# Excel AVERAGE questions.

August 5, 2009 12:38 PM Subscribe

Trying to get some modified AVERAGE results in Excel.

Right now I've got a formula in my workbook 'AVERAGE(Data!Z:Z)', pooling turnaround time data from a single column on a different sheet. Most of the values are in the five minute range (3.5, 4.2, 7.1, 5.0, etc), however there are also very occasionally (say 5-10 cells in an array of 3000 or so) values that are closer to 1-2 days (1500 minutes, 2000 minutes, etc).

Is there a way to modify or append the AVERAGE function to either a) weed out values outside of a certain range, or b) get a median average that drops something like the 10 lowest and highest values in the range, or the bottom and top 1%, or something similar?

Right now I've got a formula in my workbook 'AVERAGE(Data!Z:Z)', pooling turnaround time data from a single column on a different sheet. Most of the values are in the five minute range (3.5, 4.2, 7.1, 5.0, etc), however there are also very occasionally (say 5-10 cells in an array of 3000 or so) values that are closer to 1-2 days (1500 minutes, 2000 minutes, etc).

Is there a way to modify or append the AVERAGE function to either a) weed out values outside of a certain range, or b) get a median average that drops something like the 10 lowest and highest values in the range, or the bottom and top 1%, or something similar?

I'm sure someone will give the exact answer but in the meantime, take a look at the averageif function in help. It basically gives the averages if cells fit your condition.

posted by caelumluna at 12:47 PM on August 5, 2009

posted by caelumluna at 12:47 PM on August 5, 2009

Response by poster: Bwa-ha! That's exactly what I'm looking for, I think. Thanks!

posted by FatherDagon at 12:48 PM on August 5, 2009

posted by FatherDagon at 12:48 PM on August 5, 2009

Another option, just for reference, is the trimmed mean:

=trimmean(Z:Z, percent)

Where "percent" is some number (.1, for example) of values on either end of the spectrum that you want to include. So if you were to use that function on a dataset with 100 rows, and .1 (10%) as your percent, it would exclude the 5 highest and 5 lowest (5% on each side).

posted by toomuchpete at 1:26 PM on August 5, 2009 [1 favorite]

=trimmean(Z:Z, percent)

Where "percent" is some number (.1, for example) of values on either end of the spectrum that you want to include. So if you were to use that function on a dataset with 100 rows, and .1 (10%) as your percent, it would exclude the 5 highest and 5 lowest (5% on each side).

posted by toomuchpete at 1:26 PM on August 5, 2009 [1 favorite]

Ya I would use the standard IF function (but you will get pretty nested and convoluted) or AVERAGEIFS as Nanukthedog pointed out

posted by schindyguy at 6:05 PM on August 5, 2009

posted by schindyguy at 6:05 PM on August 5, 2009

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=AVERAGEIFS(DATA!Z:Z,DATA!Z:Z,"<100")

posted by Nanukthedog at 12:46 PM on August 5, 2009