Spy Journal 3.0 - MAX
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enFinding MAX date with an Array Formula in Excel
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<p>Last week I was struggling with getting an array formula to work properly with the MAX function.<br />
I had a column of business units, a column of dates and a status column.<br />
I wanted to find the most recent date for any given business unit where the status was a particular criteria.<br />
I did try using <a href="http://www.xldynamic.com/source/xld.SUMPRODUCT.html">Bob Phillip's sum product page</a> and <a href="http://www.cpearson.com/excel/ArrayFormulas.aspx">Chris Pearson's array formulas page</a>, but it still wasn't working right. Fortunately Bob emailed me with the answer and explained it very well. (I was missing the IF function).<br />
Heres the formula and what Bob said about it:<br />
=MAX(IF((criteria_range1="criteria1")* (criteria_range2="criteria2")* (criteria_range3="criteria3"), date_range))</p>
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If a cell in criteria_range1 meets that condition, it returns TRUE. If a cell in criteria_range2 meets that condition it too returns TRUE. Two TRUEs in the same row, which is AND, multiplied together give 1, any combination of FALSE/FALSE, FALSE/TRUE, TRUE/FALSE gives 0. Any non-zero amount is treated as True by Excel, 0 as False, so date_range evaluates to either its value or the non-true condition (False here as we don't have one). So you get a total array of value in date_range where all conditions are met, and False values, allowing MAX to do its bit on. As you can imagine, this works no matter how many conditions there are.
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<p><strong>My Notes:</strong><br />
The formula must be committed with CTRL SHIFT ENTER which puts the curly braces {} around the formula.<br />
The criteria ranges must all be the same shape (in this case 1 column wide by the same number of rows deep. I also used dynamic range names.)<br />
The "criteria" can be text or values entered in the formula inside "", or can be a cell reference to the criteria.</p>
http://spyjournal.biz/max_date_array_formula#commentsarray formulasExcelfunctionsIFMAXhttp://spyjournal.biz/crss/node/97Mon, 08 Oct 2007 22:15:14 +0000jethro97 at http://spyjournal.biz