STDEVPAfunction returns the standard deviation for the entire population given a sample of numbers as input. It is used to estimate the standard deviation of an entire population based on a sample. This function is useful when the entire population is not known and only a sample is available.
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STDEVPAformula not working?
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STDEVPA formula with the syntax shown below, it has 2 required parameters:
- value1 (required):
The first value or range of cells containing numbers to use in the calculation.
- value2 (required):
The second value or range of cells containing numbers to use in the calculation.
ExamplesHere are a few example use cases that explain how to use the
STDEVPAformula in Google Sheets.
Calculate the standard deviation of a sample
STDEVPA to estimate the standard deviation of an entire population based on a sample of numbers.
Analyze survey data
STDEVPA to determine the variability of responses to a survey question.
Evaluate investment risk
STDEVPA to calculate the standard deviation of investment returns to assess risk.
STDEVPAnot working? Here are some common mistakes people make when using the
STDEVPAGoogle Sheets Formula:
Incorrect argument types
Make sure that all arguments are either numbers or ranges of cells that contain numbers. If text or blank cells are included, the function will return an error.
Using a sample instead of the entire population
If you are trying to calculate the standard deviation of a sample of data, use the
STDEVP function instead of
The following functions are similar to
STDEVPA or are often used with it in a formula:
The AVERAGE function calculates the average (arithmetic mean) of the values passed to it. It is commonly used to find the average of a range of cells containing numerical data.
SUMfunction in Google Sheets adds up a range of numbers. This function is most commonly used to sum the values in a range of cells.
COUNTformula returns the number of numeric values within a specified range of cells. It is commonly used to count the number of entries in a given range that meet specific criteria, such as counting the number of sales above a certain threshold.
The VARPA function returns the variance of a population, which is the average of the squared differences from the mean. It is a statistical function commonly used to measure the variability or spread of a set of data. The VARPA function is similar to the VARP function, but it considers all values in the population, including text and logical values, instead of just numerical values.
You can learn more about the
STDEVPA Google Sheets function on Google Support.