VARA function: Description, Usage, Syntax, Examples and Explanation

What is VARA function in Excel?

VARA function is one of Statistical functions in Microsoft Excel that estimates variance based on a sample.

Syntax of VARA function

VARA(value1, [value2], …)

The VARA function syntax has the following arguments:

  • Value1, value2, …    Value1 is required, subsequent values are optional. 1 to 255 value arguments corresponding to a sample of a population.

Explanation of VARA function

  • VARA assumes that its arguments are a sample of the population. If your data represents the entire population, you must compute the variance by using VARPA.
  • Arguments can be the following: numbers; names, arrays, or references that contain numbers; text representations of numbers; or logical values, such as TRUE and FALSE, in a reference.
  • Logical values and text representations of numbers that you type directly into the list of arguments are counted.
  • Arguments that contain TRUE evaluate as 1; arguments that contain text or FALSE evaluate as 0 (zero).
  • If an argument is an array or reference, only values in that array or reference are used. Empty cells and text values in the array or reference are ignored.
  • Arguments that are error values or text that cannot be translated into numbers cause errors.
  • If you do not want to include logical values and text representations of numbers in a reference as part of the calculation, use the VAR function.
  • VARA uses the following formula:Formulawhere x is the sample mean AVERAGE(value1,value2,…) and n is the sample size.

Example of VARA function

Steps to follow:

1. Open a new Excel worksheet.

2. Copy data in the following table below and paste it in cell A1

Note: For formulas to show results, select them, press F2 key on your keyboard and then press Enter.

You can adjust the column widths to see all the data, if need be.

Formula Description Result
=VARA(A2:A11) Estimates the variance for the breaking strength of the tools being tested. VARA assumes a population sample. 754.26667

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