# FILTER last n valid entries

To FILTER and extract the last n "valid" entries based on a logical test, you can use the FILTER function together with INDEX and SEQUENCE. In the example shown, the formula in F5 is:

where **data** (B5:D15) and **temp** (C5:C16) are named ranges .

The goal in this example is to display the last 3 valid entries from the table shown, where "valid" is defined as a temperature of less than 75 in the "Temp" column. At a high level, the FILTER function is used to filter entries based on a logical test, and the INDEX function is used to extract the last 3 entries from the filtered list. Working from the inside out, we use the SEQUENCE function to construct a row number value for the INDEX function like this:

SEQUENCE is configured to create an array of 3 rows x 1 column. The step value is -1, and the start number is defined by this snippet:

SUM(--(temp<75)) // returns 7

Here we are counting temp values less than 75. Because the named range **temp** contains twelve values, the result is an array of 12 TRUE and FALSE values:

{TRUE;TRUE;TRUE;FALSE;FALSE;TRUE;TRUE;FALSE;FALSE;TRUE;FALSE;TRUE}

The double negative (--) is used to coerce the TRUE and FALSE results to 1s and 0s, and the SUM function returns the total:

SUM({1;1;1;0;0;1;1;0;0;1;0;1}) // returns 7

This number is returned directly to SEQUENCE for the start value. Now we have:

We use SORT to ensure that values are returned in the same order they appear in the source data. This array is handed off to the INDEX function as the *row_num* argument:

In a similar way, SEQUENCE is also used to generate an array for columns:

which is given to INDEX for the columns argument. Now we have:

The next step is to construct the array for INDEX to work with. We only want to work with "valid" entries, so we use the FILTER function to retrieve a list of entries where the the **temp** value is less than 75:

FILTER(data,temp<75)

The *array* argument is data, and the *include* argument is the expression **temp**<75. This can be translated literally as "return values from the named range **data** where values in **temp** are less than 75". The result is a 2D array with 3 columns and 7 rows:

{"0100",72,5;"0101",74,8;"0102",74,7;"0105",72,8;"0106",71,6;"0109",74,9;"0111",72,8}

Notice rows associated **temp** values greater than or equal to 75 been removed. This array is returned to the INDEX function for its *array* argument.

Finally, the INDEX function returns the last 3 entries from the array returned by FILTER.

*Note: Both the value for n and the logic used to test for valid entries is arbitrary in this example and can be adjusted as needed to suit your needs.*

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