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Find the position of the max value in a list

With the help of the MAX and MATCH functions in excel, we can now easily get the position of the maximum value in excel. This post provides a clear guide on how to use these functions to get the position of the max value in list.

Figure 1: Finding position of max value in list

General syntax of the formula

=MATCH(MAX(range),range,0)

Where;

Range- refers to the range of values from which you want to find the position of the maximum value.

Understanding the formula

The combination of the MATCH and MAX functions in excel is very fundamental when it comes to getting the position of the maximum value.

How the formula works

  • The formula is composed of two functions, the MATCH and MAX functions.
  • Each of these functions play a fundamental role in making it possible for us to get the position of the max value.
  • In the formula, the MAX function first extracts the maximum value from the supplied range. In the above case. The maximum value in the range is $5000
  • The MAX function then supplies the max value to the MATCH function as a lookup value.
  • Note that the lookup array is actually same as the range.
  • We are also supposed to set the match_type to exact with the 0
  • The MATCH function will then locate the maximum value in the range and return its relative position.
  • The position can be that of a row number or a column number depending on the situations

Example

Figure 2: Example of how to find the relative position of max value in list

In this example, we want to find the relative position of the maximum value in the range F6:F12

To do this, we proceed as follows;

Step 1: Set up the data in the table as shown above

Step 2: Indicate where you want the result to appear

Step 3: In cell H7, put the formula =MATCH(MAX(F6:F12),F6:F12,0)

Step 4: Press enter to get the relative position of the maximum value.

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