LARGE Function

Basic Description

The Excel LARGE function returns the k’th largest value from an array or a range of cells containing numerical values.

Syntax: LARGE( array, k )

where the function arguments are:

array An array of numeric values that you want to return the k’th largest of
k The index – i.e. the function returns the k’th largest value from the supplied array


The array argument can be supplied to the function either directly, or as a reference to a range of cells containing numeric values. If values in the supplied range of cells are text values, these values are ignored.


Large Function Examples

The following example shows the Excel Large function, being used to retrieve the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th largest values from the set of values in cells A1 – A5. The format of the functions are shown in the spreadsheet on the left and the resulting values are shown in the spreadsheet on the right.






Note that, any calls to the Large function, in which the index, k is set to 1, gives the same result as the Max function. In the example above, the functions in cells B1 and B5 could be replaced by the Max function and the Min function, respectively.


Large Function Error

If you get an error from the Excel Large Function, this is likely to be the #NUM! error occurs if the supplied k is less than 1 or greater than the number of values in the supplied array.


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