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20090216, 06:23 #1
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formula help zero's and blanks (2003 SP3)
Hi,
I have the following formula
=IF(GY2<0,"blank",IF(GY2<10,$ID$2,IF(GY2<20,$ID$3, IF(GY2<30,$ID$4,IF(GY2<40,$ID$5,IF(GY2<50,$ID$6,IF (GY2<60,$ID$7,IF(GY2<70,$ID$8,FALSE))))))))
which does not give the results I want
but =IF(GY2<1,"blank",IF(GY2<10,$ID$2,IF(GY2<20,$ID$3, IF(GY2<30,$ID$4,IF(GY2<40,$ID$5,IF(GY2<50,$ID$6,IF (GY2<60,$ID$7,IF(GY2<70,$ID$8,FALSE))))))))
does not give the correct results either.
Basically column GY holds numeric values that can be grouped at a higher level (column ID)
My problem is with the value 0
0 should fall within the first group at ID2
blanks however should fall into the category blank (eg they have not been coded)
Is there a method to get Excel to differentiate between a cell containing the value zero and a blank cell?
Thanks for any help
capri

20090216, 06:56 #2
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Re: formula help zero's and blanks (2003 SP3)
You could test for a blank value:
=IF(GY2="","blank",IF(GY2<10,$ID$2,IF(GY2<20,$ID$3 ,IF(GY2<30,$ID$4,IF(GY2<40,$ID$5,IF(GY2<50,$ID$6,I F(GY2<60,$ID$7,IF(GY2<70,$ID$8,FALSE))))))))
You can simplify the formula by creating a lookup table  see the attached example. The formula becomes
=IF(GY2="","blank",VLOOKUP(GY2,IC2:ID9,2))
This is easier to maintain  you can change the values in the lookup table instead of in the formula.