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# [libreoffice-users] Re: Explanation of Formula that was used in Excel

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On 10/30/2022 12:37 PM, Vince@Verizon wrote:
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Hi:

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I am attempting to understand a formula that was suggested for use within MSExcel2016 so I might us it within LibreOffice Calc.
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The formula is:

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=INDEX(IF(INDEX(A:A,LARGE(IF(\$A\$4:\$B\$43=\$G\$2,ROW(\$A\$4:\$A\$43),""),ROW(1:1)))=\$G\$2,E:E,F:F),LARGE(IF(\$A\$4:\$B43=\$G\$2,ROW(\$A\$4:\$A\$43),""),ROW(1:1))).
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When I copy/paste this formula first into Notepad and then copy/paste from Notepad into a LO Calc spreadsheet, a  #VALUE!  error is returned.
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I have not ever used e.g., INDEX(A:A) nor ROW(1:1) as a range identifier/specifier within a formula, so I wonder if they are acceptable within LO Calc, or is that causing the error,  #VALUE! ?  I believe those identify/specify the entire [A] column and the entire [1] row; is there an equivalent within LO Calc.
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Once the error is cleared then I will continue to attempt to understand what the formula is calculating/doing within LO Calc. I can see that it is evaluating the data within cell \$G\$2, the LARGEST value within A:A, within E:E, and within F:F; but not much else is making any sense for me to understand. A simplified example would be appreciated here.
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VinceB.

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Update:

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Here is a link to the original MSExcel spreadsheet, the OP posted at the Excel Forum; the OP was seeking "Best formula to lookup most recent and second most recent result from list of data" on 01-04-2016, 02:50 AM:
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https://www.excelforum.com/attachments/excel-general/438242d1451890188-best-formula-to-lookup-most-recent-and-second-most-recent-result-from-list-of-data-lookup-formula.xlsx

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Unfortunately, I do not understand the significance of:  ROW(1:1) within the original formula.
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Error #519 says in part,

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```The formula yields a value that does not correspond to the definition;
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Or a cell that is referenced in the formula contains text instead of a number.
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No result (#VALUE is in the cell rather than Err:519!)

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and it is true that columns H:J for row1 contain text strings, not numerical data.
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I am still at a loss of understanding .

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