# Find Number Closest To X?

Aug 14, 2013
Say i had a col of random numbers, and their corresponding probabilities of occurring;

-32.33

0.001497

-35

0.001523

-32.06876

0.001551

-29

0.001579

10

0.001607

7

0.001636

-31.54628

0.001665

-18

0.001695

Neglect the nature of the sample, its just gibberish and not of concern here. The question is, if i enter a value in column C, how do i find the closest corresponding number to it in col A, and subsequently return its nearest corresponding probability from col B? For example, say i entered 8 in C1, then the formula would need to find the closest number to 8 in col A, which is 7, and return from col B the value of 0.001636.

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Dec 4, 2009

I need to find which number in a row would be closest to zero, then display the associated name. The number can be negative. I used this, which works well if all the numbers are positive: =INDEX($C$1:$E$1,MATCH(MIN(C66:E66),C66:E66,0)). I'm running into a problem when the closest number is negative.

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May 24, 2006

I needed to know how to find the closest match to a reference number

regardless of whether its larger or smaller. I did a search and found a post

back in March that said to use the following:

=SUMPRODUCT(((ABS(list-target))=MIN(ABS(list-target)))*list)

I applied it to my application and it works, I just have no idea why. Can

anyone explain this formula to me or tell me where I can find a good

resource.

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Oct 30, 2009

I am working on payment/cost estimator and am looking for some ideas and formula or macro help. Basically what I am trying to do is set up a calculator where you would input the payment you could afford and it will tell you how much you can spend on the equipment.

The problems I am running into are that when you factor in the interest rate and commission, the payments are round numbers so I need the formula to find the closest value.

Example- $250 payment. The payments in the table w/ the interest rates are $158, $248 and $350. I would need it to pick the corresponding equipment cost for the $248 payment.

Make sense?

If a macro would be easier I am fine with that, just have limited experience setting one up.

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May 6, 2009

In the attached sheet, I am using !Staff times columns N and O to nominate a mid point break time relevant to the start,lunch break and finish times of a shift.

What I would like to do is match the result to the closest time from !Race Times Column D (highlighted green). So if for example the mid point of the shift is 10:37 (as in !Staff Times cell N23), it actually comes back with the !Race Times result of 10:35 which is the closest actual race.

Ideally I would like it to look both sides of the midpoint time until it came to the closest match, rather than always looking at an earlier time, or always a later time (eg the cell N79 has a value of 11:36, however the 2 race times are 11:35 and 11:40. Preference is it shows 11:35). If however the N79 result was 11:38 or 11:39, I would prefer it went to 11:40).

However if this is not possible then picking the next time in either direction will do.

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Jun 30, 2009

Got an equation nightmare on my hands.

So i have 3 columns of data

A: State Abbreviate

B: Benchmark Number

C: New Number

I am trying to get an equation that in column D will return the 2 .....

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Aug 24, 2009

I have a list of numbers Example:

8.325,8.2,8.075,7.95,7.825,7.7,7.575,7.45,7.325,7.2,7.075,6.95,6.825,6.7,6.575,6.45,6.325,6.2,6.075,5.95,5.825,5.7,5.575 ,5.45,5.325 ect

Then I have a formula solving for a number, but I may get 6.00, which is not in my list. I want to have a "seek down" and display 5.95 (as it is in the list) and not 6.00. I will always seek for a lower number. Is this possible with a formula.

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Dec 26, 2012

I have a list with all our company cars (300). I also have a list with all the transactions of the fuel cards (12000 lines). Now I need the find for every company car (exact match) the nearest fuel-consumption-date (closest match to the given starting date) and take the mileage of that transaction. I've added an example. I have tried linking carnr and date (like carnr&"#"&date) and match these, but I don't always get the right car number.

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Apr 9, 2014

I cells B5:B15 I have a list of dates from last year. I need a formula that I can put in cell D5 that gives me the date that is closest to the same day last year.

Example:

If today is 4/9/14

and

From B5:B15 there were the following dates:

3/12/13

3/19/13

3/29/13

4/5/13

4/8/13

4/12/13

5/6/13

5/29/13

Cell D5 would contain

4/8/13 since it is the date closet to same day last year.

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Dec 19, 2009

I am looking for a formula to return the expected row/location in range B2:B13 as shown in col. F

Col. B dates are and cannot be sorted

The idea is to find the exact or the closest lower date to those in col. E

as per two criterias (col. D+E)

I prefer no helper column and no macro

(see attached WB)

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Jun 26, 2008

I am wondering if it is possible to search a column full of assorted values which is unsorted, and then return the closest value.

I have written a previous thread which was similar, but misleading, i feel this thread is more to the point.

Currently i use this code, but it only finds the closest highest value if the data is sorted in ascending order.

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Oct 4, 2011

I have a database where I have groups defined. For example, Parent 0001 is called Bag1. It contains an apple, orange, grape, and a pear. Parent 0002 is called Bag2, containing an apple, orange, and a peach. So on and so on...

