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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

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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.
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