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Match next highest value

We can now match the next highest value in a lookup table using a formula that is based on INDEX and MATCH functions. To learn how this is done, read this post to the end.

Figure 1: How to match next highest value with MATCH and INDEX

General syntax of the formula

=INDEX(data, MATCH(lookup, values)+1)

Where;

  • Level- is the named range, A4:A8
  • Data- is the named range B4:B8

How the formula works

  • The formula has all the features of INDEX + MATCH.
  • Here, the MATCH is utilized to find the correct row number for the value specified, which in our case is value in cell E4. In the absence of the third argument, match_type, the MATCH function will approximate match based on its default settings and will return 2.
  • Note also that the level range is supplied in an array format. With 3 as the row number, the INDEX function will return “D” as the next highest value.

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index and match with duplicates. I need to use another column as a reference, so my return value has two match the value of two things for it to return
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Hello, I have a big spreadsheet in which I need to know how many patients came in each month based on provider. I am using the following formula but I still get the N/A error. =INDEX('No Show Appts Data'!D:E, MATCH(1, 'No Show Appts Data'!D:D='No Shows Data'!M2)*('No Shows Data'!E:E='No Shows Data'!N1),0)) No Show Appts Data is the name of the sheet where Column D is Month Year of date in question and Column E is the provider. No Shows Data is the sheet where I am making all the formula calculation where Column M is Month and Year and Column N is the provider in question and therefore M2 is the month in question and N1 the provider in question. How do I fix this error? Thanks
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I need to find an INDEX function that will convert the Call Day (a number 1-7) to the actual weekday found in row 1 of the DayofWeek named range. I don't know if I'm supposed to use the MATCH function as well or not.
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