NORMSDISTfunction returns the area under a normal distribution curve to the left of a specified value. This function is commonly used in statistics to calculate probabilities.
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NORMSDIST formula with the syntax shown below, it has 1 required parameter:
- x (required):
The value for which you want to calculate the area under the normal distribution curve.
ExamplesHere are a few example use cases that explain how to use the
NORMSDISTformula in Google Sheets.
Calculate the probability of a value from a normal distribution
You can use the
NORMSDIST function to calculate the probability of a value from a normal distribution by providing the value as the
Calculate the z-score of a value from a normal distribution
If you know the mean and standard deviation of a normal distribution, you can use the
NORMSDIST function to calculate the z-score of a value by subtracting the mean from the value and dividing the result by the standard deviation.
Calculate the critical value of a normal distribution
You can use the
NORMSDIST function to calculate the critical value of a normal distribution for a given level of significance by finding the value of
x such that
NORMSDIST(x) = α/2, where
α is the level of significance.
NORMSDISTnot working? Here are some common mistakes people make when using the
NORMSDISTGoogle Sheets Formula:
Incorrect use of arguments
One common mistake is to use the wrong type or number of arguments. The NORMSDIST function only takes one argument, which should be a numerical value. If you provide more than one argument or a non-numerical value, you will get an error.
Another common mistake is to forget to use parentheses around the argument. The correct syntax for the NORMSDIST function is NORMSDIST(x), where x is the numerical value you want to evaluate. If you forget the parentheses, you will get an error.
Incorrect range reference
Sometimes users mistakenly reference a range of cells instead of a single cell. The NORMSDIST function only works with a single value, so if you reference a range of cells, you will get an error. Make sure you reference a single cell that contains the value you want to evaluate.
Mistakenly using NORMDIST instead
NORMDIST is a similar function to NORMSDIST, but it returns the probability density function instead of the cumulative distribution function. If you mistakenly use NORMDIST instead of NORMSDIST, you will get a different result than what you intended.
Incorrect interpretation of the result
One common mistake is to misinterpret the result returned by the NORMSDIST function. The function returns a probability value between 0 and 1, which represents the area under the standard normal curve to the left of the given value. Some users may interpret this value as a percentage or a decimal, which can lead to incorrect conclusions.
The following functions are similar to
NORMSDIST or are often used with it in a formula:
NORMSINVfunction calculates the inverse of the standard normal cumulative distribution for a specified value of x. It is commonly used in statistical analysis to transform data from a normal distribution to a standard normal distribution with a mean of 0 and a standard deviation of 1.
NORMDISTfunction in Google Sheets calculates the normal distribution for a specified value, mean, and standard deviation. It returns the probability of a value occurring within a specified range of a normal distribution. It is commonly used in statistics, finance, and science to analyze data and make predictions.
NORMINVfunction returns the inverse of the normal cumulative distribution for a specified value, mean, and standard deviation. It is commonly used in statistics to find the value at which a given percentage of observations lie below that value.
You can learn more about the
NORMSDIST Google Sheets function on Google Support.