QUARTILE function

Returns the quartile of a data set. Quartiles often are used in sales and survey data to divide populations into groups. For example, you can use QUARTILE to find the top 25 percent of incomes in a population.

 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 functions, see QUARTILE.EXC function and QUARTILE.INC function.

Syntax

QUARTILE(array,quart)

The QUARTILE 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.):

  • Array     Required. The array or cell range of numeric values for which you want the quartile value.
  • Quart     Required. Indicates which value to return.
If quart equals QUARTILE returns
0 Minimum value
1 First quartile (25th percentile)
2 Median value (50th percentile)
3 Third quartile (75th percentile)
4 Maximum value

Remarks

  • If array is empty, QUARTILE returns the #NUM! error value.
  • If quart is not an integer, it is truncated.
  • If quart < 0 or if quart > 4, QUARTILE returns the #NUM! error value.
  • MIN, MEDIAN, and MAX return the same value as QUARTILE when quart is equal to 0 (zero), 2, and 4, respectively.

Example

The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.

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  1. 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

Selecting an example from Help

  1. Press CTRL+C.
  2. Create a blank workbook or worksheet.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

 
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=QUARTILE(A2:A9,1) First quartile (25th percentile) of the data above (3.5)
 
 
Applies to:
Excel 2010, Excel Web App, SharePoint Online for enterprises, SharePoint Online for professionals and small businesses