In this article, we will learn How to use the AVERAGE function in Excel.
What is AVERAGE or MEAN? And What type of Excel functions use it?
AVERAGEA function is a built-in function to calculate the average or mean of the range of data values provided. The average or mean for the set of values is calculated using the formula shown below.
There are newer and updated versions of AVERAGE function used for a different set of dataset values.
AVERAGE Function in Excel
AVERAGE function calculates the average of the input array numbers ignoring text and logic values.
AVERAGE function Syntax:
array : input multiple number as array reference with the function. Like values at array A5:A500.
All of these might be confusing to understand. Let's understand how to use the function using an example.
Refer to these 7 different examples for the usage of Average function in Microsoft Excel on the basis of following sample data:
In the sample 1 we have few numbers for which we want to calculate average. Follow the steps given below:
Note: It can take up to 255 number of arguments in Excel 2007 or later versions.
Formula Explanation: A8 to A12 as range in the first argument, then we close the parentheses and hit enter. The function returns 4.6 as the average of these 5 numbers. Also, if you sum up these numbers 5 + 8 + 1 + 3 + 6 it will be equal to 23. And, as we have 5 numbers of cells in the argument, and when we divide 23 by 5, it returns 4.6 which is an average.
In this example, we’ll see how AVERAGE function handles any empty cell or cells that contain text in the range, follow the steps given below:
Formula Explanation: In this case function returns 6 as average. Because cell B9 is ignored by AVERAGE function, since it contains text instead of a number and function found no value in B11.
In this example, we’ll learn if there is a cell that contains zero in the range. Follow the steps given below:
In this example, we can see that one of the cell contains date within a range. So, we’ll learn that how Average function will work in case of any cell that contains date.
Follow given below steps:
Function returns 8405. It is because in Excel, dates are saved as numbers. In this example, we have taken 1st Jan,2015 which is equivalent to 42005
In this example, we have taken text in the range for which we want to calculate average.
Follow the steps given below:
It means Average function does not consider text value while performing the calculation. And by doing so it provides accurate results.
In this example, we’ll learn if a cell is having #N/A error within a range for which we want to calculate average, then how Average function will perform.
Follow the steps given below:
If any cell contains an error, the formula would also return error.
In this example, we’ll check if the selected range for average function is blank and how Average function will work.
Follow the steps given below:
The function will return #DIV/0! Error because function did not find any value to be averaged in the argument.
In this way we can make use of the average function in MS-Excel.
Here are all the observational notes using the AVERAGE function in Excel
Video: How to use AVERAGE function in Excel
Watch the steps in this short video, and the written instructions are above the video
Hope this article about How to use the AVERAGE function in Excel is explanatory. You can use these functions in Excel 2016, 2013 and 2010. Find more articles on Mathematical operation and formulation with different criteria.
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