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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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Trying to enter a formula to show column header for highest value in a Row using INDEX and MATCH function. however my formula doesn't work
Solved by M. J. in 27 mins
The last argument in the VLOOKUP command is optional and shoould be either TRUE or FALSE. What is returned when the argument is TRUE? An exact or approximate match is returned. If an exact match is not found, the next smallest value that is more than lookup_value is returned.The data must be sorted in ascending order An exact or approximate match is returned. If an exact match is not found, the next largest value that is less than lookup_value is returned.The data must be sorted in ascending order An exact or approximate match is returned. If an exact match is not found, N/A is returned. The data can be in any order. An exact or approximate match is returned. If an exact match is not found, the next largest value that is less than lookup_value is returned.The data need not be sorted in any order
Solved by B. U. in 27 mins
I need a formula to match a value in cell D11, with the same value in either cells H2, H3 or H4 returning the value is the next cell (so if D11 matches the value in H3, it would return the value in I3)
Solved by M. Q. in 19 mins

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