In this article, we will learn How to calculate win-lose points using the VLOOKUP function in Excel.
Win or Lose are the results of a match played between two teams. Results produce gaining points for the winning team and reducing points for the losing team. There may be any number of outcomes of the match played. So Excel formula allows you to return any number of dependent results.
How to solve the problem?
If there is only two outcome of the match then you can choose the simple formula of IF function where the function checks for the result if win, the team gets 3 points or if lose, the team loses one point.
For this problem where we can have 4 or more than 4 results, We can use nested IF formula with 3 IF formula one inside the other. Learn more about nested IF function here. But this would require more effort and error chances are higher. So we started thinking if we had a result table and can extract values whenever and wherever required. VLOOKUP function can perform the task and the Generic formula is shared below.
|=VLOOKUP(lookup_result, result_table, point_col, 0)|
lookup_result : lookup value
result_table : result table having results on left side and points on right side.
point_col : column number of the table to lookup points
0 : finds exact match
All of these might be confusing to understand. So, let's test this formula via running it on the example shown below. Here we will apply the formula on the lookup cell value to get the corresponding result in the required cell. Below is the formula to apply. Here we have 4 corresponding values in the result table.
Use the formula:
Here look up value is given as cell reference and table is given as array reference. Press Enter to get the points for the win Draw result.
Now freeze the table array reference ($G$4:$H$8), to copy the formula to the remaining matches using the shortcut Ctrl + D or use the drag down cell option from the bottom right corner of the cell.
As you can see in the above image, all the points matching result value are here. You can also find out the marks or score of the test using the same formula. Learn more about extracting values from the table here.
Here are all the observational notes regarding using the formula.
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