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Excel GAUSS function

The GAUSS function calculates the probability that a member of a standard normal population falls between the mean and z standard deviation from the mean.

Note: This GAUSS function is only available in Excel 2013 and later versions.

Syntax

=GAUSS(z)

Arguments

z (required): A number that you want to evaluate the GAUSS function.

Remarks

1. The #NUM! error occurs if z is not a valid number;
2. The #VALUE! error occurs if z is not a valid data type;
3. If you are using Excel 2010 and earlier versions, you can apply the following formula to achieve the same result as the GAUSS function.
=NORM.S.DIST(z,TRUE)-0.5
4. Since NORM.S.DIST(0, TRUE) always returns 0.5, GAUSS(z) will always be 0.5 less than the result returned by NORM.S.DIST(z, TRUE).

Return value

It returns a numeric value.

Example

The following examples demonstrate how to use the GAUSS function in Excel.

Select a cell (such as C6) next to the number at which you want to evaluate the GAUSS function, enter the formula below and press the Enter key to get the first result. Select this result cell and then drag its AutoFill Handle down to get the rest of the results.

=GAUSS(B6)

Notes:

1) The argument in the formula above is supplied as a cell reference. You can directly type a number as the argument in the formula. Here the formula in C6 can be changed to:
=GAUSS(1)
2) If you are using Excel 2010 and earlier versions, you can apply the following formula to get the same result as the GAUSS function.
=NORM.S.DIST(B6,TRUE)-0.5

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