NORMDIST function

Returns the normal distribution for the specified mean and standard deviation. This function has a very wide range of applications in statistics, including hypothesis testing.

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 NORM.DIST function.

Syntax

NORMDIST(x,mean,standard_dev,cumulative)

The NORMDIST function syntax has the following arguments:

  • X     Required. The value for which you want the distribution.

  • Mean     Required. The arithmetic mean of the distribution.

  • Standard_dev     Required. The standard deviation of the distribution.

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

Remarks

  • If mean or standard_dev is nonnumeric, NORMDIST returns the #VALUE! error value.

  • If standard_dev ≤ 0, NORMDIST returns the #NUM! error value.

  • If mean = 0, standard_dev = 1, and cumulative = TRUE, NORMDIST returns the standard normal distribution, NORMSDIST.

  • The equation for the normal density function (cumulative = FALSE) is:

    Equation

  • When cumulative = TRUE, the formula is the integral from negative infinity to x of the given formula.

Example

Copy the example data in the following table, and paste it in cell A1 of a new Excel worksheet. For formulas to show results, select them, press F2, and then press Enter. If you need to, you can adjust the column widths to see all the data.

Data

Description

42

Value for which you want the distribution

40

Arithmetic mean of the distribution

1.5

Standard deviation of the distribution

Formula

Description

Result

=NORMDIST(A2,A3,A4,TRUE)

Cumulative distribution function for the terms above

0.9087888

=NORMDIST(A2,A3,A4,FALSE)

Probability mass function for the terms above

0.10934

Applies To: Excel 2016 for Mac, Excel 2007, Excel 2016 Preview, Excel Starter, Excel 2010, Excel Online, Excel 2013, Excel for Mac 2011



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