COVARIANCE.P function: Description, Usage, Syntax, Examples and Explanation
What is COVARIANCE.P function in Excel?
Syntax of COVARIANCE.P function
COVARIANCE.P(array1,array2)
The COVARIANCE.P function syntax has the following arguments:
- Array1 Required. The first cell range of integers.
- Array2 Required. The second cell range of integers.
COVARIANCE.P formula explanation
- The arguments must either be numbers or be names, arrays, or references that contain numbers.
- If an array or reference argument contains text, logical values, or empty cells, those values are ignored; however, cells with the value zero are included.
- If array1 and array2 have different numbers of data points, COVARIANCE.P returns the #N/A error value.
- If either array1 or array2 is empty, COVARIANCE.P returns the #DIV/0! error value.
- The covariance is:where
are the sample means AVERAGE(array1) and AVERAGE(array2), and n is the sample size.
Example of COVARIANCE.P function
Steps to follow:
1. Open a new Excel worksheet.
2. Copy data in the following table below and paste it in cell A1
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Data1 | Data2 | |
3 | 9 | |
2 | 7 | |
4 | 12 | |
5 | 15 | |
6 | 17 | |
Formula | Description | Result |
=COVARIANCE.P(A2:A6, B2:B6) | Covariance, the average of the products of deviations for each data point pair above | 5.2 |