Excel 2016: Basic Statistical Functions

Updated 2017.07.30

# Objectives:

·
Learn
how to use functions to calculate the **Sum, Average, Count, Max, **and **Min**
of a range of cells.

Sample data file: Advising.txt.
Note that this is a text file and must be "imported" using the Text
Import Wizard.

# Simple Statistical
Functions

Excel has some built-in functions that
can be used to provide statistical information regarding that data in a list.
Five of the most often-used functions are available on the ribbon. To access
these functions from the ribbon:

·
Click
on the **Home** tab.

·
In
the **Editing **group, click on the **down-arrow** on the **Autosum**** **button.

·
Select
the desired function.

a

**Sum(**<values>**)**. Sums all of
the values that are listed. Note that the values can be individual cells (e.g.
B10), or ranges (e.g. b10:D30), or named ranges (e.g. "credits"), or
any combination with commas separating adjacent cells/ranges.

**Average(**<values>**)**. Finds the
average of the values in the list.

**Count(**<values>**)**. Counts the
number of cells in the list.

**Max(**<values>**)**. Finds the
maximum of the values in the list.

**Min(**<values>**)**. Finds the
minimum of the values in the list.

#### Example: Calculate
statistics for the advising list

## Sum

To find out the total number of
credits for all students:

=Sum(E2:E44)

## Average

To
find out the average number of credits for any student:

=Average(E2:E44)

## Count Numbers

To find out the number of students in
the list (note that while it appears that we could count any column here, these
functions only work on cells with numbers in them):

=Count(E2:E44)

## Max

To find out the largest number of
credits for any student:

=Max(E2:E44)

## Min

To find out the smallest number of
credits for any student:

=Min(E2:E44)