Top Values In A List

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From a list of 30 people with an assigned value, generate a smaller list that are the top n values in that list.

Download the example workbook here: Top n Values in a List.xlsx

How it all works

Our source data is in A1:D31 and Output begins in H1. All formulas have error checking to display blanks, also to check that we don’t generate a list longer than the amount we want to show.

For the purpose of this, I won’t include the error handling components to the formulas below however they are in the example sheet.

Top n Values

Cell F2 has a drop down validation to choose from 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30. This indicates how many values to show.

Ranking formula.

We have a Ranking formula included in the source data to make way for duplicate values in Column C. This ensures a unique ranking list, meaning a simple Index + Match formula can be used to look up the Names. Ranking formula starting in C1:

Getting the Top Value and Top Rank Value

To get the largest to smallest values in the list, use the Large function which only has 2 arguments: array, k (i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd largest).
Top Value:

Top Rank: =LARGE($D$2:$D$31,H2)

Getting the First and Last Names based on Value:

Both of these formulas index the Rank column and match the Rank value that has already been calcualted on the same row in column L.

First Name:


Last Name:


Tags: lookup-reference

Categories: formulas

Updated: October 12, 2018

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