Below is an illustration of what I explained above:

Parent

Level

Description 0001

1

Bag1 0001

2

apple 0001

2

orange 0001

[code]....

I need a way to input items that are in the groups and find the groups have all of the items or the group with the best match. I need to know if the match is 100% or if it is only a partial match.

The bag might have 2 items or it could have 20 items and they can be in any order.

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Jun 19, 2014

I have modified some code I found in these forums that once I enter a value in a cell I can have it find the closest match to that value and scroll down the list and paste that value as an offset. The code works perfectly, but my data will often contain the same values repeated and these aren't duplicates and I need to know how to loop the code to ensure it doesn't just find the first value but also the second (if the first is already populated) Code is:

Sub findclose()

Dim rng As Range, Dn As Range, Mx As Single, oAd As String

Dim num As Range

Set num = ActiveSheet.Range("B1")

[Code] .......

---- What I need to do is insert a loop of some sort that basically says IF my offset cell has a value then to find the next closest amount and continue the macro.

So if my list was:

700

50

500

600

500

And I wanted to find 499 then my list would look like:

700

50

500 499

600

500

BUT if I wanted to match off another amount of 501 it would keep the 499 it found and then find the 501 making the completed list look like:

700

50

500 499

600

500 501

Right now the amounts are being overidden as I don't know how to loop it...

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May 12, 2009

I have a sheet of pump test results, placed in rows, where the test rig is set at a specific speeds and flow and it records pressure. At each stage of the test a number of snapshots will be taken (Usually between 3-5 at each stage), so I have 3-5 rows of very similar data. I only need to use the best row from the selection available, so I am hoping to find a formula or code (Don't care which) that can look at the results and select the row of readings where the speed AND the flow are closest to the targetted data.

For example: In cells G6:G8 I have flow result values 0.129, 0.151, 0.156 and in H6:H8 I have speed result values 72.536, 71.82, 72.13. These are actuals. In cell N6 I have the target speed (75) and in O6 I have flow target (0.15), but these could be moved anywhere to suit really. What I was hoping to do, but am struggling big time, was to just flag up the row of readings where these two values are closest to the targets by placing a check mark in column L:L which I have formatted in monotype sorts and would like to place a "4" (Which gives me a check mark) on the 'best' row. From that I can do more with some simple IF statements.

Is this feasible, or am I trying to do something beyond Excels capability, it is certainly beyond mine at the moment. I was looking at the check mark method, but that is not essential, so if anyone has any suggestions on an alternative means of identifying the best row of data, that might make it easier to do, then I am listening.

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Mar 3, 2009

I need to scan a list of numbers and find the nearest number to say 80... ex

1

50

23

43

79

102

The formula would tell me the closest number is 79.

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Dec 9, 2013

I'm looking for a way to split a cell with text into two cells. The first cell can only contain up to 40 characters, the rest needs to go in the second cell. However, I don't want the text to be split in the middle of a word. So basically, if the text is in cell A1, I need to find the closest space to the left of position 40 in A1, and move anything to the right of this position to B1. Example:

Original text:

A1: One green apple and a bucket of small onions that smell nice

I want to avoid this:

A1: One green apple and a bucket of small on

B1: ions that smell nice

I want to achieve this:

A1: One green apple and a bucket of small

B1: onions that smell nice

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Apr 9, 2014

I have a list with random ordered numbers (each number in a cell of a row): 1, 2, 6, 8, 11, 12, 16...

On the other hand I get a value (x). I want a formula that:

- If x is in the list, returns x

- If x is not in the list, returns the next higher value. For example, if x=8, returns 11

I want also a variation of the same formula, that returns the next lower value. For example, if x=8, returns 6.

Note that x will never be smaller than the first number on the list or higher than the highest number in the list.

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Feb 5, 2012

I am really struggling with the following formula:

MATCH(MIN(ABS(Ann_TaylorRegularBust-B4)),ABS(Ann_TaylorRegularBust-B4),0)

I am trying to find the cell in the named row "Ann_TaylorRegularBust" that is closest to the input bust size in cell B4. This formula works when I use actual range instead of the named array.

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Mar 15, 2012

I have Excel 2010 & Window 7. I have 2 sheets of business names, some businesses in sheet 1 may be named slightly different in sheet 2 and not all businesses in sheet 1 are included in sheet 2. I would like to be able to find the closest match (from sheet 2) for the businesses on sheet 1 and return the closest matched business name.

