GAMMADIST function

Returns the gamma distribution. You can use this function to study variables that may have a skewed distribution. The gamma distribution is commonly used in queuing analysis.

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 function, see GAMMA.DIST function.



The GAMMADIST function syntax has the following arguments:

  • X     Required. The value at which you want to evaluate the distribution.

  • Alpha     Required. A parameter to the distribution.

  • Beta     Required. A parameter to the distribution. If beta = 1, GAMMADIST returns the standard gamma distribution.

  • Cumulative     Required. A logical value that determines the form of the function. If cumulative is TRUE, GAMMADIST returns the cumulative distribution function; if FALSE, it returns the probability density function.


  • If x, alpha, or beta is nonnumeric, GAMMADIST returns the #VALUE! error value.

  • If x < 0, GAMMADIST returns the #NUM! error value.

  • If alpha ≤ 0 or if beta ≤ 0, GAMMADIST returns the #NUM! error value.

  • The equation for the gamma probability density function is:


    The standard gamma probability density function is:


  • When alpha = 1, GAMMADIST returns the exponential distribution with:


  • For a positive integer n, when alpha = n/2, beta = 2, and cumulative = TRUE, GAMMADIST returns (1 - CHIDIST(x)) with n degrees of freedom.

  • When alpha is a positive integer, GAMMADIST is also known as the Erlang distribution.


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Value at which you want to evaluate the distribution


Alpha parameter to the distribution


Beta parameter to the distribution


Description (Result)


Probability gamma distribution with the terms above (0.032639)


Cumulative gamma distribution with the terms above (0.068094)

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

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