This category contains the array functions.
An array is a linked range of cells on a spreadsheet containing values. A square range of 3 rows and 3 columns is a 3 x 3 array:
| | A | B | C | | | ---- | -- | -- | -- | | 1 | 7 | 31 | 33 | | 2 | 95 | 17 | 2 | | 3 | 5 | 10 | 50 |
The smallest possible array is a 1 x 2 or 2 x 1 array with two adjacent cells.
A formula in which the individual values in a cell range are evaluated is referred to as an array formula. The difference between an array formula and other formulae is that the array formula deals with several values simultaneously instead of just one.
Not only can an array formula process several values, but it can also return several values. The results of an array formula is also an array.
To multiply the values in the individual cells by 10 in the above array, you do not need to apply a formula to each individual cell or value. Instead you just need to use a single array formula. Select a range of 3 x 3 cells on another part of the spreadsheet, enter the formula =10*A1:C3 and confirm this entry using the key combination Ctrl + Shift + Enter. The result is a 3 x 3 array in which the individual values in the cell range (A1:C3) are multiplied by a factor of 10.
In addition to multiplication, you can also use other operators on the reference range (an array). With Office Calc, you can add (+), subtract (-), multiply (*), divide (/), use exponents (^), concatenation (&) and comparisons (=, <>, <, >, <=, >=). The operators can be used on each individual value in the cell range and return the result as an array if the array formula was entered.
Comparison operators in an array formula treat empty cells in the same way as in a normal formula, that is, either as zero or as an empty string. For example, if cells A1 and A2 are empty the array formulae {=A1:A2=""} and {=A1:A2=0} will both return a 1 column 2 row array of cells containing TRUE.
Use array formulae if you have to repeat calculations using different values. If you decide to change the calculation method later, you only have to update the array formula. To add an array formula, select the entire array range and then make the required change to the array formula.
Array formulae are also a space saving option when several values must be calculated, since they are not very memory-intensive. In addition, arrays are an essential tool for carrying out complex calculations, because you can have several cell ranges included in your calculations. Office has different maths functions for arrays, such as the MMULT function for multiplying two arrays or the SUMPRODUCT function for calculating the scalar products of two arrays.
You can also create a "normal" formula in which the reference range, such as parameters, indicate an array formula. The result is obtained from the intersection of the reference range and the rows or columns in which the formula is found. If there is no intersection or if the range at the intersection covers several rows or columns, a #VALUE! error message will appear. The following example illustrates this concept:
If you create an array formula using the Function Wizard, you must mark the Array check box each time so that the results are returned in an array. Otherwise, only the value in the upper-left cell of the array being calculated is returned.
If you enter the array formula directly into the cell, you must use the key combination Shift + Ctrl + Enter instead of the Enter key. Only then does the formula become an array formula.
Array formulae are displayed in braces { } in Office Calc. You cannot create array formulae by manually entering the braces.
The cells in a results array are automatically protected against changes. However, you can edit, delete or copy the array formula by selecting the entire array cell range.
Calc supports inline matrix/array constants in formulae. An inline array is enclosed with braces '{' and '}'. Elements can be each a number (including negatives), a logical constant (TRUE, FALSE), or a literal string. Non-constant expressions are not allowed. Arrays can be entered with one or more rows, and one or more columns. All rows must consist of the same number of elements, all columns must consist of the same number of elements.
The column separator (separating elements in one row) and the row separator are language- and locale-dependent. But in this help content, the ';' semicolon and '|' pipe symbol are used to indicate the column and row separators, respectively. For example, in the English locale, the ',' comma is used as the column separator, while the ';' semicolon is used as the row separator.
You can view and change the row and column separator in Tools - Options - Calc - Formula - Separators.
Arrays can not be nested.
Examples:
={1;2;3}
An array with one row consisting of the three numbers 1, 2, and 3.
To enter this array constant, you select three cells in a row, then you type the formula ={1;2;3} using the curly braces and the semicolons, then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter.
={1;2;3|4;5;6}
An array with two rows and three values in each row.
={0;1;2|FALSE;TRUE;"two"}
A mixed data array.
=SIN({1;2;3})
Entered as a matrix formula, delivers the result of three SIN calculations with the arguments 1, 2, and 3.
Select the cell range or array containing the array formula. To select the whole array, position the cell cursor inside the array range, then press Ctrl
+ /
, where /
is the division key on the numeric keypad.
Either press F2 or position the cursor in the input line. Both of these actions let you edit the formula.
After you have made changes, press Ctrl + Shift + Enter.
You can format the separate parts of an array. For example, you can change the font colour. Select a cell range and then change the attribute you want.
Select the cell range or array containing the array formula. To select the whole array, position the cell cursor inside the array range, then press Ctrl
+ /
, where /
is the division key on the numeric keypad.
