# FILTER on top n values

To filter a set of data to show the top n values you can use the FILTER function together with the LARGE function. In the example shown, the formula in F5 is:

where **data** (B5:D16) and **score** (D5:D16) are named ranges.

This formula uses the FILTER function to retrieve data based on a logical test constructed with the LARGE function.

The LARGE function is a simple way to get the nth largest value in a range. Simply provide a range for the first argument (*array*), and a value for n as the second argument (*k*):

In this example, the logic for FILTER is constructed with this snippet:

score>=LARGE(score,3)

which returns TRUE when a score is greater than or equal to the 3rd highest score. Since there are 12 cells in the range D5:D16, this expression returns an array of 12 TRUE and FALSE values in an array like this:

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

This array is returned directly to the FILTER function as the *include* argument, where it is used to filter the data. Only rows where the result is TRUE make it into the final output. The result from the formula in F5 includes the 3 top scores in the data, which spill into the range F5:H7.

### Sort results by score

By default, FILTER will return matching records in the same order they appear in the source data. To sort results in *descending order by score*, you can nest the original FILTER formula inside the SORT function like this:

Here, FILTER returns results directly to the SORT function as the *array* argument. Sort index is set to 3 (score) and sort order is set to -1, for *descending* order.

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