﻿ LARGE function

# LARGE function

Returns the k-th largest value in a data set. You can use this function to select a value based on its relative standing. For example, you can use LARGE to return the highest, runner-up, or third-place score.

Syntax

LARGE(array,k)

Array     is the array or range of data for which you want to determine the k-th largest value.

K     is the position (from the largest) in the array or cell range of data to return.

Remarks

• If array is empty, LARGE returns the #NUM! error value.

• If k ≤ 0 or if k is greater than the number of data points, LARGE returns the #NUM! error value.

If n is the number of data points in a range, then LARGE(array,1) returns the largest value, and LARGE(array,n) returns the smallest value.

Example

The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.

How to copy an example

1. Create a blank workbook or worksheet.

2. Select the example in the Help topic.

Note   Do not select the row or column headers.

Selecting an example from Help

3. Press CTRL+C.

4. In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.

5. To switch between viewing the results and viewing the formulas that return the results, press CTRL+` (grave accent), or on the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas button.

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 A B Data Data 3 4 5 2 3 4 5 6 4 7 Formula Description (Result) =LARGE(A2:B6,3) 3rd largest number in the numbers above (5) =LARGE(A2:B6,7) 7th largest number in the numbers above (4)

Applies To: Excel 2007

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