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    VLOOKUP from bottom to top

    Hi Folks,

    I would like to perform a VLOOKUP operation & return values based on a match from bottom to top. By default, it would return the values corresponding to the top most match in the table array. I wanna do it the other way round.

    I know there should be a way to do this. May be by using the LOOKUP function. But, nothing is striking me right now.

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    Re: VLOOKUP from bottom to top

    Hi, you could try something like

    =LOOKUP(2,1/(A2:A100=C2),B2:B100)

    In the example C2 is what you are searching in A2:A100 for the correspondence in B2:B100.

    The number 2 can be substituted by any number greater than 1.

    Hoping it's a little step forward for your problem.

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    Re: VLOOKUP from bottom to top

    Well. That does solve the problem. Thanks a lot.

    Can I know what is the significance of the number 2 or any number greater than 1 in place of the first argument?

    Also, the significance of dividing 1 by the boolean array in the second argument. The Excel help doesn't mention anything about all this.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: VLOOKUP from bottom to top

    Hi, I've found a clear explanation

    http://www.eggheadcafe.com/software/...alue-in-a.aspx

    My elementary English would sound very strange (maybe funny).

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    Last edited by canapone; 05-22-2010 at 03:08 AM.

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    Re: VLOOKUP from bottom to top

    The link provided is excellent (unsurprising given the author - MS Excel MVP)

    FWIW - a reaffirmation if nothing more: http://www.excelforum.com/2252293-post5.html

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    Re: VLOOKUP from bottom to top

    What an explanation!!!

    That was a great piece of learning.

    Thanks,
    Karan

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    Re: VLOOKUP from bottom to top

    How can this be done using 2 variables? I want the formula find the last occurence of 2 criteria and return a value from a 3rd column in that same row. Can you nest a AND statement in it? Using the formula above, =LOOKUP(2,1/(A2:A100=C2),B2:B100), I would want not only to search for C2 in Column A but also value D2 in Column E and then return value from Column B like it was originally looking for.
    Last edited by zoefrannie; 08-16-2013 at 10:14 AM.

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    Re: VLOOKUP from bottom to top

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