We can get the nth match of a data with the **VLOOKUP** function. This can help us to organize data so that if we are looking for a value, it will be displayed. The steps below will walk through the process.

*Figure 1: Result of the nth match with VLOOKUP*

**General formula**

**=VLOOKUP(id_formula,table,4,0)**

**Formula**

**=VLOOKUP(id&"-"&I6,data,4,0)**

**Setting up The Data**

We will input the data as shown in figure 2 into the respective columns and cells.

* Figure 2: Setting up the data to get the nth match with VLOOKUP*

**Setting up the Helper Column**

- We will click on Cell B4
- We will insert the formula below into
**Cell B4**

**=D4&"-"&COUNTIF($D$4:D4,D4)**

- We will click on enter

* Figure 3: Setting up the Helper Column to get the nth match with VLOOKUP*

- We will use the drop-down feature to complete the values for the helper column

* Figure 4: Setting up the Helper Column to get the nth match with VLOOKUP*

**Finding the Nth Match**

- We will click on
**Cell J6** - We will insert the formula below into Cell J6

**=VLOOKUP(J3&"-"&I6,B4:G11,4,0)**

* Figure 5: Finding the nth match with VLOOKUP*

- We will click on enter

* Figure 6: Finding the nth match with VLOOKUP*

- We will input the formula below into
**Cell J7**and repeat the steps

**=VLOOKUP(J3&"-"&I7,B4:G11,4,0)**

* Figure 7: Result of the nth match with VLOOKUP*

**Explanation **

- Helper Column

We use the helper column to construct an identity that includes the count. The formula we used to create the helper column from the steps builds a unique lookup value based on the **worker ID** and a counter that detects the number of times the unique ID has been displayed in the data table.

- COUNTIF Function

The COUNTIF function is used to generate a **running count** of the ID in the data. For instance, Cell B4 and Cell B10 is an example of a running count.

- VLOOKUP Function

**VLOOKUP** is used for getting values from the table, taking into cognizance the “nth” occurrence.

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