Compatibility Functions

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Compatibility functions were replaced with new functions in Microsoft® Excel® 2010 and higher. However, they are still available for backward compatibility with earlier Excel versions. Our Spreadsheet correctly interprets and evaluates these functions.

We recommend that you use new and more precise functions instead of the functions listed below.

Name Description Syntax
BETADIST Returns the cumulative beta probability density function. BETADIST(x,alpha,beta,[A],[B])
BETAINV Returns the inverse of the cumulative beta probability density function for a specified beta distribution. BETAINV(probability,alpha,beta,A,B)
BINOMDIST Returns the individual term binomial distribution probability. BINOMDIST(number_s,trials,probability_s,cumulative)
CHIDIST Returns the one-tailed probability of the chi-squared distribution. CHIDIST(x,degrees_freedom)
CHIINV Returns the inverse of the right-tailed probability of the chi-squared distribution. CHIINV(probability,degrees_freedom)
CHITEST Returns the test for independence as the value from the chi-squared distribution for the statistic and the appropriate degrees of freedom. CHITEST(actual_range,expected_range)
CONFIDENCE Returns the confidence interval for a population mean using a normal distribution. CONFIDENCE(alpha,standard_dev,size)
COVAR Returns covariance, the average of the products of deviations for each data point pair in two data sets. COVAR(array1,array2)
CRITBINOM Returns the smallest value for which the cumulative binomial distribution is greater than or equal to a criterion value. CRITBINOM(trials,probability_s,alpha)
EXPONDIST Returns the exponential distribution. EXPONDIST(x,lambda,cumulative)
FDIST Returns the F probability distribution (degree of diversity) for two data sets. FDIST(x,degrees_freedom1,degrees_freedom2)
FINV Returns the inverse of the F probability distribution. FINV(probability,degrees_freedom1,degrees_freedom2)
FTEST Returns the two-tailed probability that the variances in array1 and array2 are not significantly different. FTEST(array1,array2)
GAMMADIST Returns the gamma distribution. GAMMADIST(x,alpha,beta,cumulative)
GAMMAINV Returns the inverse of the gamma cumulative distribution. GAMMAINV(probability,alpha,beta)
HYPGEOMDIST Returns the hypergeometric distribution. HYPGEOMDIST(sample_s,number_sample,population_s,number_pop)
LOGINV Returns the inverse of the lognormal cumulative distribution function. LOGINV(probability,mean,standard_dev)
LOGNORMDIST Returns the cumulative lognormal distribution. LOGNORMDIST(x,mean,standard_dev)
MODE Returns the most frequently occurring, or repetitive, value in an array or data range. MODE(number1,[number2],…])
NEGBINOMDIST Returns the negative binomial distribution. NEGBINOMDIST(number_f,number_s,probability_s)
NORMDIST Returns the normal distribution for the specified mean and standard deviation. NORMDIST(x,mean,standard_dev,cumulative)
NORMINV Returns the inverse of the normal cumulative distribution for the specified mean and standard deviation. NORMINV(probability,mean,standard_dev)
NORMSDIST Returns the standard normal cumulative distribution function. NORMSDIST(z)
NORMSINV Returns the inverse of the standard normal cumulative distribution. NORMSINV(probability)
PERCENTILE Returns the k-th percentile of values in a range. PERCENTILE(array,k)
PERCENTRANK Returns the rank of a value in a data set as a percentage of the data set. PERCENTRANK(array,x,[significance])
POISSON Returns the Poisson distribution. POISSON(x,mean,cumulative)
QUARTILE Returns the quartile of a data set. QUARTILE(array,quart)
RANK Returns the rank of a number in a list of numbers. RANK(number,ref,[order])
STDEV Calculates standard deviation based on a sample. STDEV(number1,[number2],…])
STDEVP Calculates standard deviation based on the entire population. STDEVP(number1,[number2],…])
TINV Returns the two-tailed inverse of the Student’s t-distribution. TINV(probability,degrees_freedom)
TDIST Returns the Percentage Points (probability) for the Student t-distribution where a numeric value (x) is a calculated value of t for which the Percentage Points are to be computed. TDIST(x,degrees_freedom,tails)
TTEST Returns the probability associated with a Student’s t-Test. TTEST(array1,array2,tails,type)
VAR Calculates variance based on a sample. VAR(number1,[number2],…])
VARP Calculates variance based on the entire population. VARP(number1,[number2],…])
WEIBULL Returns the Weibull distribution. WEIBULL(x,alpha,beta,cumulative)
ZTEST Returns the one-tailed probability-value of a z-test. ZTEST(array,x,[sigma])
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