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Using "index", "match", "min", "abs", to find the closest value in multiple criteria

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    Using "index", "match", "min", "abs", to find the closest value in multiple criteria

    Hi Guys,

    I've been having a hard time to create a formula to make this easy,
    I just want to get the Closest or Nearest Actual time of our trucks to the shops, vs their Approved target time in the shops.

    I've been using =Index,Match,Min,Abs for this but it seems like it works only for a single criteria.
    In my case, I have 3 criteria to match in 1.

    Lets say that in column A is Shop Name, column B is Approved Time, & column C is their Actual Time at the shop, and I need to get what is the nearest actual time per shops vs in their target from July 14-21, 2017
    and this is my search value: in column D is Shop Name, (same in Column A), column E is Approve Time (same in Column B), & column F is the nearest actual time that I need to compare to (column C).

    Hope you can help me with this.

    thank you, very much.

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    Re: Using "index", "match", "min", "abs", to find the closest value in multiple criteria

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    Re: Using "index", "match", "min", "abs", to find the closest value in multiple criteria

    Here is the attached file,

    Answer in Manual:

    Let's Say that in column A shop name MD LEE PLAZA has approved time of 12pm, so the nearest actual time should be 12:15pm

    thank you.
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