PERCENTILE

Returns the k-th percentile of values in a range. You can use this function to establish a threshold of acceptance. For example, you can decide to examine candidates who score above the 90th percentile.

Syntax

PERCENTILE(array,k)

Array     is the array or range of data that defines relative standing.

K     is the percentile value in the range 0..1, inclusive.

Remarks

  • If array is empty or contains more than 8,191 data points, PERCENTILE returns the #NUM! error value.
  • If k is nonnumeric, PERCENTILE returns the #VALUE! error value.
  • If k is < 0 or if k > 1, PERCENTILE returns the #NUM! error value.
  • If k is not a multiple of 1/(n - 1), PERCENTILE interpolates to determine the value at the k-th percentile.

Example

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=PERCENTILE(A2:A5,0.3) 30th percentile of the list above (1.9)
 
 
Applies to:
Excel 2003