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Excel LOGNORM.INV Function

The LOGNORM.INV function returns the inverse lognormal distribution for a given value of x. We can use the lognormal distribution to analyze data that has been logarithmically transformed.

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  • Probability (required): The probability associated with the lognormal distribution.
  • Mean (required): The arithmetic value of the mean of ln(x).
  • Standard_dev (required): The value of the standard deviation of ln(x).

Return Value

The LOGNORM.INV function returns a numeric value.

Function notes

  1. The LOGNORM.INV function was newly introduced In Excel 2010, so it is unavailable in earlier versions.
  2. The #VALUE! error value occurs if any of the supplied arguments is non-numeric.
  3. The #NUM! error value occurs if if any of the below situation occurs:
    • The supplied probability is ≤ 0 or ≥ 1;
    • The supplied standard_dev ≤ 0.
  4. The LOGNORM.INV function returns the inverse of the cumulative lognormal distribution of x in the LOGNORM.DIST function. It means that if the value of possibility in LOGNORM.INV equals to result of LOGNORM.DIST(x, mean, standard_dev, cumulative), then the result of LOGNORM.INV(probability, mean, standard_dev) equals to the value of x in LOGNORM.DIST.


As the below screenshot shows, there lists the values of probability, mean, and standard_dev parameters, to get the inverse of the cumulative lognormal distribution, please do as follows:

Please copy the formula below into cell F4, then press the Enter key to get the result.


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  1. To show you the relationship between LOGNORM.INV and LOGNORM.DIST, the probability in the data above is the result of the LOGNORM.DIST function.
    lognorm-inv function 3

    You can clearly see that when probability = LOGNORM.DIST(x,...), then LOGNORM.INV(probability,...) = x.

  2. We can also directly input values in the formula. The formula in cell F4 can be changed to:


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I am looking to find the value of x in a data set which is lognormally distributed with a mean of 10 and a std dev of 8 but the probabilities are not fixed and are randomized between 0 and 1. The value of this x feeds into a formula which I am intending to simulate.

I am using the formula lognorm.inv(rand(), 10,8) but this is giving me exponentially and unrealistically high numbers.

Any advice on this?

Thanks a ton in advance.
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