Press Delete
to delete the array contents, including the array formula, or press Backspace
and this brings up the Delete Contents dialogue box. Select Formula or Delete All and click OK.
Select the cell range or array containing the array formula.
Either press F2 or position the cursor in the input line.
Copy the formula into the input line by pressing Ctrl + C.
Select a range of cells where you want to insert the array formula and either press F2 or position the cursor in the input line.
Paste the formula by pressing Ctrl + V in the selected space and confirm it by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Enter. The selected range now contains the array formula.
If you want to edit the output array, do the following:
Select the cell range or array containing the array formula.
Below the selection, to the right, you will see a small icon with which you can zoom in or out on the range using your mouse.
When you adjust the array range, the array formula will not automatically be adjusted. You are only changing the range in which the result will appear.
By holding down the Ctrl key, you can create a copy of the array formula in the given range.
A conditional array calculation is an array or matrix formula that includes an IF() or CHOOSE() function. The condition argument in the formula is an area reference or a matrix result.
In the following example, the >0 test of the {=IF(A1:A3>0;"yes";"no")} formula is applied to each cell in the range A1:A3 and the result is copied to the corresponding cell.
| | A | B (formula) | B (result) | | | ---- | ----------- | ------------------------- | --- | | 1 | 1 | {=IF(A1:A3>0;"yes";"no")} | yes | | 2 | 0 | {=IF(A1:A3>0;"yes";"no")} | no | | 3 | 1 | {=IF(A1:A3>0;"yes";"no")} | yes |
The following functions provide forced array handling: CORREL, COVAR, FORECAST, FTEST, INTERCEPT, MDETERM, MINVERSE, MMULT, MODE, PEARSON, PROB, RSQ, SLOPE, STEYX, SUMPRODUCT, SUMX2MY2, SUMX2PY2, SUMXMY2, TTEST. If you use area references as arguments when you call one of these functions, the functions behave as array functions. The following table provides an example of forced array handling:
| | A | B (formula) | B (result) | C (forced array formula) | C (result) | | | ---- | ----------- | ---------- | ------------------------ | --------------------- | - | | 1 | 1 | =A1:A2+1 | 2 | =SUMPRODUCT(A1:A2+1) | 5 | | 2 | 2 | =A1:A2+1 | 3 | =SUMPRODUCT(A1:A2+1) | 5 | | 3 | | =A1:A2+1 | #VALUE! | =SUMPRODUCT(A1:A2+1) | 5 |
Indicates the frequency distribution in a one-column-array. The function counts the number of values in the Data array that are within the values given by the Classes array.
FREQUENCY(Data; Classes)
Data is the array of or reference to the set of values to be counted.
Classes is the array of limit values.
This function ignores any text or empty cell within a data range. If you suspect wrong results from this function, look for text in the data ranges. To highlight text contents in a data range, use the value highlighting feature.
You can find a general introduction to Array functions at the top of this page.
In the following table, column A lists unsorted measurement values. Column B contains the upper limit that you entered for the classes into which you want to divide the data in column A. According to the limit entered in B1, the FREQUENCY function returns the number of measured values less than or equal to 5. As the limit in B2 is 10, the FREQUENCY function returns the second result as the number of measured values that are greater than 5 and less than or equal to 10. The text that you entered in B6, ">25", is only for reference purposes.
| | A | B | C | | | ---- | -- | ---- | - | | 1 | 12 | 5 | 1 | | 2 | 8 | 10 | 3 | | 3 | 24 | 15 | 2 | | 4 | 11 | 20 | 3 | | 5 | 5 | 25 | 1 | | 6 | 20 | >25 | 1 | | 7 | 16 | | | | 8 | 9 | | | | 9 | 7 | | | | 10 | 16 | | | | 11 | 33 | | |
Select a single column range in which to enter the frequency for values that are greater than the upper class limit. You must select one field more than the class ceiling. In this example, select the range C1:C6. Call up the FREQUENCY function in the Function Wizard. Select the Data range in (A1:A11), and then the Classes range in which you entered the class limits (B1:B6). Mark the Array check box and click OK. You will see the frequency count in the range C1:C6.
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Calculates the points of an exponential trend in an array.
GROWTH(DataY [; [ DataX ] [; [ NewDataX ] [; FunctionType ] ] ])
DataY is the y-data array.
DataX (optional) is the x-data array.
NewDataX (optional) is the x-data array for which the values are recalculated.
FunctionType (optional). If FunctionType = 0, functions in the form y = m^x will be calculated. Otherwise, y = b*m^x functions will be calculated.
In the Office Calc functions, parameters marked as "optional" can be left out only when no parameter follows. For example, in a function with four parameters, where the last two parameters are marked as "optional", you can leave out parameter 4 or parameters 3 and 4, but you cannot leave out parameter 3 alone.
