This article describes the formula syntax and usage of the MULTINOMIAL 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.
Returns the ratio of the factorial of a sum of values to the product of factorials.
MULTINOMIAL(number1, [number2], ...)
The MULTINOMIAL 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.):
- Number1, number2, ... Number1 is required, subsequent numbers are optional. 1 to 255 values for which you want the multinomial.
- If any argument is nonnumeric, MULTINOMIAL returns the #VALUE! error value.
- If any argument is less than zero, MULTINOMIAL returns the #NUM! error value.
- The multinomial is:
The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.
How do I copy an example?
- Select the example in this article. If you are copying the example in Excel Online, copy and paste one cell at a time.
Important: Do not select the row or column headers.
Selecting an example from Help
- Press CTRL+C.
- Create a blank workbook or worksheet.
- In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V. If you are working in Excel Online, repeat copying and pasting for each cell in the example.
Important: For the example to work properly, you must paste it into cell A1 of the worksheet.
- To switch between viewing the results and viewing the formulas that return the results, press CTRL+` (grave accent), or on the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas button.
After you copy the example to a blank worksheet, you can adapt it to suit your needs.
|=MULTINOMIAL(2, 3, 4)
||Ratio of the factorial of a sum of 2, 3 and 4 to the product of factorials (1260)