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    How to find closest values in multiple columns and return adjacent values.

    In the attached file you will see that the date/time stamps in the 4 columns don't match up, so initially I need to identify which cells in the 3 columns on the right are closest to the one on the left. For example in column 1 we have 20/09/2012 01:23. In column 3 the closest value to that would be 20/09/2012 01:19, column 5 20/09/2012 01:23, and column 7 20/09/2012 01:18.

    That is part 1 - identifying the closest value to the original set.

    Part 2. Once this is done then I need to display the corresponding value to the right of the date/time. For example if the closest date/time in column 3 is 20/09/2012 01:19, the value I need to display would be 19.1

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    Essentially the whole point of this is I need to average the little numbers to the right of each time and date, but obviously need to identify the corresponding numbers in each column and match them up before I can average the 4 of them.

    Any help would be AMAZING - I have been banging my head against a brick wall for days...Test.xls

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    Re: How to find closest values in multiple columns and return adjacent values.

    See if this come close.

    I made it with VLookup.
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    Re: How to find closest values in multiple columns and return adjacent values.

    Patrician,

    Welcome to the forum!
    Using your example file and if I understand you correctly, the expected output should be 19.325 = (19.2+19.1+20.4+18.6)/4
    If that is the case, then in cell J1 and copied down use this formula:
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    Re: How to find closest values in multiple columns and return adjacent values.

    Amazing work guys, I will probably be using oeldere's formula for simplicity, but I have one small problem in that the formula doesn't allow for matching times. For example if I am looking for the number closest to 11:23pm in another column it won't return any exact matches, only the number closest to it. So if 11:23 does in fact exist in the second column, it will instead look for 11:24 or 11:22. Do you know what might be causing this?

    Thanks again!

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    Re: How to find closest values in multiple columns and return adjacent values.

    Amazing work guys, I will probably be using oeldere's formula for simplicity, but I have one small problem in that the formula doesn't allow for matching times. For example if I am looking for the number closest to 11:23pm in another column it won't return any exact matches, only the number closest to it. So if 11:23 does in fact exist in the second column, it will instead look for 11:24 or 11:22. Do you know what might be causing this?

    Thanks again!

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    Re: How to find closest values in multiple columns and return adjacent values.

    If you need an exact match, you can use the formula below.

    J1 =
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