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Excel HARMEAN Function

Author: Amanda Li Last Modified: 2022-03-15

The HARMEAN function returns the harmonic mean of a supplied set of values. The harmonic mean is the reciprocal of the arithmetic mean of reciprocals.

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=HARMEAN(number1, [number2], ...)


  • number1 (required): The first positive number or range of positive numbers for which to calculate the harmonic mean.
  • [number2], ... (optional): The second and up to 253 more positive numbers or ranges of positive numbers for which to calculate the harmonic mean.

Return Value

The HARMEAN function returns a positive numeric value.

Function Notes

  • Arguments can be numbers, arrays, or references that contain numbers.
  • HARMEAN ignores blank cells.
  • If a text value is referenced by the HARMEAN function, HARMEAN will ignore it; If the text value is supplied directly to the HARMEAN (e.g., =HARMEAN(“kutools”)), the function will return the #VALUE! error.
  • If a logical value is referenced by the HARMEAN function, HARMEAN will ignore it; If the logical value is supplied directly to the HARMEAN, the function will treat is as a number (TRUE=1, FALSE=0).
  • If any supplied values are not positive (≤ 0), HARMEAN will return the #NUM! error value.
  • If there are any error values in any of the arguments, HARMEAN will return the first error value.
  • The equation for the harmonic mean is:
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  • √ Note: For more information about the harmonic mean, please view the Wikipedia Harmonic Mean Page.


Supposing you have a table with numbers as shown below, to get the harmonic mean of the numbers, please copy or enter one of the formulas below in a blank cell, and press Enter to get the result:



Or, use cell references to make the formulas dynamic:



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Related functions

Excel GEOMEAN Function

The GEOMEAN function returns the geometric mean of an array or range of positive numbers. The geometric mean can be used for a set of numbers whose values are meant to be multiplied together or are exponential in nature, e.g., a set of growth figures.

Excel TRIMMEAN Function

The Excel TRIMMEAN function calculates mean (average) while excluding outliers. The number of data points to exclude is provided as a percentage.

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