CHIINV function

Returns the inverse of the right-tailed probability of the chi-squared distribution. If probability = CHIDIST(x,...), then CHIINV(probability,...) = x. Use this function to compare observed results with expected ones in order to decide whether your original hypothesis is valid.

Important   This function has been replaced with one or more new functions that may provide improved accuracy and whose names better reflect their usage. Although this function is still available for backward compatibility, you should consider using the new functions from now on, because this function may not be available in future versions of Excel.

For more information about the new functions, see CHISQ.INV function and CHISQ.INV.RT function.

Syntax

CHIINV(probability,deg_freedom)

The CHIINV function syntax has the following arguments:

  • Probability     Required. A probability associated with the chi-squared distribution.

  • Deg_freedom     Required. The number of degrees of freedom.

Remarks

  • If either argument is nonnumeric, CHIINV returns the #VALUE! error value.

  • If probability < 0 or probability > 1, CHIINV returns the #NUM! error value.

  • If deg_freedom is not an integer, it is truncated.

  • If deg_freedom < 1, CHIINV returns the #NUM! error value.

Given a value for probability, CHIINV seeks that value x such that CHIDIST(x, deg_freedom) = probability. Thus, precision of CHIINV depends on precision of CHIDIST. CHIINV uses an iterative search technique. If the search has not converged after 100 iterations, the function returns the #N/A error value.

Example

The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.

How do I copy an example?

  1. Select the example in this article.

    Important   Do not select the row or column headers.

    selecting an example from help

    Selecting an example from Help

  2. Press CTRL+C.

  3. In Excel, create a blank workbook or worksheet.

  4. In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.

    Important   For the example to work properly, you must paste it into cell A1 of the worksheet.

  5. To switch between viewing the results and viewing the formulas that return the results, press CTRL+` (grave accent), or on the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas button.

After you copy the example to a blank worksheet, you can adapt it to suit your needs.

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Data

Description

0.050001

Probability associated with the chi-squared distribution

10

Degrees of freedom

Formula

Description (Result)

=CHIINV(A2,A3)

Inverse of the one-tailed probability of the chi-squared distribution (18.3069735)

Applies To: Excel 2010, Excel Starter, Excel Online, SharePoint Online



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