I have data in two columns, sorted by the second column. As follows:

A, 1
D, 2
B, 4
A, 6
B, 7

I need to filter it so that the first column is unique. I.e. the value in the first column only exists once in the result.

A, 1
D, 2
B, 4

I am keeping track of scores and would like to create a "top 10" list of all of the data. I can sort the data but I have no idea how (if it is possible) to filter out everything but the personal best result from each participant.

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For the first column, in column D for example, use the following formula:


and the second column, in column E for example:

  • Thanks, it works like a charm. I understand everything, except why the third parameter to VLOOKUP has to be "{2}*SIGN(ROW(A:A))". Can you explain that?
    – Torben
    Commented May 28, 2013 at 7:47
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    It is used to make the ARRAYFORMULA work in combination with the VLOOKUP. See goo.gl/96fdj and goo.gl/Fi02r
    – Jacob Jan
    Commented May 28, 2013 at 7:53
  • @Torben Forgot to hail you !!
    – Jacob Jan
    Commented May 28, 2013 at 8:18

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