LARGE

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

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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 2003