't care much for displaying the grade,  I
> just need the top 5 names.
>
> Can this be done with an excel formula or do I need to write a macro?

```
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ken.wright (2489)
8/11/2003 7:22:12 PM
```OK, my dimwitted brain has given up tonight - Just can't get past the duplicates issue and still
contain it all in a few cells.

Kludgy I'm afraid, but I need 3 helper columns that can be hidden or fonts changed to white, or
dragged off to the right of the spreadsheet somewhere.

In cell D1 put the following formula and copy down:-

=AVERAGE(B1:C1)

In cell E1 put the following formula and copy down:-

=IF(RANK(D1,\$D\$1:\$D\$100)<6,RANK(D1,\$D\$1:\$D\$100),"")

In cell F1 put the following formula and copy down:-

=IF(ISERROR((COUNTIF(\$E\$1:\$E1,E1)-1+E1)),"",(COUNTIF(\$E\$1:\$E1,E1)-1+E1))

Now select cells H1:H100 and enter the following formula by array entering it (CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER):-

=IF(ISERROR(INDEX(\$A\$1:\$A\$100,MATCH(ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&COUNT(E1:E100))),\$F\$1:\$F\$100,0))),"",INDEX(\$
A\$1:\$A\$100,MATCH(ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&COUNT(E1:E100))),\$F\$1:\$F\$100,0)))

That will display all the people that were ranked in the top 5 in the average listing.  They will
appear in Rank order, but for any duplicate rankings, they will appear in the list in the order
they appear on the sheet in your range A1:A100.  If the rankings are as follows:-

1
2
3
4
5

then you will get the top 5 names listed, but if the ramkings are as follows, which is what will
happen with any duplicate averages:-

1
2
2
4
4
4
4
4

then you will get each of their names in a list.  The length of the list will adjust automatically
depending on duplicates.

If you would like a copy of the workbook then just holler.

--
Regards
Ken.......................    Microsoft MVP - Excel
Sys Spec - Win XP Pro /  XL2K & XLXP

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Attitude - A little thing that makes a BIG difference
----------------------------------------------------------------------------

"Ken Wright" <ken.wright@NOSPAMntlworld.com> wrote in message
news:u6YEf3DYDHA.1056@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> Thought I had it with the following, but it bombs if two people or more in the top 5 have the
same
> average and gives the same name twice or more.  If they are all different though it's fine (But
I
> hate the fact it breaks, so I'll keep playing):-
>
> With your data in A1:C100, select a vertical range of 5 cells anywhere outside the A1:C100 range
> and array enter the following (CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER):-
>
>
=INDEX(\$A\$1:\$A\$100,MATCH(LARGE((\$B\$1:\$B\$100+\$C\$1:\$C\$100)/2,{1;2;3;4;5}),(\$B\$1:\$B\$100+\$C\$1:\$C\$100)/
> 2,0))
>
> --
> Regards
>            Ken.......................    Microsoft MVP - Excel
>                    Sys Spec - Win XP Pro /  XL2K & XLXP
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
>   Attitude - A little thing that makes a BIG difference
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>
>
> "Gil Doron" <gildoron@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> > I'm new to Excel programing, so please bear with me.
> >
> > I have an excel spreadsheet with 3 columns.
> >
> > Column1        Column2         Column3
> > --------------------------------------
> > John Doe         5                3
> > Jane Smith       2                9
> > Bill Smith       4                2
> >
> >
> > What I need to do is take the average of Column 2 and 3,  find the
> > highest average of the entire list and display Column 1 as the final
> > result.
> >
> > In other words: I need to create a Top 5 List of the people with the
> > highest grade average.  I don't care much for displaying the grade,  I
> > just need the top 5 names.
> >
> > Can this be done with an excel formula or do I need to write a macro?
>
>

```
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ken.wright (2489)
8/11/2003 8:22:27 PM

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