What's New: Changes made to Excel functions

To provide improved function accuracy, consistent functionality that meets expectation, and function names that more accurately describe their functionality, several Excel functions have been updated, renamed, or added to the function library in Excel 2010.

For backward compatibility, renamed functions remain available with their old name.

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Functions with accuracy improvements

For the following functions, algorithm changes have been implemented to improve function accuracy and performance. For example, because the BETADIST function was inaccurate, a new algorithm has been implemented to improve the accuracy of this function. The MOD function now uses new algorithms to achieve both accuracy and speed, and the RAND function now uses a new random number algorithm.

Improved function Function category
ASINH function Math and trigonometry functions
BETA.DIST function, BETADIST function Statistical functions, Compatibility functions
BETA.INV function, BETAINV function Statistical functions, Compatibility functions
BINOM.DIST function, BINOMDIST function Statistical functions, Compatibility functions
BINOM.INV function, CRITBINOM function Statistical functions, Compatibility functions
CHISQ.INV.RT function, CHIINV function Statistical functions, Compatibility functions
CHISQ.TEST function, CHITEST function Statistical functions, Compatibility functions
CONVERT function Engineering functions
CUMIPMT function Financial functions
CUMPRINC function Financial functions
ERF function Engineering functions
ERFC function Engineering functions
F.DIST.RT function, FDIST function Statistical functions, Compatibility functions
F.INV.RT function, FINV function Statistical functions, Compatibility functions
FACTDOUBLE function Math and trigonometry functions
GAMMA.DIST function, GAMMADIST function Statistical functions, Compatibility functions
GAMMA.INV function, GAMMAINV function

Statistical functions

Compatibility functions

GAMMALN function Statistical functions
GEOMEAN function Statistical functions
HYPGEOM.DIST function, HYPGEOMDIST function Statistical functions, Compatibility functions
IMLOG2 function Engineering functions
IMPOWER function Engineering functions
IPMT function Financial functions
IRR function Financial functions
LINEST function Statistical functions
LOGNORM.DIST function, LOGNORMDIST function Statistical functions, Compatibility functions
LOGNORM.INV function, LOGINV function Statistical functions, Compatibility functions
MOD function Math and trigonometry functions
NEGBINOM.DIST function, NEGBINOMDIST function Statistical functions, Compatibility functions
NORM.DIST function, NORMDIST function Statistical functions, Compatibility functions
NORM.INV function, NORMINV function Statistical functions, Compatibility functions
NORM.S.DIST function, NORMSDIST function Statistical functions, Compatibility functions
NORM.S.INV function, NORMSINV function Statistical functions, Compatibility functions
PMT function Financial functions
PPMT function Financial functions
POISSON.DIST function, POISSON function Statistical functions, Compatibility functions
RAND function Math and trigonometry functions
STDEV.S function, STDEV function Statistical functions, Compatibility functions
T.DIST.RT function, TDIST function Statistical functions, Compatibility functions
T.DIST.2T function Statistical functions
T.INV.2T function, TINV function Statistical functions, Compatibility functions
VAR.S function, VAR function Statistical functions, Compatibility functions
XIRR function Financial functions

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Renamed functions

The following Statistical functions have been renamed so that they are more consistent with the function definitions of the scientific community and with other function names in Excel. The new function names also more accurately describe their functionality. For example, because CRITBINOM returns the inverse of the binomial distribution, BINOM.INV is a more appropriate name.

Some renamed functions, such as BETA.DIST, have an additional parameter so you can specify the type of distribution (left-tail cumulative or probability density).

For backward compatibility with earlier versions of Excel, the functions are still available with their old name in the Compatibility functions category. However, if backward compatibility is not required, you should start using the renamed functions instead.

Renamed statistical functions

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New functions

The following functions have been added to the Excel function library. These functions can be used in the current version of Excel but are incompatible with earlier versions of Excel. If backward compatibility is required, you can run the Compatibility Checker so that you can make the necessary changes in your worksheet to avoid errors.

New function Function category Purpose
NETWORKDAYS.INTL function Date and time functions Returns the number of whole workdays between two dates using parameters to indicate which and how many days are weekend days
WORKDAY.INTL function Date and time functions Returns the serial number of the date before or after a specified number of workdays using parameters to indicate which and how many days are weekend days
AGGREGATE function Math and trigonometry functions Returns an aggregate in a list or database
CEILING.PRECISE function Math and trigonometry functions Rounds a number the nearest integer or to the nearest multiple of significance. Regardless of the sign of the number, the number is rounded up.
ISO.CEILING function Math and trigonometry functions Rounds a number up to the nearest integer or to the nearest multiple of significance
CHISQ.DIST function Statistical functions Returns the cumulative beta probability density function
CHISQ.INV function Statistical functions Returns the cumulative beta probability density function
CONFIDENCE.T function Statistical functions Returns the confidence interval for a population mean, using a Student's t distribution
COVARIANCE.S function Statistical functions Returns the sample covariance, the average of the products deviations for each data point pair in two data sets
ERF.PRECISE function Engineering functions Returns the error function
ERFC.PRECISE function Engineering functions Returns the complementary ERF function integrated between x and infinity
F.DIST function Statistical functions Returns the F probability distribution
F.INV function Statistical functions Returns the inverse of the F probability distribution
FLOOR.PRECISE function Math and trigonometry functions Rounds a number the nearest integer or to the nearest multiple of significance. Regardless of the sign of the number, the number is rounded up.
GAMMALN.PRECISE function Statistical functions Returns the natural logarithm of the gamma function, Γ(x)
MODE.MULT function Statistical functions Returns a vertical array of the most frequently occurring, or repetitive values in an array or range of data
PERCENTILE.EXC function Statistical functions Returns the k-th percentile of values in a range, where k is in the range 0..1, exclusive
PERCENTRANK.EXC function Statistical functions Returns the rank of a value in a data set as a percentage (0..1, exclusive) of the data set
QUARTILE.EXC function Statistical functions Returns the quartile of the data set, based on percentile values from 0..1, exclusive
RANK.AVG function Statistical functions Returns the rank of a number in a list of numbers
T.DIST function Statistical functions Returns the Percentage Points (probability) for the Student t-distribution
T.INV function Statistical functions Returns the t-value of the Student's t-distribution as a function of the probability and the degrees of freedom

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Backward Compatibility

If you have to share your worksheet with other people who do not have Excel 2010 installed, you can use the compatibility functions instead of the renamed functions. Earlier versions of Excel recognize the old names and provide the expected results.

Finding compatibility functions

To find all compatibility functions, do the following:

  1. On the Formulas tab, in the Function Library group, click Insert Function.
  2. In the Or select a category box, click Compatibility.

Insert Function dialog box

Selecting the right function in the worksheet

When you start entering a function in the worksheet, Formula AutoComplete lists both renamed and compatibility functions. Distinguishing icons make it easier for you to click the one that you want to use.

Formula AutoComplete example

Checking for compatibility issues

As mentioned earlier in this article, new functions are incompatible with earlier versions of Excel. Earlier versions of Excel cannot recognize the new functions, and #NAME? errors will be displayed instead of the expected results. Before you save your workbook to a file format of an earlier version of Excel, you can run the Compatibility Checker to determine whether new functions were used. This way, you can make the necessary changes to avoid errors.

To run the Compatibility Checker, do the following:

  1. Click the Office Button, and then click Info.
  2. Under Prepare for Distribution, click Check for Issues, and then click Check Compatibility.

Compatibility Checker dialog box

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Applies to:
Excel 2010