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Benzadeus
04-21-2009, 10:43 AM
Hi fellows,

Having trouble trying to make a formula work. Could you help me?
Attached workbook is simple and self-explanatory.


*If possible, do not use an auxiliar row to make the desired formula to work.

Thank you.

tkaplan
04-21-2009, 01:16 PM
in H12 you can put
=SUM(VLOOKUP(C$15,$B$6:$C$7,2)*C12,VLOOKUP(D$15,$B$6:$C$7,2)*D12,VLOOKUP(E$ 15,$B$6:$C$7,2)*E12)
you can then drag that formula down

there is probably a way to do this as an array formula but I'm not sure how....

Bob Phillips
04-21-2009, 04:12 PM
Here's one way

=SUMPRODUCT(C12:E12,N(OFFSET($C$6,MATCH($C$15:$E$15,$B$6:$B$7,0)-1,0)))

Bob Phillips
04-21-2009, 04:13 PM
BTW, that would have been a nice one to put in our new SUMPRODUCT sub-forum

mdmackillop
04-21-2009, 04:21 PM
I think so too!

Benzadeus
04-22-2009, 03:57 AM
Thank you guys, and thanks for moving thread.

I chose xld's formula because my real table is bigger and has a lot of "Quantity" columns.

xld: why does the formula doesn't work if I take the 'N' function?

Benzadeus
04-22-2009, 04:30 AM
One more question:
Occasionaly, some cell of row 15 will be at blank. If this happens, I get an error from the formula. Is there any way to fix it?
I tried using IF/ISERROR and also IF/C15:E15<>"" as an array formula with no success.

Edit: Assume that when that cell in row 15 is blank, the value to multiply the elements in the column is 0.

mdmackillop
04-22-2009, 04:51 AM
How about a simple workaround; force a substitute if a letter is deleted.

Benzadeus
04-22-2009, 05:58 AM
I did it!

The array formula is:
=SUMPRODUCT(C12:E12,IF(ISERROR(N(OFFSET($C$6,MATCH($C$15:$E$15,$B$6:$B$7,0)-1,0))),0,N(OFFSET($C$6,MATCH($C$15:$E$15,$B$6:$B$7,0)-1,0))))

The only bad thing is (I think) that the CPU cost of this formula is higher than if I used a hidden auxiliar row, like rule #9 at this link: http://www.ozgrid.com/forum/showthread.php?t=76234, or like a hidden LOOKUPV at row 16 bringing the desired letter value.

I got one more challenge... the column at my database where I'm using this formula is filled by merged cells, and Excel does not accept array formulas in merged cells.

Benzadeus
04-22-2009, 06:33 AM
I managed to do a better formula than the one above (it's an array formula too):
=SUMPRODUCT(C12:E12,IF($C$15:$E$15="",0,N(OFFSET($C$6,MATCH($C$15:$E$15,$B$6:$B$7,0)-1,0))))

As for the problem of the merged cells array formula, I noticed that merged cells can have an array formula by doing this:

1 - Unmerge the cells where you want to put the formula;
2 - Put the array formula on the single top cell;
3 - Merge again as desired;
4 - Copy the formula to the others cells.

Bob Phillips
04-22-2009, 09:46 AM
If you need to CSE it, there is no pint in SUMPRODUCT, you might just as well SUM it

=SUM((C12:E12)*(IF($C$15:$E$15="",0,N(OFFSET($C$6,MATCH($C$15:$E$15,$B$6:$B$7,0)-1,0)))))

Bob Phillips
04-22-2009, 09:47 AM
I got one more challenge... the column at my database where I'm using this formula is filled by merged cells, and Excel does not accept array formulas in merged cells.

Don't use merged cells, they are more trouble than they are worth.

Bob Phillips
04-22-2009, 09:49 AM
xld: why does the formula doesn't work if I take the 'N' function?

Because OFFSET returns cell references, we need the values, so with use N to force them to values.

Benzadeus
04-22-2009, 11:41 AM
Don't use merged cells, they are more trouble than they are worth.

Could not convince my boss about that.

Benzadeus
04-22-2009, 11:43 AM
If you need to CSE it, there is no pint in SUMPRODUCT, you might just as well SUM it

=SUM((C12:E12)*(IF($C$15:$E$15="",0,N(OFFSET($C$6,MATCH($C$15:$E$15,$B$6:$B$7,0)-1,0)))))

I'm sorry, but what is CSE?

Anyway, thanks for all explanation.

*Your SUMPRODUCT's www.xldynamic.com/source/xld.SUMPRODUCT.html (http://www.xldynamic.com/source/xld.SUMPRODUCT.html) is offline.

Bob Phillips
04-22-2009, 12:14 PM
I'm sorry, but what is CSE?

Anyway, thanks for all explanation.

*Your SUMPRODUCT's www.xldynamic.com/source/xld.SUMPRODUCT.html (http://www.xldynamic.com/source/xld.SUMPRODUCT.html) is offline.

CSE is Control-Shift-Enter.

mdmackillop
04-22-2009, 02:44 PM
Could not convince my boss about that.
Using Centre Across Selection usually achieves the same appearance without causing VBA problems. At work, I have reassigned the button to avoid the merged cells situation.