Ranking without repetitive values

Here’s a question I get asked a lot:
“I’m trying to use the RANK function to sort the values in Column A, but, the problem arises when I have two or more cells with the same value. Then, the RANK also repeats some positions. For example, if I have, 50, 60, 62, 62, 67 in Column A I would get 5,4,2,2,1 in Column B. Is there a way I can get 5,4,2,3,1 ?”

To do this you need a combination of RANK and COUNTIF as follows. If the data is in A2:A5, the formula in B2 would be:

=RANK(A2,$A$2:$A$5,0)+COUNTIF($A$2:A2,A2)-1

and drag down till B5.

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Femke Kooij is a dashboard and report designer, developer and educator specializing in SAP | BusinessObjects Dashboards (better known as Xcelsius) and Crystal Reports. She has also a lot of experience with other SAP | BusinessObjects toolings like, Web Intelligence (WebI), Information Design Tool (Universe Designer), BusinessObjects Data Services (BODS) and the overall server platform BusinessObjects Enterprise (Launchpad, CMC). She spends a lot of her time thinking about and sharing her knowledge of Xcelsius to others through her own blog. Lately she is exploring other visualization tools like Qlikview and Tableau. On the later she is also posting some experiences. Currently she is in the employment of Cognizant Technology Solutions. Her blog only contains her personal views, thoughts and opinions. It is not endorsed by Cognizant Technology Solutions nor does it constitute any official communication of Cognizant Technology Solutions.

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