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# How To Use STDEVPA() Function in Google Sheets

Description

Calculates the standard deviation based on an entire population, setting text to the value `0`.

Common questions about the STDEVPA formula:

• What is the STDEVPA formula?
• What is the difference between STDEVPA in Google Sheets and STDEVP in Microsoft Excel?
• How is STDEVPA calculated?

How can the STDEVPA formula be used appropriately?

• To calculate the standard deviation of a population of individual values in a dataset.
• To identify the average percentage change in the values in the dataset.
• To identify trends or differences between data points.

How can the STDEVPA formula be commonly mistyped?

What are some common ways the STDEVPA formula is used inappropriately?

• To calculate the average of the dataset instead of standard deviation.
• To calculate the standard deviation of a sample instead of a population.
• To substitute for other measures of variation such as the variance or the mean absolute deviation.

What are some common pitfalls when using the STDEVPA formula?

• Not accounting for outliers in the dataset.
• Not accounting for different types of bias or errors in the data.
• Not providing enough information to get an accurate result.

What are common mistakes when using the STDEVPA Formula?

• Not including all items in the dataset.
• Confusing STDEVPA with other formulas such as STDEV or STDEVP.
• Using STDEVPA on datasets with non-numeric values.

What are common misconceptions people might have with the STDEVPA Formula?

• Believing that the STDEVPA formula will always provide accurate results regardless of data quality and size.
• Believing that STDEVPA is the only way to measure a dataset’s standard deviation.
• Believing that STDEVPA is the only formula to measure a dataset’s average percentage change.

How To Actually Use STDEVPA() in Sheets

`STDEVPA(value1, value2)`

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