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# Goal seek or Solver?

Discussion in 'Ask an Excel Question' started by Julie18, May 16, 2018.

1. ### Julie18New Member

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Hi,

I am working on a problem that I just can't solve. It may be that I can solve with with good old IFs but I think what if analysis would work best. Please can you help.

Basically, I have 2 tables. One table has John, Peter and Mark repairing bicycles. Bicycle A totals up to 34, B total is 120, C total is 119, D total is 78.

Table 2 has the same people repairing motorbikes. Type A total is 58, B is 120, C is 121 and D is 80.

The total overall produced for Type A (across bicycles and motorbikes) is John = 12, Peter = 43, Mark = 37. Product B has John = 65, Peter = 150, Mark = 25. Product C has John = 156, Peter = 75 and Mark = 9 and Product D has John = 87, Peter = 44, Mark = 27.

My question is, how many bicycles and motorbikes (broken down by each product A to D) would each of them make?

I hope this makes sense and I would appreciate your help. I also uploaded a file to make it visual. The areas shaded in blue are the ones I need to populate with data.

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2. ### bosco_yipExcel Ninja

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Doesn't use Solver or Goal Seek, just use Sum, Index & Match function and formulas as in below.

1] In "Bicycles table" D17, copied right to E17 and all copied down :

=ROUND(\$C17/SUM(INDEX(\$H\$10:\$J\$13,MATCH(\$B17,\$G\$10:\$G\$13,0),))*INDEX(\$H\$10:\$J\$13,MATCH(\$B17,\$G\$10:\$G\$13,0),MATCH(D\$16,\$H\$9:\$J\$9,0)),0)

2] In "Bicycles table" F17, copied down :

=C17-D17-E17

3] In "Motorbikes table" J17, copied across right to L17 and all copied down :

=INDEX(\$H\$10:\$J\$13,MATCH(\$B17,\$G\$10:\$G\$13,0),MATCH(D\$16,\$H\$9:\$J\$9,0))-INDEX(\$D\$17:\$F\$20,MATCH(\$H17,\$B\$17:\$B\$20,0),MATCH(J\$16,\$D\$16:\$F\$16,0))

Regards
Bosco

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