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This function returns an array and is handled in the same way as the other array functions. Select a range where you want the answers to appear and select the function. Select DataY. Enter any other parameters, mark Array and click OK.
Returns a table of statistics for a straight line that best fits a data set.
LINEST(data-Y [; data-X [; linearType [; stats]]])
Data-Y is a single row or column range specifying the y-coordinates in a set of data points.
Data-X is a corresponding single row or column range specifying the x-coordinates. If Data-X is omitted it defaults to 1, 2, 3, ..., n. If there is more than one set of variables Data-X may be a range with corresponding multiple rows or columns.
LINEST finds a straight line y = a + bx that best fits the data, using linear regression (the "least squares" method). With more than one set of variables the straight line is of the form y = a + b1*x1 + b2*x2 ... + bn*xn.
If linearType is FALSE the straight line found is forced to pass through the origin (the constant a is zero; y = bx). If omitted, linearType defaults to TRUE (the line is not forced through the origin).
If stats is omitted or FALSE only the top line of the statistics table is returned. If TRUE the entire table is returned.
LINEST returns a table (array) of statistics as below and must be entered as an array formula (for example by using Ctrl + Shift + Return rather than just Return).
In the Office Calc functions, parameters marked as "optional" can be left out only when no parameter follows. For example, in a function with four parameters, where the last two parameters are marked as "optional", you can leave out parameter 4 or parameters 3 and 4, but you cannot leave out parameter 3 alone.
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This function returns an array and is handled in the same way as the other array functions. Select a range for the answers and then the function. Select Data-Y. If you want, you can enter other parameters. Select Array and click OK.
The results returned by the system (if Stats = 0), will at least show the slope of the regression line and its intersection with the y-axis. If Stats does not equal 0, other results are to be displayed.
Examine the following examples:
| | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | | | ---- | -- | -- | --- | - | ------------ | ------ | ----- | | 1 | x1 | x2 | y | | LINEST value | | | | 2 | 4 | 7 | 100 | | 4,17 | -3,48 | 82,33 | | 3 | 5 | 9 | 105 | | 5,46 | 10,96 | 9,35 | | 4 | 6 | 11 | 104 | | 0,87 | 5,06 | #NA | | 5 | 7 | 12 | 108 | | 13,21 | 4 | #NA | | 6 | 8 | 15 | 111 | | 675,45 | 102,26 | #NA | | 7 | 9 | 17 | 120 | | | | | | 8 | 10 | 19 | 133 | | | | |
Column A contains several X1 values, column B several X2 values and column C the y-values. You have already entered these values in your spreadsheet. You have now set up E2:G6 in the spreadsheet and activated the Function Wizard. For the LINEST function to work, you must have marked the Array check box in the Function Wizard. Next, select the following values in the spreadsheet (or enter them using the keyboard):
Data-Y is C2:C8
Data-X is A2:B8
LinearType and Stats are both set to 1.
As soon as you click OK, Office Calc will fill the above example with the LINEST values as shown in the example.
The formula in the Formula bar corresponds to each cell of the LINEST array {=LINEST(C2:C8;A2:B8;1;1)}.
This represents the calculated LINEST values:
E2 and F2: Slope m of the regression line y = b + m*x for the x1 and x2 values. The values are given in reverse order; that is, the slope for x2 in E2 and the slope for x1 in F2.
G2: Intersection b with the y-axis.
E3 and F3: The standard error of the slope value.
G3: The standard error of the intercept
E4: RSQ
F4: The standard error of the regression calculated for the y-value.
E5: The F value from the variance analysis.
F5: The degrees of freedom from the variance analysis.
E6: The sum of the squared deviation of the estimated y-values from their linear mean.
F6: The sum of the squared deviation of the estimated y-value from the given y-values.
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This function calculates the adjustment of the entered data as an exponential regression curve (y=b*m^x).
LOGEST(DataY [; DataX [; FunctionType [; Stats]]])
DataY is the y-data array.
DataX (optional) is the x-data array.
FunctionType (optional). If FunctionType = 0, functions of the form y = m^x will be calculated. Otherwise, y = b*m^x functions will be calculated.
Stats (optional). If Stats=0, only the regression coefficient is calculated.
In the Office Calc functions, parameters marked as "optional" can be left out only when no parameter follows. For example, in a function with four parameters, where the last two parameters are marked as "optional", you can leave out parameter 4 or parameters 3 and 4, but you cannot leave out parameter 3 alone.
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See LINEST. However, no square sum will be returned.
Returns the array determinant of an array. This function returns a value in the current cell; it is not necessary to define a range for the results.
MDETERM(Array)
Array is a square array in which the determinants are defined.
You can find a general introduction to using Array functions on top of this page.
