# Return value matching vertical and horizontal input

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#### megan_kondo

Hello

I need to lookup up a value in the cell A1 of sheet 1 and return the
value in sheet 2 of the column next to the the column with a heading
matching the value of B2 in sheet 1.

For example.

Sheet 1

Ref Type
1 Man
2 Woman
3 Man
4 Child

Sheet 2

Ref Man Man type Woman Woman type Child Child type
1 Peter x Sarah y Lily
x
2 John y Jane z Max x
3 Bob y Jane x Alice
x
4 Fred z Jane x Ruby
y

So I would expect the returned value on sheet 1 to be:

Ref Type Result
1 Man x
2 Woman z
3 Man y
4 Child y

Any help on this one greatly appreciated

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#### mikebres

Try this.

=VLOOKUP(A2,Sheet2!\$A\$1:\$G\$5,VLOOKUP(B2,{"child",7;"woman",5;"man",3},2,FALSE),FALSE)

Mike

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#### megan_kondo

Try this.

=VLOOKUP(A2,Sheet2!\$A\$1:\$G\$5,VLOOKUP(B2,{"child",7;"woman",5;"man",3},2,FAL­SE),FALSE)

Mike

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Thanks Mike - but this was an example - I've actually got a whole heap
of "Type" so wanted a formula that picked up what was in column B
sheet 1 and look for it as a column heading in Sheet 2 rather than

I've been trying with MATCH but not having any sucess. Have you got
any other suggestions?

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#### Tom Hutchins

Try this:

=VLOOKUP(A2,Sheet2!\$A:\$G,MATCH(B2,Sheet2!\$1:\$1,0)+1,FALSE)

Sheet2 are in row 1.

Hope this helps,

Hutch

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#### mikebres

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Thanks Mike - but this was an example - I've actually got a whole heap
of "Type" so wanted a formula that picked up what was in column B
sheet 1 and look for it as a column heading in Sheet 2 rather than
I've been trying with MATCH but not having any sucess. Have you got
any other suggestions?

You could change the inner vlookup and have it reference a helper table.
The helper table would be a list of the heading names you want use and the

It would look something like this

=VLOOKUP(A2,Sheet2!\$A\$1:\$G\$5,VLOOKUP(B2,TypeList,2,FALSE),FALSE)

where TypeList would be

Type Column
Man 3
Woman 5
Child 7
Other 9
etc.

Part of the problem is the data isn't oganized very well. Can you
reorganize your data? If so it would be easier to work with it if you could
set it up like this:

Ref Name Type Value
1 Peter Man x
2 John Man y
1 Sue Woman x
1 Alice Child x
5 Mark Man z

then you could use a whole host of methods to get your data. Such as array
formulas, sumproduct, pivot tables, the query.
For example to use formulas, you could either create range names or
reference the cells directly. With range names in sumproduct it would look
like this:

Ref Type Result
1 Man =sumproduct(--(Ref=\$A2),--(Type=\$B2), Value))

with cell reference it would be

Ref Type Result
1 Man =sumproduct(--(\$A\$2:\$A\$500=\$A2),--(\$B\$2:\$B\$500=\$B2),
\$C\$2:\$C\$500))

or with array formulas it would be

Ref Type Result
1 Man = SUM(IF(Ref=\$A2),IF(Type=\$B2,Value)) then press CTRL
SHIFT ENTER while still in the formula bar.

Mike

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#### megan_kondo

Try this:

=VLOOKUP(A2,Sheet2!\$A:\$G,MATCH(B2,Sheet2!\$1:\$1,0)+1,FALSE)

Sheet2 are in row 1.

Hope this helps,

Hutch

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Hutch - thankyou, it's worked a charm. Mike, thanks for all your
suggestions on this one as well - much appreciated.

Megan