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Hi, i'm using Excel 2010.

I'm having trouble with making a formula which I want my data sum can tell which category it is.
Example

say total SUM(A1:A4)=4, hence it shows category D,where:

SUM Category
1    A
2    B
3    C
4    D
5    E

I have 150 category. How can i solve this?

Your question is a little confusing, so I'm going to make a guess here.

1) You want to find a number in column A and get back the "category" that matches that number in column B.

=VLOOKUP(4, A:B, 2, 0)

2) You want to SUM all the values in column A that match a specific repeating category in column B.

=SUMIF(B:B, "D", A:A)

Does one of those do what you want?
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