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Returns the inverse array.
MINVERSE(Array)
Array is a square array that is to be inverted.
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Select a square range and select MINVERSE. Select the output array, select the Array field and click OK.
Calculates the array product of two arrays. The number of columns for array 1 must match the number of rows for array 2. The square array has an equal number of rows and columns.
MMULT(Array 1; Array 2)
Array 1 represents the first array used in the array product.
Array 2 represents the second array with the same number of rows.
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Select a square range. Choose the MMULT function. Select Array 1, then select Array 2. Using the Function Wizard, mark the Array check box. Click OK. The output array will appear in the first selected range.
Returns the unitary square array of a certain size. The unitary array is a square array where the main diagonal elements equal 1 and all other array elements are equal to 0.
MUNIT(Dimensions)
Dimensions refers to the size of the array unit.
You can find a general introduction to Array functions at the top of this page.
Select a square range within the spreadsheet, for example, from A1 to E5.
Without deselecting the range, select the MUNIT function. Mark the Array check box. Enter the desired dimensions for the array unit, in this case 5, and click OK.
You can also enter the =MUNIT(5) formula in the last cell of the selected range (E5), and press Shift + Ctrl + Enter
.
You now see a unit array with a range of A1:E5.
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Multiplies corresponding elements in the given arrays, and returns the sum of those products.
SUMPRODUCT(Array 1[; Array 2;][...;[Array 255]])
Array 1[; Array 2;][...;[Array 255]] represent arrays whose corresponding elements are to be multiplied.
At least one array must be part of the argument list. If only one array is given, all array elements are summed. If more than one array is given, they must all be the same size.
| | A | B | C | D | | | ---- | -- | -- | -- | -- | | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | | 2 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | | 3 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 |
=SUMPRODUCT(A1:B3;C1:D3) returns 397.
Calculation: A1*C1 + B1*D1 + A2*C2 + B2*D2 + A3*C3 + B3*D3
You can use SUMPRODUCT to calculate the scalar product of two vectors.
SUMPRODUCT returns a single number, it is not necessary to enter the function as an array function.
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Returns the sum of the difference of squares of corresponding values in two arrays.
SUMX2MY2(ArrayX; ArrayY)
ArrayX is the first array whose elements are to be squared and added.
ArrayY is the second array whose elements are to be squared and subtracted.
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Returns the sum of the sum of squares of corresponding values in two arrays.
SUMX2PY2(ArrayX; ArrayY)
ArrayX is the first array whose elements are to be squared and added.
ArrayY is the second array, whose elements are to be squared and added.
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Adds the squares of the variance between corresponding values in two arrays.
SUMXMY2(ArrayX; ArrayY)
ArrayX is the first array whose elements are to be subtracted and squared.
ArrayY is the second array, whose elements are to be subtracted and squared.
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Transposes the rows and columns of an array.
TRANSPOSE(Array)
Array is the array in the spreadsheet that is to be transposed.
You can find a general introduction to using Array functions on top of this page.
In the spreadsheet, select the range in which the transposed array can appear. If the original array has n rows and m columns, your selected range must have at least m rows and n columns. Then enter the formula directly, select the original array and press Shift + Ctrl + Enter. Or, if you are using the Function Wizard, mark the Array check box. The transposed array appears in the selected target range and is protected automatically against changes.
| | A | B | C | D | | | ---- | - | - | - | - | | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | | 2 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 |
The above table is 2 rows, 4 columns. In order to transpose it, you must select 4 rows, 2 columns. Assuming you want to transpose the above table to the range A7:B10 (4 rows, 2 columns) you must select the entire range and then enter the following:
TRANSPOSE(A1:D2)
Then make sure to enter it as matrix formula with Shift + Ctrl + Enter. The result will be as follows:
| | A | B | | | ---- | - | - | | 7 | 2 | 6 | | 8 | 3 | 7 | | 9 | 4 | 8 | | 10 | 5 | 9 |
Returns values along a linear trend.
TREND(DataY [; DataX [; NewDataX [; LinearType]]])
DataY is the y-data array.
DataX (optional) is the x-data array.
NewDataX (optional) is the array of the x-data, which are used for recalculating values.
LinearType (optional). If LinearType = 0, then lines will be calculated through the zero point. Otherwise, offset lines will also be calculated. The default is LinearType <> 0.
In the Office Calc functions, parameters marked as "optional" can be left out only when no parameter follows. For example, in a function with four parameters, where the last two parameters are marked as "optional", you can leave out parameter 4 or parameters 3 and 4, but you cannot leave out parameter 3 alone.
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Select a spreadsheet range in which the trend data will appear. Select the function. Enter the output data or select it with the mouse. Mark the Array field, click OK. The trend data calculated from the output data is displayed.