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    Return MAX date based on two criterias

    Hi there,

    did my investigation, but not success so far. Here's the scenario:

    Both Col-A & Col-B can be filled in or not. If Col-B is filled, Col-A is as well.

    Within Col-C, I need to retrieve the MAX date from Col-A, for that related "string" (and not for the empty cell). To do so, I need obviously to exclude (ie: using isnumber) the empty fields...

    Col-A Col-B Col-C
    empty empty
    1.2.2014 string1 1.8.2016
    empty empty
    1.9.2015 string2 1.8.2018
    1.8.2018 string2 1.8.2018
    empty empty
    1.8.2016 string1 1.8.2016

    I tried, sumproduct in conjunction with max, but can only retrieve the row reference, not the value itself... otherwise, it returns #values...

    Any ideas from your expert views?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Return MAX date based on two criterias

    Hi cedequ,
    Perhaps this

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    Re: Return MAX date based on two criterias

    Hi there,
    I already went through this solution, it works great (thank you), however I must avoid any array solutions (CES).
    Any alternate path to get this resolved, WITHOUT array type of solution?
    Thanks in advance for your support, much appreciated.


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    Hi cedequ,
    Perhaps this

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    Re: Return MAX date based on two criterias

    Hi cedequ,

    Which version of Excel is this for?

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    Re: Return MAX date based on two criterias

    Try

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    Re: Return MAX date based on two criterias

    Two non-array solutions:

    For 2010 or later:

    =AGGREGATE(14,,(B1:B100="string1")*A1:A100,1)

    For all versions:

    =MAX(INDEX((B1:B100="string1")*A1:A100,,))

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    Re: Return MAX date based on two criterias

    I think Fotis1991's answer is that one you looking for.

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    Re: Return MAX date based on two criterias

    And the winner is: XOR LX

    Thanks for suggesting the usage of aggregate (as I am using excel 2010), as this one is very handy to skip cell returning errors.

    I ended up, using the second parameter of aggregate (= 7), to discard errors:

    =AGGREGATE(14,7,(B1:B100="string1")*A1:A100,1)

    Other options listed above, requires that the scope does not contain empty / error cells, which I mentioned that I must address.

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    Re: Return MAX date based on two criterias

    Point is that you found your solution! So:

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