Returns the hypergeometric distribution.
HYPGEOM.DIST returns the probability of a given number of sample successes, given the sample size, population successes, and population size. Use HYPGEOM.DIST for problems with a finite population, where each observation is either a success or a failure, and where each subset of a given size is chosen with equal likelihood.
Syntax
HYPGEOM.DIST(sample_s,number_sample,population_s,number_pop,cumulative)
The HYPGEOM.DIST 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.):
 Sample_s Required. The number of successes in the sample.
 Number_sample Required. The size of the sample.
 Population_s Required. The number of successes in the population.
 Number_pop Required. The population size.
 Cumulative Required. A logical value that determines the form of the function. If cumulative is TRUE, then HYPGEOM.DIST returns the cumulative distribution function; if FALSE, it returns the probability mass function.
Remarks
 All arguments are truncated to integers.
 If any argument is nonnumeric, HYPGEOM.DIST returns the #VALUE! error value.
 If sample_s < 0 or sample_s is greater than the lesser of number_sample or population_s, HYPGEOM.DIST returns the #NUM! error value.
 If sample_s is less than the larger of 0 or (number_sample  number_population + population_s), HYPGEOM.DIST returns the #NUM! error value.
 If number_sample ≤ 0 or number_sample > number_population, HYPGEOM.DIST returns the #NUM! error value.
 If population_s ≤ 0 or population_s > number_population, HYPGEOM.DIST returns the #NUM! error value.
 If number_pop ≤ 0, HYPGEOM.DIST returns the #NUM! error value.
 The equation for the hypergeometric distribution is:
where:
x = sample_s
n = number_sample
M = population_s
N = number_pop
HYPGEOM.DIST is used in sampling without replacement from a finite population.
Example
A sampler of chocolates contains 20 pieces. Eight pieces are caramels, and the remaining 12 are nuts. If a person selects 4 pieces at random, the following function returns the probability that exactly 1 piece is a caramel.
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A 
B 
Data 
Description 
1 
Number of successes in the sample 
4 
Sample size 
8 
Number of successes in the population 
20 
Population size 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
=HYPGEOM.DIST(A2,A3,A4,A5,TRUE) 
Cumulative hypergeometric distribution function, for sample and population above (0.4654828) 
=HYPGEOM.DIST(A2,A3,A4,A5,FALSE) 
Probability hypergeometric distribution function, for sample and population above (0.36326109) 
