BETADIST function

Returns the cumulative beta probability density function. The beta distribution is commonly used to study variation in the percentage of something across samples, such as the fraction of the day people spend watching television.

 Important   This function has been replaced with one or more new functions that may provide improved accuracy and whose names better reflect their usage. Although this function is still available for backward compatibility, you should consider using the new functions from now on, because this function may not be available in future versions of Excel.

For more information about the new function, see BETA.DIST function.



The BETADIST function syntax has the following arguments (argument: A value that provides information to an action, an event, a method, a property, a function, or a procedure.):

  • X     Required. The value between A and B at which to evaluate the function.
  • Alpha     Required. A parameter of the distribution.
  • Beta     Required. A parameter of the distribution.
  • A     Optional. A lower bound to the interval of x.
  • B     Optional. An upper bound to the interval of x.


  • If any argument is nonnumeric, BETADIST returns the #VALUE! error value.
  • If alpha ≤ 0 or beta ≤ 0, BETADIST returns the #NUM! error value.
  • If x < A, x > B, or A = B, BETADIST returns the #NUM! error value.
  • If you omit values for A and B, BETADIST uses the standard cumulative beta distribution, so that A = 0 and B = 1.


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After you copy the example to a blank worksheet, you can adapt it to suit your needs.


Data Description
2 Value at which to evaluate the function
8 Parameter of the distribution
10 Parameter of the distribution
1 Lower bound
3 Upper bound
Formula Description (Result)
=BETADIST(A2,A3,A4,A5,A6) Cumulative beta probability density function, for the above parameters (0.685470581)
Applies to:
Excel 2010, Excel Web App, SharePoint Online for enterprises, SharePoint Online for professionals and small businesses