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    Struggling with a Lookup Problem

    Greetings all!

    I have the following spreadsheet into which data is transferred from a database.

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    I have a Pay Table that must locate an employee's pay rate in an array (R4C6:R8C11) based on their name and year. The "Year" is updated from a database and so is the employee's name and hours in the Pay Table. I need to fill in R13C3:R19C3 by finding the employee's name in Column 4 and then matching their name in the Rate Lookup Table and bring down the proper rate for a given year. For example, I need to identify the employee's name as "Jim" then find "Jim" in the Rate Lookup Table and locate the appropriate rate by identifying the year ("2") and capturing the value (47.16).

    I've tried several combinations of VLOOKUP, INDEX/MATCH, and IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH))) functions and can't get them to work getting either NAME or VALUE errors.

    I'm using the latest Office 365 version of Excel.

    Anyone have any hints/strategies for doing this? Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Struggling with a Lookup Problem

    Post a small Excel sheet (not a picture) showing realistic & representative sample data WITHOUT confidential information (10-20 rows, not thousands...) and some manually calculated results. Just before posting, scroll down to GO ADVANCED, click, and then scroll down to MANAGE ATTACHMENTS and click again. Now follow the instructions at the top of that screen.

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    Re: Struggling with a Lookup Problem

    I've posted a sheet of representative data for review... I'm stumped and appreciate the help.
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    Re: Struggling with a Lookup Problem

    C13=IFERROR(INDEX($G$5:$K$8,MATCH($D13,$F$5:$F$8,0),MATCH($D$4,$G$4:$K$4,0)),"")

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    Re: Struggling with a Lookup Problem

    That's really something - works like a charm! I would have been struggling with this for weeks without thinking of this solution.

    Very grateful for your efforts. Now I just have to sort it how it all works so I understand.

    All best!

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    Re: Struggling with a Lookup Problem

    As because you are using O365, you can also make use of the new dynamic array formulas. In C13 you can enter:
    =XLOOKUP(D13:D19,$F$5:$F$8,XLOOKUP($D$4,G4:K4,G5:K8,"not found",0),"Not found",0)
    and you're done. No copying down needed.

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