# Get last entry by month and year

To lookup the last entry in a table by month and year, you can use the LOOKUP function with the TEXT function. In the example shown, the formula in F5 is:

where B5:B13 and E5:E7 contain valid dates, and C5:C13 contains amounts.

### How this formula works

*Note: the lookup_value of 2 is deliberately larger than any values in the lookup_vector, following the concept of bignum.*

Working from the inside out, the expression:

generates strings like "0117" using the values in column B and E, which are then compared to each other. The result is an array like this:

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

where TRUE represents dates in the same month and year. The number 1 is then divided by this array. The result is an array of either 1's or divide by zero errors (#DIV/0!):

{1;1;1;#DIV/0!;#DIV/0!;#DIV/0!;#DIV/0!;#DIV/0!;#DIV/0!}

which goes into LOOKUP as the lookup array. LOOKUP assumes data is sorted in ascending order and always does an approximate match. When the lookup value of 2 can't be found, LOOKUP will match the previous value, so lookup will match the last 1 in the array.

Finally, LOOKUP returns the corresponding value in result_vector, which contains the amounts in C5:C13.` `

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