STANDARDIZE function

This article describes the formula syntax and usage of the STANDARDIZEfunction in Microsoft Excel.

Description

Returns a normalized value from a distribution characterized by mean and standard_dev.

Syntax

STANDARDIZE(x, mean, standard_dev)

The STANDARDIZE function syntax has the following arguments:

  • X    Required. The value you want to normalize.

  • Mean    Required. The arithmetic mean of the distribution.

  • Standard_dev    Required. The standard deviation of the distribution.

Remarks

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

  • The equation for the normalized value is:

    Equation

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

42

Value to normalize

40

Arithmetic mean of the distribution

1.5

Standard deviation of the distribution

Formula

Description (Result)

=STANDARDIZE(A2,A3,A4)

Normalized value of 42 for the terms above (1.333333)

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



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