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How to rank range numbers uniquely without duplicates in Excel?

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2020-04-28

In Microsoft Excel, the normal rank function gives duplicate numbers the same rank. For example, if the number 100 appears twice in the selected range, and the first number 100 takes the rank of 1, the last number 100 will also take the rank of 1, and this will skip some numbers. But, sometimes, you need to rank these values uniquely as following screenshots shown. For more details of the unique ranking, please do as following tutorial shown step by step.

Rank range numbers uniquely in descending order

Rank range numbers uniquely in ascending order


Rank range numbers uniquely in descending order

In this section, we will show you how to rank range numbers uniquely in descending order.

Take the data of below screenshot as example, you can see there are multiple duplicate numbers among the range A2:A11.

1. Select the B2, copy and paste the formula =RANK(A2,$A$2:$A$11,0)+COUNTIF($A$2:A2,A2)-1 into the Formula Bar, then press the Enter key. See screenshot:

2. Then the ranking number is showing in the cell B2. Select the cell B2 and put the cursor on its lower-right corner, when a small black cross showing, drag it down to cell B11. Then the unique ranking is successful. See screenshot:


Rank range numbers uniquely in ascending order

If you want to rank range numbers uniquely in ascending order, please do as follows.

1. Select cell B2, copy and paste formula =RANK(A2,$A$2:$A$11,1)+COUNTIF($A$2:A2,A2)-1 into the Formula Bar, then press the Enter key. Then the first ranking number is displayed in cell B2.

2. Select the cell B2, drag the fill handle down to the cell B11, then the unique ranking is finished.

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Hi every one, i have this formula
=RIJEN($H$2:$H$7)-SOMPRODUCT(--(H2-E2/10000>$H$2:$H$7-$E$2:$E$7/10000))

it determines the rank of a value in a column. if there is an equal value, the rank is determined by a 2nd value in another column. Now the problem is when negative numbers occur in the 2nd column, the rank is determined inversely -1 gets a lower rank than 0

can anyone adjust this formula or create a new one for excel 2007 dutch version
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Hi every one, i have this formula
=RIJEN($H$2:$H$7)-SOMPRODUCT(--(H2-E2/10000>$H$2:$H$7-$E$2:$E$7/10000))

it determines the rank of a value in a column. if there is an equal value, the rank is determined by a 2nd value in another column. Now the problem is when negative numbers occur in the 2nd column, the rank is determined inversely -1 gets a lower rank than 0

can anyone adjust this formula or create a new one for excel 2007 dutch version

thanks
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Hey so I just worked on this formula for the past 45 minutes. The above formula is wrong, the output does provide duplicates but that is only because the countif range is not accounting for the entire range.

Above the descending formula is: =RANK(A2,$A$2:$A$11,0)+COUNTIF($A$2:A2,A2)-1

The bold/underlined A2 cell should be equal to the ending of the range which is A11. Which would make correct forumla stance:

=round(RANK(A2,$A$2:$A$11,0)+COUNTIF($A$2:A7,A2)-1

For visuals, on my sheet I created a leader tracking board with the following formula and I got no duplicates see below 2 images with duplicate numbers but different ranking levels:


My Descending formula: =round(RANK(D7,$D$7:$BY$7)+countif($D$7:$BY$7,D7)-1)
Key Notes:
- My range is locked
- D7 is the start of my range and BY7 is the end of my range
- I have added the round formula to account for any decimals
- the (-1) will automatically subtract from the previous ranking.
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Hi Zoe,
Thank you for your feedback. I will check the formula and make the changes.
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It's very helpful content. Thank You so much.
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Thank you for the solution! Works perfectly!
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