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# How To Use FREQUENCY() Function in Google Sheets

Description

Calculates the frequency distribution of a one-column array into specified classes.

What does the FREQUENCY formula do?
How do I use the FREQUENCY formula in Google Sheets?
What are the arguments of the FREQUENCY formula?
Can the FREQUENCY formula handle non-numeric data?
How does the FREQUENCY formula handle empty cells?
Can the FREQUENCY formula work with ranges from multiple columns or sheets?
Are there any limitations or restrictions when using the FREQUENCY formula?

The FREQUENCY formula in Google Sheets is used to calculate the frequency distribution of values in a dataset. It counts the occurrences of values within a specified range and returns an array of frequencies. This formula is commonly used in data analysis and statistical calculations.

To use the FREQUENCY formula appropriately, follow these steps:

Select a range where you want to display the frequency distribution.
Enter the FREQUENCY formula, specifying the data range and the bins range as arguments.
Press Enter to calculate the frequencies.

The FREQUENCY formula can be mistyped in several ways. Here are a few common mistakes:
Misspelling the formula as "FREQUENCIES" or "FREQUENSY."
Omitting the required arguments or using incorrect argument syntax.
Mixing up the order of the data range and bins range arguments.
Using invalid or incompatible data types in the formula.

The FREQUENCY formula can be used inappropriately in a few common ways:
Applying the formula to non-numeric data or ranges containing non-numeric values.
Using the formula with incorrect or overlapping bins ranges.
Using the formula with data ranges that include empty cells or cells with text.

When using the FREQUENCY formula, there are some common pitfalls to watch out for:
Incorrectly setting up the bins range, which can lead to incorrect frequency results.
Failing to account for outliers or extreme values that may affect the distribution.
Not properly updating the formula when modifying the dataset, which can result in outdated frequencies.

Common mistakes when using the FREQUENCY formula include:
Forgetting to enter the formula as an array formula by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Enter instead of just Enter.
Incorrectly referencing ranges that are not the same size, leading to inaccurate results.
Neglecting to expand the output range to accommodate the resulting array of frequencies.

Common misconceptions people might have about the FREQUENCY formula:
Assuming that the formula automatically sorts the output frequencies in ascending or descending order.
Believing that the formula can handle complex statistical calculations beyond basic frequency distributions.
Expecting the formula to automatically update when new data is added, removed, or modified.

It's important to thoroughly understand the FREQUENCY formula and its usage to avoid these common pitfalls and misconceptions.

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How To Actually Use FREQUENCY() in Sheets

`FREQUENCY(data, classes)`

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