Index/Match with two criteria: MATCH must use Search Type 1

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Like the title says, I need to match on TWO criteria in an INDEX/MATCH function.

The two lookup criteria are:

1) Phase (this one is straightforward)

2) largest value less than or equal to a given percent

If I only needed to match on the second criteria, I could use INDEX/MATCH and sort the Source in Ascending Order by %.

I have seen multiple threads suggesting an INDEX/COLLECT approach as a solution for multiple Index/Match criteria

=INDEX(COLLECT({IntermediateMilestone}, {Milestone%}, Percent@row, {Phase}, Phase@row), 1)

The problem here is that only exact matches for Percent@row are returned.

Next, I tried to use a combination of MATCH and COLLECT.

Step 1: Collect all the Milestone%s that match the Phase Criteria

=JOIN(COLLECT({Milestone%}, {Phase}, Phase@row), ",") <= maybe problem here is delimiter?

Step 2: Use MATCH to find the Percent@row among the array / list of values returned by the above function

=MATCH(Percent@row, FunctionAbove) expanded this would be:

=MATCH(Percent@row, JOIN(COLLECT({Milestone%}, {Phase}, Phase@row), ","))

#NO MATCH is returned using this approach.

Screenshots for reference:

Lookup values:

Target sheet where Values need to be returned:

Because of complexities too detailed to describe here, we REALLY want to avoid creating multiple helper columns or dividing the lookup values into multiple different columns.

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Good evening, Here's a longshot. I couldn't test it so cross your fingers. Try:

=INDEX(COLLECT( {milestone}, {Milestone%}, @cell=MAX(COLLECT({Milestone%}, {Milestone%}, @cell<=Percent@row, {Phase}, Phase@row), {Phase}, Phase@row), 1)

Get lucky?

Mark

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Wow. So close. If you can't nest the 2 formulas then I suspect you're stuck with a helper column. Place it on the far right of the sheet and hide it. Pretend it's not there and declare success.

Mark

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Good evening, Here's a longshot. I couldn't test it so cross your fingers. Try:

=INDEX(COLLECT( {milestone}, {Milestone%}, @cell=MAX(COLLECT({Milestone%}, {Milestone%}, @cell<=Percent@row, {Phase}, Phase@row), {Phase}, Phase@row), 1)

Get lucky?

Mark

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This is SOOO close! Thank you Mark.

I am getting a `#NESTED CRITERIA` error. The Community explanation of this error only mentions SUMIF and COUNTIF so it wasn't particularly helpful. Formula Error Messages | Smartsheet Learning Center

However - If I separate the formula into two columns:

COLUMN 1: Look up the Milestone%

`=MAX(COLLECT({Milestone%}, {Milestone%}, @cell <= Percent@row, {Phase}, Phase@row))`

COLUMN 2: Look up the Milestone referencing Column1

`=INDEX(COLLECT({Milestone}, {Milestone%}, [COLUMN 1]@row, {Phase}, Phase@row), 1)`

It works.

I would really really like to get this into one column (the existing sheet is over 96 columns wide already) . Any other ideas? 😊

Thanks again for the suggestions so far! they are great!!

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Wow. So close. If you can't nest the 2 formulas then I suspect you're stuck with a helper column. Place it on the far right of the sheet and hide it. Pretend it's not there and declare success.

Mark

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