# Array's In Excel

#### skay4242

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I am attempting to sort 3 numbers and return the lowest non zero number. The following formula works: {=MIN(IF((D5:D7)>0,(D5:D7)))}

However the location of the numbers D5:D7 are scattered and not next to each other. Is there a way to use arrays with multiple references that are separated? ie {D5,D7,E2}

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Two options...

A) Apply the aary formula to a range of consecutive cells to which you can link the non-consecutive cells;

(B) array-enter:

=MIN(IF(SETV(EVAL(CHAR(123)&D5&","&D7&","&E2&CHAR(125))),GETV()))

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This message was edited by Aladin Akyurek on 2002-09-23 11:16

Thanks for the assistance. As it turns out I went back to the original 3 cells and altered the formulas to give only one result. The first solution also does not work due to the fact that i really have three matrices of data with which I need to compare. Putting each sell next to each other slows down the processing. I am running 10000 monte carlo simulations around the data sets so speed is crucial. Thanks again.

On 2002-09-23 11:34, skay4242 wrote:
Thanks for the assistance. As it turns out I went back to the original 3 cells and altered the formulas to give only one result. The first solution also does not work due to the fact that i really have three matrices of data with which I need to compare. Putting each sell next to each other slows down the processing. I am running 10000 monte carlo simulations around the data sets so speed is crucial. Thanks again.

Try B to see whether that works.

Hi,

Actually another options (at least it worked for me ) is available:

=IF(MIN(Arrays)=0,SMALL(Arrays,2),MIN(Arrays))

Where the name Array refer to the range.

This is an array-formula which means that it´s entered with Ctrl´+SHift+Enter and XL will confirm by using brackets {} around the formula,

{=IF(MIN(Arrays)=0,SMALL(Arrays,2),MIN(Arrays))}

Kind regards,
Dennis

On 2002-09-23 14:14, XL-Dennis wrote:
Hi,

Actually another options (at least it worked for me ) is available:

=IF(MIN(Arrays)=0,SMALL(Arrays,2),MIN(Arrays))

Where the name Array refer to the range.

This is an array-formula which means that it´s entered with Ctrl´+SHift+Enter and XL will confirm by using brackets {} around the formula,

{=IF(MIN(Arrays)=0,SMALL(Arrays,2),MIN(Arrays))}

Kind regards,
Dennis

Try when Arrays refer to the nonconsec range with values...

D5=0
D7=3
E2=0

Aladin,

You may laugh but back to the OP´s question (only 3 cells....) and in view of Your finding we can expand the formula to cover all possibilities with nested IF-statements, right?

See below answer from me

Kind regards,
Dennis
This message was edited by XL-Dennis on 2002-09-23 15:15

The formula was not correct.
This message was edited by Dave Patton on 2002-09-23 15:36

Dave,

I can´t get Your solution to work?

Nevertheless, Aladin take a look on this solution and see if You beat this "horrible" formula :wink:
Diverse1.xls
ABCDEFGH
1
200
3
41
5
61
7
8Array=Blad1!\$E\$2;Blad1!\$C\$2;Blad1!\$E\$4
9
10
Blad1

Kind regards,
Dennis

[...] You may laugh

I've been punished... My Netscape has now that grinning face as background I can't get rid off. Did you do that to me by any chance?

but back to the OP´s question (only 3 cells....) and in view of Your finding we can expand the formula to cover all possibilities with nested IF-statements, right?

My question is to You:

Is it possible or not?

Yeah, right. If it's just a few cells, it's no doubt a viable option. I have no idea though what the performance will be as part of the solver model the OP appears to use.

Aladin

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