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Max from column of repeating numbers

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    Max from column of repeating numbers

    I have a spreadsheet that contains two columns. This is a sheet of the work items done by a person in a certain amount of time. As of now it looks something like this...
    1 Bob Smith
    2 Bob Smith
    3 Bob Smith
    4 Bob Smith
    5 Bob Smith
    6 Bob Smith
    7 Bob Smith
    1 Jane Doe
    2 Jane Doe
    3 Jane Doe
    4 Jane Doe
    5 Jane Doe
    1 Blah Moe
    2 Blah Moe
    3 Blah Moe
    4 Blah Moe

    If you look at the first column you can see that is just a count and when the name in the second column changes, the count starts over.

    What I am trying to do is find the max count for each person. So, for Bob it would be 7, Jane 5 and so on...

    Is there a formula I can use to extrapolate this? I tried a few things but wasn't able to get it to work. I need to end up at a point where I have a name and a number I can use in a chart.

    Thanks.

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    Try:

    =LOOKUP(2,1/(B1:B16="Bob Smith"),A1:A16)

    where A1:A16 contains the counts in ascending order and B1:B16 contain the names...

    you can replace the name in the formula with a cell reference containing the name.
    Where there is a will there are many ways.

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    worked great, thx

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