Sum Larget Values

gsbelbin

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Hi
I have a list of values and I want to sum the largest n of these. Originally I was just summing the largest 3 and used the formula:-​

=SUM(LARGE(A2:A100,{1,2,3}))​

However I'd now like to enter a number in another cell which would then define the number of values to sum. So I need to make the {1,2,3} bit dynamic.​

Can anyone help?​

Cheers​

Gordon​
 

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njimack

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With your list of values in A2:A100 and the variable in B2, use:
=SUMIF($A$1:$A$20,">="&LARGE($A$1:$A$20,$B$2))
(confirmed with Ctrl+Shift+Enter)
 

Special-K99

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This seems to work

=SUM(LARGE(A2:A100,ROW(INDIRECT("2:"&C1))))

where C1 is the number of 'n'
 

gsbelbin

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Re: Sum Largest Values

Hi Neil
Your solution looked good but I noticed that if one of the top 3 values is duplicated then the sum will include all the duplicates of that value. Closer than I got but not quite there:)

Cheers

Gordon
 

gsbelbin

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Hi Special-K99
I'd seen a solution similar to yours on another site but couldn't get it to work. Then Irealised it was an array formula, first problem solved. However with yours as it stands it was ignoring the largest value so I changed the 2 to a 1 and it works fine now.

Thanks very much!!

Cheers

Gordon
 

Sandeep Warrier

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..Then I realised it was an array formula..
for a version that doesn't require CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER you can switch to SUMPRODUCT rather than SUM, i.e.

=SUMPRODUCT(LARGE(A2:A100,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&C1))))
 

gsbelbin

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Re: Sum Largest Values

Hi Sandeep
Thanks for your solution. I think I may have confused the issue with my second post. To illustrate, my top 5 values are 5615, 5583, 5579, 5579 and 5578. Neil's solution was including duplicates when I didn't want it to in that if I wanted the top 3 it would give the answer as 5615+5583+5579+5579. Yours is fine if I want the top 3; it gives 5615+5583+5579 which is correct. However if I want the top 4 yours gives 5615+5583+5579+5578 but I need it to include the other 5579 in this case. Special-K99's solution does exactly what I wanted.

Thanks again

Gordon
 

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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><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 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; 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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>

Let A1:A25 houses a relevant sample.

In order to sum strictly N largest values...

Option-1...

D2:

=SUMPRODUCT(LARGE(A1:A25,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&MIN(D1,COUNT(A1:A25))))))

which (or something similar) is often invoked.

Option-2...

D3:

=LARGE(A1:A25,MIN(D1,COUNT(A1:A25)))

E3:

=IF(COUNT(A1:A25)>D1,SUMIF(A1:A25,">"&D3)+(D1-COUNTIF(A1:A25,">"&D3))*D3,SUM(A1:A25))

The last two formulas process faster than the one in D2.
 

gsbelbin

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for a version that doesn't require CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER you can switch to SUMPRODUCT rather than SUM, i.e.

=SUMPRODUCT(LARGE(A2:A100,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&C1))))
Hi Barry
Even better!! This avoids the risk of forgetting to hit CSE. When I first posted the question I nearly said "I bet it involves SUMPRODUCT". It seems like 80% of the solutions on here use SUMPRODUCT!!

Just so I understand this better, can you describe what the
ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&C1)) part is doing?

Thanks very much

Gordon
 

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