**Question description:**

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I am looking to return a percentage based of numerous criteria (which are embedded in vlookups). I need the formula to see if a percentage is greater than 0, if so, find the proper segment, rate with that segment, and return the proper percentage.

Solved by O. J. in 39 mins

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Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:18

Hello :)

User
07/02/2018 - 10:19

hello

User
07/02/2018 - 10:19

hope you are doing well

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:20

I am. Thank you. I hope you are as well!

User
07/02/2018 - 10:20

i will be doing better once i can get this working! lol

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:20

lol fair enough.

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:20

What are you trying to do?

User
07/02/2018 - 10:21

so i need to return the rate of commission based off multiple criteria

User
07/02/2018 - 10:21

cant share my whole file as it has company info

User
07/02/2018 - 10:21

the information is on multiple sheets and there are multiple vlookups

User
07/02/2018 - 10:22

i was looking into index, match, if statements

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:22

Okay, index match would be the way to go.

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:22

based on what you told me here.

User
07/02/2018 - 10:22

the growth rate is a formula, so it can pull back negative and positive percentages...if it is negative, it needs to say 0

User
07/02/2018 - 10:23

of if G4>0, please look at the segment that person is in, find the percentage of growth for that segment, and then return that percentage

User
07/02/2018 - 10:24

so since 13% is below 15%, it would come back to the 12.5% rate

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:24

So in your example which column is the segment?

User
07/02/2018 - 10:24

G3 is my reference for the segment

User
07/02/2018 - 10:24

G4 would be the rate

User
07/02/2018 - 10:24

i was trying to make it somewhat simple for myself, lol

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:26

hmmm.

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:26

ah, i see.

User
07/02/2018 - 10:27

sorry, hope i am explaining that properly!

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:27

You are, I'm looking at a solution now.

User
07/02/2018 - 10:27

excellent...thanks for looking into it!

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:28

I have everything except for the last part.

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:28

My pleasure :)

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:29

What is column C, the number you want to return?

User
07/02/2018 - 10:29

correct!

User
07/02/2018 - 10:29

that is the rate I need to come back

User
07/02/2018 - 10:29

for the percentage of growth...for that particular segment

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:30

So is it always a 2.5% increase?

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:30

as far as column B goes?

User
07/02/2018 - 10:31

that is what we have built right now, but it could change

User
07/02/2018 - 10:31

depending on the segment that we are looking at

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:31

Okay, if it changes, the solution I have may need to change.

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:31

However, if that increment stays the same, I have the perfect solution.

User
07/02/2018 - 10:31

we had been talking about utilizing tables...but was trying to avoid that and get it done without that

User
07/02/2018 - 10:31

well thats try that one first!

User
07/02/2018 - 10:31

:D

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:32

Okay, sounds great. One moment while I set it up.

User
07/02/2018 - 10:32

thank you!

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:32

You're very welcome :)

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:45

Please see G6.

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:46

It's not fully complete, but I'm just showing that it'll work.

User
07/02/2018 - 10:47

so you are using the percentage growth rates

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:47

Correct. I'm matching the segment with the growth rate.

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:48

In order to get the growth rates to match, I had to tier them with a massive nested if statement.

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:48

Then, it returns the value that matches both of those numbers in column c.

User
07/02/2018 - 10:48

so i will need to add a column with the growth rate in order to utilize this

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:49

No, I did that for my convenience in writing such a large formula.

User
07/02/2018 - 10:49

oh, lol

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:49

you can eliminate that table by hard-coding that table within the nested if.

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:49

So instead of if(and(G4>=$I$2,G4

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:50

it would be if(and(G4>=.025,g4<.05)

User
07/02/2018 - 10:50

yep, that makes sense

User
07/02/2018 - 10:50

only trouble would be if we changed the rates then

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:51

I would recommend you use tables though because once you change the rates, you can use a look up to find those numbers also.

User
07/02/2018 - 10:51

yeah, that is where it was starting to go...but i unfortunately am unfamiliar with utilizing those, so was trying to do a formula...sounds like if we are going to be changing things that tables def make more sense

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:52

Yep. absolutely.

User
07/02/2018 - 10:52

thank you very much for your help with this

User
07/02/2018 - 10:52

i really do appreciate it

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:52

You're very welcome. It has been my pleasure :)

User
07/02/2018 - 10:52

now to take it back and apply to my actual spreadsheet!

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:53

Do you understand the formulas I used and why?

User
07/02/2018 - 10:53

actually, as we have a few more minutes...

User
07/02/2018 - 10:53

i see the index is looking at the rate

User
07/02/2018 - 10:54

and you want to match international with an if statement due to the growth rate

User
07/02/2018 - 10:54

so it looks to the segment first

User
07/02/2018 - 10:54

then the growth...

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:54

Yup.

User
07/02/2018 - 10:55

and you have the rates in there which i can hard code

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:55

Oh, when you go to apply this to your spreadsheet, you have to convert it to an array by pressing cntrl+shft+enter.

User
07/02/2018 - 10:55

i did read that from earlier

User
07/02/2018 - 10:55

and it recognizes when you do that?

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:56

Yes, the array just allows you to store multiple concatenated words at the same time.

User
07/02/2018 - 10:56

ahhh, okay

User
07/02/2018 - 10:56

well thank you again for all of your help, i do appreciate you taking the time...and the explanation!

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 10:57

You're very welcome. Please rate your service after ending the session :)

User
07/02/2018 - 10:57

absolutely!