Reverse a function to return the array?


B

bc4240

Is there a way to return an array value in excel through a function or
by reversing a function. I need to do an lookup of a name in a row,
and then have a cell from the row return it's corresponding column
array. e.g (row 1, cell 4 (Bob) = $D$1:$D$500.

I need to be able to use the result in another function like a Match/
Index

I have been able to produce the effect using substitute and address
embeded functions. But I cannot use the result as the array for a
Index/Match. I think because it's just text and not the actual defined
array.

I would like to use the result to fill in the $J$15:$J$509 array below

=INDEX($J$15:$J$509,MATCH(B6,$I$15:$I$509,FALSE),1)
 
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B

Bob Phillips

Do you mean

INDIRECT(ADDRESS(1,MATCH("lookup",1:1,0))&":"&ADDRESS(500,MATCH("lookup",1:1,0)))
 
H

Harlan Grove

Bob Phillips said:
Do you mean

INDIRECT(ADDRESS(1,MATCH("lookup",1:1,0))&":"&ADDRESS(500,MATCH("lookup",1:1,0)))
....

If so, wouldn't

INDEX($A$1:$IV$500,0,MATCH("lookup",$A$1:$A$500,0))

be preferable in terms of brevity, efficiency (only 1 MATCH call) and
use of only nonvolatile functions?
 
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B

bc4240

I had to leave you something to do <g>

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Bob






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Bob Yes this did work for me after I looked at it twice I used the
address portion to populate a sepeate cell and then used the Indirect
to fill my range requirements for my Index function PERFECT
solution!!!!!! Thanks
 

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