# Summing entire sheet, but only higher number with similar items.

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edited 06/14/21

Okay so I'm trying to create a rough budget for a project, but have received multiple bids for some categories. I want to sum all the items cost, but with multiple items, only take the higher cost.

Here's roughly what I mean:

Item Price

Appliances 12000

Appliances 10000

Glass 8000

Stone 7000

So I want to sum the price column, but only take the larger number from appliances(or anything with the same name). I know I could make a large Max(collect()) chain within a sum function and write out every item I have duplicates of, but Id like to avoid that. I have a rather lengthy list with several duplicates.

I was wondering if there's a way to create a function to check for duplicates, then maybe use that with max and sum everything.

Thank you to anyone who helps in advance.

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edited 06/15/21 Answer ✓
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Hi Ben,

Someone may have an easier way but here's my idea. Add a checkbox column [Duplicate] with the formula:

=IF(COUNTIF(Item1:Item@row, item@row)>1, 1, 0)

That will flag/check all duplicate items but leave the first instance unchecked.

Then insert a text/number column [Max] with the column formula:

=MAX(Collect(price:price, item:item, item@row)

This will enter the max price of that item in every row with that item.

To sum your max prices use the formula:

=SUMIFS(max:max, duplicate:duplicate, @cell =0)

It will sum the non duplicate items using the max price.

Work?

Mark

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edited 06/15/21 Answer ✓
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Hi Ben,

Someone may have an easier way but here's my idea. Add a checkbox column [Duplicate] with the formula:

=IF(COUNTIF(Item1:Item@row, item@row)>1, 1, 0)

That will flag/check all duplicate items but leave the first instance unchecked.

Then insert a text/number column [Max] with the column formula:

=MAX(Collect(price:price, item:item, item@row)

This will enter the max price of that item in every row with that item.

To sum your max prices use the formula:

=SUMIFS(max:max, duplicate:duplicate, @cell =0)

It will sum the non duplicate items using the max price.

Work?

Mark

I'm grateful for your "Vote Up" or "Insightful". Thank you for contributing to the Community.

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I was trying to avoid adding excess columns, but this is the only way I can really think of either.

Thank you for the help!

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Hi Ben,

Wish there was a better way. Glad you found something that works. Thank you for contributing to the community.

Mark

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