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May 1, 2013

I have two sets of data:

Data set #1

Indicator PriceIndicator Price Date

2.1 10/27/08

2.11 10/22/08

2.17 11/21/08

2.38 03/20/09

2.38 03/25/09

2.46 03/19/09

2.5 03/09/09

2.5 03/24/09

2.53 12/04/08

2.73 12/09/08

2.82 12/24/08

2.83 12/18/08

2.89 12/12/08

2.9 03/13/09

Data set #2:

Close Price Close Price Date s1s2s3s4r1r2r3r4

2.25 12/11/09

2.30 12/12/09

2.40 12/13/09

2.00 12/14/09

2.12 12/15/09

2.50 12/16/09

2.51 12/17/09

2.53 12/18/09

2.49 12/19/09

What I'm attempting to do is find what are the CLOSEST four indicator prices in data set #1 are above (r1, r2, r3, r4) and below (s1, s2, s3, s4) the closing price in data set #2. Also, I can only use the indicator numbers in data set #1 that are on or before the close price date in data set #2. Because of this, not all of the r's and s's will be filled in.

I would like to use just regular excel formulas, but I have a feeling that VBA may be my only option.

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Jun 23, 2014

I have the following table of stocks with corproate action types and dates with a ticker / identifier per stocA1:

Type

B1:

ID

C1:

Date

[Code]....

I am trying to find the NEXT Dividendcorporate action that is CLOSEST to the current date. I've done some google trawling and found a few formulae that seem to work only if the identifiers or dates are in a particular order. ALso having trouble using TWO criteria

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Sep 16, 2013

i have a sample of data in a column,

.....A

A1 20.5

A2 -20.1

A3 19.99

A4 -20.12

A5 20.15

A6 -20.15

In other columns of the same book i have the values;

...............C ..................D ....................E

................x ................CDF ...............1-CDF

1 .......-20.782066 ......0.000302 .......0.999698

2 .......-20.689948 ......0.000311 .......0.999689

3 .......-20.59783 ........0.000321 .......0.999679

4 .........20.505711 ......0.000331 .......0.999669

5 .........20.413593 ......0.000341 .......0.999659

6 .........20.321475 .......0.000352 .......0.999648

how to pick the closest value to any number in A from column C, and then depending on whether its positive or negative, display the corresponding value from D or E.

So if we had -20.77 in col A, it would pick the closest number from col C (In C1) and then display the value from D1. Similarly, if we had +20.4 in col A, it would pick the closest number from col C (C5), and display the corresponding value from E, E5.

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Jan 15, 2008

in column A I have a set of dates starting say fromA2 till A300 in accending order.

in the other hand I have a date let's say in B2

I am looking to a formula to find out the nearest date value of B2 from the A column and obtain the row number.

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Jul 18, 2013

i have a group of numbers in A1:C2 and I need a formulas to find the closest number above and below a reference number in cell A3.

so if my numbers were 12.52, 12.02, 12.98, 12.64, 12.64, 10.83 and the reference cell was 12.62 the formulas would return 12.52 as closest below and 12.64 as closest above.

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Feb 2, 2014

I have 2 different sets of data: temperature data recorded at meteo-stations defined by latitude / longitude, and major world cities also defined by latitude / longitude.

After the user chooses the station's coordinates, temperature data is pulled out from the first data set; this works! However, I would like to be able to provide information about the closest city to the chosen meteo-station from the second data set.

File attached with sample data sets.

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Feb 21, 2014

Formula to match all text and closest number in alphanumeric string

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Nov 25, 2006

a spreadsheet in Excel. I have names with scores. Then I have the winning score. I need a formula to find the score closest to zero and to display the name of the winner.

Ex: Names A1:A4 and Scores B1:B4. Winning Score in B6 and list name in B7.

Ana 16

Bob 2

Charles 8

David 11

Winning Score 10

Answer should be 11 which is David, since David is only -1 away compared to the others.

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Jan 8, 2013

I have an excel workbook with 2 worksheets. One worksheet shows the MASTER LIST of COMPLETE Customer Names (e.g. ABB Supplies Incorporated). The other worksheet has information on customers but the customer names typed in are incomplete (e.g. ABC Supplies). I need a macro that would look do a comparison of the customer names in the 2nd worksheet to the Master List worksheet and pull the data (complete name, address, etc.) for those that would match (partial match since company name is 2nd worksheet is usually incomplete).

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Apr 28, 2009

i have 2 columns of data.

Column A is state

Column B is money owed to that state

So lets say

A1 is florida and B1 is 29,000

I am trying for column C to tell me what values (and if possible the cooresponding state) are the 2 closest values above it and the 2 closest values below it in B1:B50. It can appear as a string of text like 27,000 CA 28944 (OR) 31000 (FL) 31200 (GA)

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Apr 4, 2014

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I am running a time series linear regression on a credit card company. The left most column is the amount of cards they had on a certain year and the prediction is the cards the regression formula predicted. The + and - are the columns added or subtracted the standard error which is 3.25. I am trying to highlight the closest +/- number to the original cards. For example, in the first Row 76.98 is closer to 78 than 83 is so i would like to have 76.98 highlighted...showing that subtracting the standard error gave us the closest prediction. The second column the 87.085 cell should be highlighted because adding the standard error gave us the closest prediction to 86.4.

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