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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

How to perform descriptive statistics using MS Excel

Here’s a way to do some descriptive statistics using the MS Excel Analysis ToolPak add-in.

1. Encode your data vertically in a worksheet.

2. Click the Data tab, and then click the Data Analysis command icon. If you cannot see the Data Analysis command in your Excel application, read the previous post to learn how to load the Analysis ToolPak add-in.

3. In the Data Analysis dialogue box, select descriptive statistics, and then click Ok.

4. In the Descriptive Analysis dialogue box, enter the input range and the output range values, check the descriptive statistics you wish to be computed (summary statistics, confidence level, etc.) and then click Ok. Note: If you have included the column title in the input range, check Labels in first row.

5. The results will be displayed in the output range you have specified.

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2 comments:

mirahsan2 said...

Is there a way to add labels to the Descriptive Stats list? Like X with a bar on top for mean, etc.? I'm using Excel 2010.

Mike Arieh Medina said...

for MS Excel I use the Equation Editor (Insert>Object>Microsoft Equation)

for MS Word you can try this one
http://www.ehow.com/how_8169969_make-xbar-symbol-word.html

 
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