GAUSS function

This article describes the formula syntax and usage of the GAUSS function (function: A prewritten formula that takes a value or values, performs an operation, and returns a value or values. Use functions to simplify and shorten formulas on a worksheet, especially those that perform lengthy or complex calculations.) in Microsoft Excel.


Calculates the probability that a member of a standard normal population will fall between the mean and z standard deviations from the mean.



The GAUSS function syntax has the following arguments.

  • Z    Required. Returns a number.


  • If z is not a valid number, GAUSS returns the #NUM! error value.
  • If z is not a valid data type, GAUSS returns the #VALUE! error value.
  • Because NORM.S.DIST(0,True) always returns 0.5, GAUSS (z) will always be 0.5 less than NORM.S.DIST(z,True).


The workbook below shows examples of this function. Inspect them, change existing formulas, or enter your own formulas to learn how the function works.

To work more in-depth with the example data in Excel, download the embedded workbook to your computer, and then open it in Excel.

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Applies to:
Excel 2013, Excel Online