AVEDEV

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Returns the average of the absolute deviations of data points from their mean. AVEDEV is a measure of the variability in a data set.

Syntax

AVEDEV ( number1 ,number2, ...)

Number1, number2, ... are 1 to 30 arguments for which you want the average of the absolute deviations.

Remarks

  • The arguments must be either numbers or column references that contain numbers.

  • If a column reference argument contains text, logical values, or is empty, those values are either ignored or return the #VALUE! error value; however, the value zero is included.

  • The equation for average deviation is:

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AVEDEV is influenced by the unit of measurement in the input data.

Example

Col1

Col2

Col3

Col4

Col5

Col6

Col7

Formula

Description (Result)

4

5

6

7

5

4

3

=AVEDEV([Col1],[Col2],[Col3],[Col4],[Col5],[Col6],[Col7])

Average of the absolute deviations of the numbers from their mean (1.020408)

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