# Risk Management Formula

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I have two columns named Probability and Occurrence. Both the columns has a closed list. User have to select from Very Low (1), Low (2), Medium (3), High (4) and Very High (5). When the users select medium from one column and high from the second column then the third column should multiply the 3 x 4 = 12. The third column should give me the number 12.

Any suggestions?

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There a a few different ways this can be accomplished. You could use helper columns to convert the Probability and Occurrence columns into the numbers then multiply those numbers together. You could create a longer formula that does it all in one column. Or you can build out a quick grid and use a formula to reference it.

Which option sounds like what you would prefer?

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I am not a programmer and need some help with the syntax. Thanks!

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It depends on which solution you would prefer. Do you want a larger formula in one column, two medium sized formulas in some helper columns, or a smaller formula that references a 5x5 table?

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two medium size are ok. Thanks!

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Is there is any way, I can also add different colors to each selection. If it's Very Low then it's yellow, Low is orange, etc.

=IF(Probability@row = "Very Low", 1, IF(Probability@row = "Low", 2, IF(Probability@row = "Medium", 3, IF(Probability@row = "High", 4, 5))))

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Do you mean the cell fill color? If that is the case, then you would use conditional formatting.

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Yes. I tried it but it highlights the entire row based on my column 1 formatting. I want to apply different format to different cells based on above criteria.

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