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QUESTION: Hi Tom,

I have the below scenario. I need a formula to show the output as described below

Data:

Column H

H2

H3

H4

H5

H6

Condition:

(i)If the values in H2 till H6 is less than 100 then "Proceed".

(ii)If the value in any of the cells is more than 50000 and the value in remaining cells is 0 then "obtain approval"

(iii)If the value in any of the cells is above 100 and the value in none of the cells is 0, then "obtain approval"

(iv)if the value in all the cells is above 100 then obtain approval.

Thanks in advance

Sudharshan S

ANSWER: Sudharshan S,

I would see the formula being like this:

=IF(COUNTIF(H2:H6,"<100")=5,"Proceed",IF(OR(COUNTIF(H2:H6,">50000")+COUNTIF(H2:H6,0)=5,AND(COUNTIF(H2:H6,">100")>1,COUNTIF(H2:H6,0)=0),COUNTIF(H2:H6,">100")=5),"Obtain Approval","No condition met"))

You do seem to have some overlapping conditions. Also never said less than or equal to or greater than or equal to. In case you had 50000 in one cell and zeros in another, that would not meet condition ii. Note that condition iv is a subset of condition iii

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Regards,

Tom Ogilvy

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QUESTION: Hi Tom,

Thanks for your response.

But the formula doesn't seem to work, May be am not too clear with the question.

I have attached a screen print which will elaborate my question.

Regards,

Sudharshan

Case 1

(i)If the values in H2 till H6 is less than 100 then "Proceed".

you show 0, 90, 41,000, 0, 0 so 41,000 is not less than 100 and Case 1 is not met according to your statement. Neither Proceed or Obtain should be returned and the formula correctly returns neither. [formula works]

Case 2

(ii)If the value in any of the cells is more than 50000 and the value in remaining cells is 0 then "obtain approval"

you show 0, 90, 51000, 0, 0 so 90 is not zero and the condition is not met. Neither Proceed or Obtain should be returned and the formula correctly returns neither. [formula works]

Case 3

(iii)If the value in any of the cells is above 100 and the value in none of the cells is 0, then "obtain approval"

you show 110, 200, 300, 200, 150. This condition is met. The formula returns Obtain approval so the formula works here when the specified conditions are met. [formula works]

Case 4

(iv)if the value in all the cells is above 100 then obtain approval.

you show 110, 200, 42000, 40000, 10000. This condition is met. The formula returns Obtain approval so the formula works here when the specified conditions are met. (in fact, as I stated, this example also satisfied rule (iii)). [formula works]

so you have given two examples which don't meet your specified criteria and claimed the formula doesn't work. The formula works with the criteria you stated.

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Regards,

Tom Ogilvy

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