## Wednesday, September 26, 2012

### Filter results with multiple conditions

Question:

(by Kirsten)

I'm using a Mac to make a spreadsheet of student data (see attached file).

In Column B, I have different grades (6,7,8,9,10,11,12)
In Column C, I have different levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)

Depending on how these two pieces of data combine, Column D ("Total Weekly Periods Required") will change.
Some examples:
Grade 6, Beginner needs 6 periods. I would like the number "6" to appear in Column D whenever Column B says "6" AND Column C says "Beginner."
Grade 12, Advanced needs 3 periods. I would like the number "3" to appear in Column D whenever Column B says "12" AND Column C says "Advanced."

There are 21 different combinations, and I do not know how to best format it so that Column D can populate itself. Help would be much appreciated.

Solution:

Make a sheet "Sheet2", which will have all the 21 records, have a look at the following screenshot:

And then in Sheet "Sheet 1", you need to put the following formula in Cell "D2":
=filter('Sheet2'!C2:C22;match(concat('Sheet2'!A2:A22;'Sheet2'!B2:B22);concat(B2:B;C2:C);0))

Have a look at the following screenshot:

I hope the above solution will help you, and if you need more help then please do comment below on this blog itself, I will try to help you out.

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Thanks,
Kishan,

1. Kishan, this is fantastic. Thanks so much! You have just saved my team and me a boatload of time. -Kirsten

2. Hello,

Thanks for this formula. I have tried it with success, but I'm having difficulties with copying the formula and inserting it into all cells below "D2" in your example. Do you have to change the reference in the formula to get the concat to work?

Thank you!

1. Hi Jim,

Try the following formula in Cell F2 of Sheet "Order":
=index('Sheet2'!A:C;arrayformula(match(concat(D2;E2);concat('Sheet2'!A:A;'Sheet2'!B:B);false));3)

and then drag it down fo F3,F4.. as far as needed...

2. Hello Kishan. It worked for F2, but it didn't work to copy the formula and paste it to F3 on down. I have it saved there if you wish to play with it. Try selecting Clear vs Cobalt vs Pink and look at the different quantities when you change Pink. Something isn't pointing correctly...

3. Hi Jim,

You don't have to copy the formula to the cell below... you can drag that cell from the bottom-right corner to the cells below which will copy the formula to the cell below and it will auto change the formula to:
=index('Sheet2'!A:C;arrayformula(match(concat(D3;E3);concat('Sheet2'!A:A;'Sheet2'!B:B);false));3)

4. Or you can also do the following thing:
be on the cell F2 and then press "ctrl+c"
and then go to cell F3 and then press "ctrl+v"
doing so will also auto change the formula....