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# nth largest value with duplicates in Excel

This tutorial shows how to calculate nth largest value with duplicates in Excel using the example below;

## Formula

```=MAX(IF(range<A2,range))
``` ## Explanation

To get the nth largest value in a data set with duplicates, you can use an array formula based on the MAX and IF functions.

Note: the LARGE function will easily return nth values, but LARGE will return duplicates when they exist in the source data.

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In the example shown, the formula in E6 is:

`=MAX(IF(range<E5,range))`

Where  range is B5:B11

### How this formula works

First, we get the largest value using the MAX function in E5:

`=MAX(range)`

Once we have the largest value established, we create another formula that simply checks all values in the named range  against the “last largest value”:

`=MAX(IF(range<E5,range))`

Note: this is an array formula and must be entered with control + shift + enter.

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Any value that is lower than the “last largest” survives the test, and any value that’s not ends up FALSE. The resulting array looks like this:

`{12;FALSE;FALSE;11;12;12;10}`

As the formula is copied down the column, E5 increments at each row, so that MAX and IF return a new array. The MAX function continues to return the largest value in each array — the nth value in the series.

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