# VARP

The `VARP` function is a statistical function in Google Sheets that returns the variance of a population based on a set of values. Variance is a measure of how spread out a set of data is from its average value. This function is commonly used in statistics and data analysis.

## Usage

Use the `VARP` formula with the syntax shown below, it has 1 required parameter and 1 optional parameter:

Parameters:
1. value1 (required):
The first value or range of values for which you want to calculate variance.
2. value2 (optional):
Additional values or ranges of values for which you want to calculate variance.

## Examples

Here are a few example use cases that explain how to use the `VARP` formula in Google Sheets.

### Calculating variance of a population

You can use `VARP` to calculate the variance of a population based on a set of values. This can help you understand how spread out the data is and how much it deviates from the average value.

### Analyzing data in a research project

In a research project, you may need to analyze data to draw conclusions. You can use `VARP` to calculate the variance of a population and compare it to other sets of data to gain insights.

### Tracking financial performance

In finance, you may need to track the performance of investments over time. You can use `VARP` to calculate the variance of a set of data and understand how much the returns deviate from the average.

## Common Mistakes

`VARP` not working? Here are some common mistakes people make when using the `VARP` Google Sheets Formula:

### Using the wrong data type

The `VARP` function only works with numerical data. If you try to use the function with non-numerical data, such as text or dates, it will return an error.

### Forgetting arguments

The `VARP` function requires at least one numerical argument. If you forget to provide any arguments, or provide non-numerical arguments, it will return an error.

### Using the wrong range

Make sure you select the correct range of cells for the `VARP` function. If the range you select contains non-numerical data or is too large, it may return an error or an incorrect result.

The following functions are similar to `VARP` or are often used with it in a formula:

• `VAR`

The `VAR` formula calculates the variance of a set of numerical values. Variance is a measure of how spread out a set of data is in relation to the mean. This formula is commonly used in statistical analysis to measure the variability or diversity of a dataset.

• `STDEV`

The `STDEV` function calculates the standard deviation of a set of numbers. It measures the amount of variation or dispersion of a set of values from the average (mean) value. It is commonly used in statistics to determine the spread of a data set. The values can be supplied as individual cells, ranges, or constants.

• `STDEVP`

The `STDEVP` function calculates the standard deviation of an entire population. It is commonly used in statistical analysis to measure the amount of variation or dispersion in a set of data. This function takes in at least two numerical arguments representing the values in the population for which you want to calculate the standard deviation.

You can learn more about the `VARP` Google Sheets function on Google Support.