A an alternative method for Edouards date problem using IF and MIN would be C1 : =YEAR(MIN($A$1:$A$20000))C2 : =YEAR(MIN(IF(YEAR($A$1:$A$20000)>C1;$A$1:$A$20000;99999999)))entered as a 1 cell array formula, then just copy/fill down as required.Alternatively, if you dont want array formulas and dont mind the years in descending order thenC1 : =YEAR(MAX(A:A))C2 : =YEAR(VLOOKUP(DATEVALUE("12-31-"&(C1-1));A:A;TRUE))works nicely

A bizarre thing. Turning a cell containing =TRUE into %age returns 0.01(of course, =VRAI is the equivalent in French of =TRUE)

It's not that bizarre. In Excel (as opposed to say, VBA for Excel), TRUE evaluates to 1.0 when implicitly cast to a double. What you are doing is making it 1.0 and then dividing by 100 by appending the % sign. If the cell had been formatted as % it would show 1%, which would look more natural, I guess.

Maybe the bizarre thing is this casting to double!!?? Anyway ...

If you think that is bizarre, how about this one? =((7&7)/"77"&1)*1.01Naturally, it evaluates to 11.11.Excel is extremely accommodating when it comes to casting from one type to another as needed for operations to "make sense".

I'm sorry, this is basic, and you're probably going to laugh, but this is something that puzzles me.I'm expecting ln(x/y)=ln(x)−ln(y) [something like the (natural) logarithm quotient rule, see Laws of Logarithms]But when doing some trials with Excel, I can't get such an equality. There is always a slight difference between ln(x/y) and ln(x)−ln(y).??Example of results in Excel:ln(3200/2345) = 0.310865407907438000000ln(3200) - ln(2345) = 0.310865407907439000000

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These days nothing surprises me anymore.See the Math Accuracy thread. Floating point number do not (necessarily) obey they rules of arithmetic. It's called rounding errors.

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QuoteOriginally posted by: edouardI'm sorry, this is basic, and you're probably going to laugh, but this is something that puzzles me.I'm expecting ln(x/y)=ln(x)−ln(y) [something like the (natural) logarithm quotient rule, see Laws of Logarithms]But when doing some trials with Excel, I can't get such an equality. There is always a slight difference between ln(x/y) and ln(x)−ln(y).??Example of results in Excel:ln(3200/2345) = 0.310865407907438000000ln(3200) - ln(2345) = 0.310865407907439000000Ouch! And, I also get such unexpect results with R> options(digits = 22)> log(3200/2345)[1] 0.3108654079074381737513> log(3200) - log(2345)[1] 0.3108654079074391063386> log(3200/2345) == log(3200) - log(2345)[1] FALSE

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QuoteOriginally posted by: CuchulainnThese days nothing surprises me anymore.See the Math Accuracy thread. Floating point number do not (necessarily) obey they rules of arithmetic. It's called rounding errors.By curiosity, I ran the same example with the online engine Wolfram Alpha. That works. Yeepee!ln(3200/2345) = log(3200) - log(2345) ???? TRUE

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QuoteOriginally posted by: edouardQuoteOriginally posted by: CuchulainnThese days nothing surprises me anymore.See the Math Accuracy thread. Floating point number do not (necessarily) obey they rules of arithmetic. It's called rounding errors.By curiosity, I ran the same example with the online engine Wolfram Alpha. That works. Yeepee!ln(3200/2345) = log(3200) - log(2345) ???? TRUEYEEPEE???????

QuoteYEEPEE???????i meant 'yipee' .did i sound over enthusiastic?i like very much this free online tool

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QuoteOriginally posted by: edouardQuoteYEEPEE???????i meant 'yipee' .did i sound over enthusiastic?i like very much this free online tool It works for Wolfram but not for Excel. yipee??

QuoteOriginally posted by: Cuchulainn It works for Wolfram but not for Excel. yipee??No, no this is not what I meant. I think that's sad Excel shows such limitations. I don't fell that what I asked him to compute is ridiculously complex.At the same time, I'm glad math wolfram alpha's result TRUE confirmed that I have not turned mentally insane (and it is a cool online tool))Do you know how Matlab would behave in such circumstances?

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