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Another solution is to use the LOOKUP function, which requires two range arguments. The following formula
(in cell F3) returns the batting average from column B of the player name contained in the cell named Lookup-
Value:
=LOOKUP(LookupValue,Players,Averages)
Using the LOOKUP function requires that the lookup range (in this case, the Players range) is in ascending or-
der. In addition to this limitation, the formula suffers from a slight problem: If you enter a nonexistent player —
in other words, the LookupValue cell contains a value not found in the Players range — the formula returns an
erroneous result.
A better solution uses the INDEX and MATCH functions. The formula that follows works just like the previous
one except that it returns #N/A if the player is not found. Another advantage to using this formula is that the
player names don't need to be sorted.
=INDEX(Averages,MATCH(LookupValue,Players,0))
Performing a case-sensitive lookup
Excel's lookup functions (LOOKUP, VLOOKUP, and HLOOKUP) are not case sensitive. For example, if you
write a lookup formula to look up the text budget, the formula considers any of the following a match:
BUDGET, Budget, or BuDgEt.
Figure 8-8 shows a simple example. Range D2:D9 is named Range1, and range E2:E9 is named Range2. The
word to be looked up appears in cell B1 (named Value ).
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