Find lowest # in a column and return the value that is to the left of it

gerryger

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I want to find the lowest # in a column and upon finding that # I would like to return the value that is in the same row but in the column to the left of it.
 

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I want to find the lowest # in a column and upon finding that # I would like to return the value that is in the same row but in the column to the left of it.
If the #'s cover the range say B1:B100 (adjust to suit) try this:
Code:
=INDEX(A1:B100,MATCH(MIN(B1:B100),B1:B100,0),1)
 

Aladin Akyurek

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I want to find the lowest # in a column and upon finding that # I would like to return the value that is in the same row but in the column to the left of it.

Consider...

<TABLE style="WIDTH: 240pt; BORDER-COLLAPSE: collapse" border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=320><COLGROUP><COL style="WIDTH: 48pt" span=5 width=64><TBODY><TR style="HEIGHT: 14.4pt" height=19><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 48pt; HEIGHT: 14.4pt; BORDER-TOP: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63 height=19 width=64> </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 48pt; BORDER-TOP: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63 width=64> </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 48pt; BORDER-TOP: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63 width=64> </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 48pt; BORDER-TOP: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63 width=64> </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 48pt; BORDER-TOP: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63 width=64> </TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 14.4pt" height=19><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; HEIGHT: 14.4pt; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63 height=19>FAD</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63 align=right>3</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63> </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63> </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl64>Min</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 14.4pt" height=19><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; HEIGHT: 14.4pt; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63 height=19>KAD</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63 align=right>4</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63> </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63> </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63 align=right>3</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 14.4pt" height=19><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; HEIGHT: 14.4pt; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63 height=19>ZAD</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63 align=right>3</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63> </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63> </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63 align=right>2</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 14.4pt" height=19><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; HEIGHT: 14.4pt; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63 height=19>JAD</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63 align=right>5</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63> </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63> </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl64>List</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 14.4pt" height=19><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; HEIGHT: 14.4pt; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63 height=19>LAD</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63 align=right>7</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63> </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63> </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63>FAD</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 14.4pt" height=19><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; HEIGHT: 14.4pt; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63 height=19>YAD</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63 align=right>8</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63> </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63> </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63>ZAD</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 14.4pt" height=19><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; HEIGHT: 14.4pt; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63 height=19>RAD</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63 align=right>9</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63> </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63> </TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid" class=xl63> </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

A2:B8 houses a relevant sample.

E3, just enter:
Code:
=MIN(B2:B8)

E5, control+shift+enter, not just enter, and copy down:
Code:
=IF(ROWS($E$6:E6)<=$E$4,INDEX($A$2:$A$8,
   SMALL(IF($B$2:$B$8=$E$3,ROW($A$2:$A$8)-ROW($A$2)+1),
    ROWS($E$6:E6))),"")
 

Matty

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I think you may have missed out...

Code:
=COUNTIF(B2:B8,E3)

...for Cell E4 in your explanation, Aladin.

Matty
 

gerryger

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Consider...

<table style="width: 240pt; border-collapse: collapse;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="320"><colgroup><col style="width: 48pt;" width="64" span="5"></colgroup><tbody><tr style="height: 14.4pt;" height="19"><td style="border: 0.5pt solid windowtext; background-color: transparent; width: 48pt; height: 14.4pt;" class="xl63" width="64" height="19">
</td><td style="border-width: 0.5pt 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: solid solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent; width: 48pt;" class="xl63" width="64">
</td><td style="border-width: 0.5pt 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: solid solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent; width: 48pt;" class="xl63" width="64">
</td><td style="border-width: 0.5pt 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: solid solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent; width: 48pt;" class="xl63" width="64">
</td><td style="border-width: 0.5pt 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: solid solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent; width: 48pt;" class="xl63" width="64">
</td></tr><tr style="height: 14.4pt;" height="19"><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt; border-style: none solid solid; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent; height: 14.4pt;" class="xl63" height="19">FAD</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63" align="right">3</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63">
</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63">
</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl64">Min</td></tr><tr style="height: 14.4pt;" height="19"><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt; border-style: none solid solid; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent; height: 14.4pt;" class="xl63" height="19">KAD</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63" align="right">4</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63">
</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63">
</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63" align="right">3</td></tr><tr style="height: 14.4pt;" height="19"><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt; border-style: none solid solid; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent; height: 14.4pt;" class="xl63" height="19">ZAD</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63" align="right">3</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63">
</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63">
</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63" align="right">2</td></tr><tr style="height: 14.4pt;" height="19"><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt; border-style: none solid solid; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent; height: 14.4pt;" class="xl63" height="19">JAD</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63" align="right">5</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63">
</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63">
</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl64">List</td></tr><tr style="height: 14.4pt;" height="19"><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt; border-style: none solid solid; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent; height: 14.4pt;" class="xl63" height="19">LAD</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63" align="right">7</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63">
</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63">
</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63">FAD</td></tr><tr style="height: 14.4pt;" height="19"><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt; border-style: none solid solid; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent; height: 14.4pt;" class="xl63" height="19">YAD</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63" align="right">8</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63">
</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63">
</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63">ZAD</td></tr><tr style="height: 14.4pt;" height="19"><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt; border-style: none solid solid; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent; height: 14.4pt;" class="xl63" height="19">RAD</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63" align="right">9</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63">
</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63">
</td><td style="border-width: medium 0.5pt 0.5pt medium; border-style: none solid solid none; border-color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;" class="xl63">
</td></tr></tbody></table>

A2:B8 houses a relevant sample.

E3, just enter:
Code:
=MIN(B2:B8)
E5, control+shift+enter, not just enter, and copy down:
Code:
=IF(ROWS($E$6:E6)<=$E$4,INDEX($A$2:$A$8,
   SMALL(IF($B$2:$B$8=$E$3,ROW($A$2:$A$8)-ROW($A$2)+1),
    ROWS($E$6:E6))),"")


Excellent example....mainly because of the fact if there are more than 1 of the same lowest value... this formula will provide data based on all the occurrences instead of just the first found value which is what Vlookup does. This is what I was looking for. Thanks
 

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