Data Analysis


This section illustrates the powerful features Excel has to offer to analyze data.

Sort: You can sort your Excel data on one column or multiple columns. You can sort in ascending or descending order.

2 Filter: Filter your Excel data if you only want to display records that meet certain criteria.

3 Conditional Formatting: Conditional formatting in Excel enables you to highlight cells with a certain color, depending on the cell's value.

4 Charts: A simple Excel chart can say more than a sheet full of numbers. As you'll see, creating charts is very easy.

5 Pivot Tables: Pivot tables are one of Excel's most powerful features. A pivot table allows you to extract the significance from a large, detailed data set.

6 Tables: Master Excel tables and analyze your data quickly and easily.

7 What-If Analysis: What-If Analysis in Excel allows you to try out different values (scenarios) for formulas.

8 Solver: Excel includes a tool called solver that uses techniques from the operations research to find optimal solutions for all kind of decision problems.

9 Analysis ToolPak: The Analysis ToolPak is an Excel add-in program that provides data analysis tools for financial, statistical and engineering data analysis.

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Start learning today and become an Excel pro! You can find related examples and features on the right side of each chapterat the bottom of each chapter. Below you can find an overview.

1 Sort: Custom Sort Order | Sort by Color | Reverse List | Randomize List | SORT function

2 Filter: Number and Text Filters | Date Filters | Advanced Filter | Data Form | Remove Duplicates | Outlining Data | Subtotal | Unique Values | FILTER function

3 Conditional Formatting: Manage Rules | Data Bars | Color Scales | Icon Sets | Find Duplicates | Shade Alternate Rows | Compare Two Lists | Conflicting Rules | Heat Map

4 Charts: Column Chart | Line Chart | Pie Chart | Bar Chart | Area Chart | Scatter Plot | Data Series | Axes | Trendline | Error Bars | Sparklines | Combination Chart | Gauge Chart | Thermometer Chart | Gantt Chart | Pareto Chart

5 Pivot Tables: Group Pivot Table Items | Multi-level Pivot Table | Frequency Distribution | Pivot Chart | Slicers | Update Pivot Table | Calculated Field/Item | GetPivotData

6 Tables: Structured References | Table Styles | Merge Tables | Table as Source Data | Quick Analysis

7 What-If Analysis: Data Tables | Goal Seek | Quadratic Equation

8 Solver: Transportation Problem | Assignment Problem | Capital Investment | Shortest Path Problem | Maximum Flow Problem | Sensitivity Analysis | System of Linear Equations

9 Analysis ToolPak: Histogram | Descriptive Statistics | Anova | F-Test | t-Test | Moving Average | Exponential Smoothing | Correlation | Regression

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Explore the 30 most popular pages in this section. Below you can find a description of each page. Happy learning!

Find Duplicates: This example teaches you how to find duplicate values (or triplicates) and how to find duplicate rows in Excel.

2 Histogram: This example teaches you how to make a histogram in Excel.

3 Regression: This example teaches you how to run a linear regression analysis in Excel and how to interpret the Summary Output.

4 Pareto Chart: A Pareto chart combines a column chart and a line graph. The Pareto principle states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.

5 Remove Duplicates: This example teaches you how to remove duplicates in Excel.

6 Gantt Chart: Excel does not offer Gantt as chart type, but it's easy to create a Gantt chart by customizing the stacked bar chart type.

7 Line Chart: Line charts are used to display trends over time. Use a line chart if you have text labels, dates or a few numeric labels on the horizontal axis.

8 Correlation: We can use the CORREL function or the Analysis Toolpak add-in in Excel to find the correlation coefficient between two variables.

9 Pie Chart: Pie charts are used to display the contribution of each value (slice) to a total (pie). Pie charts always use one data series.

10 Data Tables: Instead of creating different scenarios, you can create a data table to quickly try out different values for formulas. You can create a one variable data table or a two variable data table.

11 t-Test: This example teaches you how to perform a t-Test in Excel. The t-Test is used to test the null hypothesis that the means of two populations are equal.

12 Advanced Filter: This example teaches you how to apply an advanced filter in Excel to only display records that meet complex criteria.

13 Frequency Distribution: Did you know that you can use pivot tables to easily create a frequency distribution in Excel? You can also use the Analysis Toolpak to create a histogram.

14 Scatter Plot: Use a scatter plot (XY chart) to show scientific XY data. Scatter plots are often used to find out if there's a relationship between variable X and Y.

15 Anova: This example teaches you how to perform a single factor ANOVA (analysis of variance) in Excel. A single factor or one-way ANOVA is used to test the null hypothesis that the means of several populations are all equal.

16 Compare Two Lists: This example describes how to compare two lists using conditional formatting.

17 Bar Chart: A bar chart is the horizontal version of a column chart. Use a bar chart if you have large text labels.

18 Goal Seek: If you know the result you want from a formula, use Goal Seek in Excel to find the input value that produces this formula result.

19 Box and Whisker Plot: This example teaches you how to create a box and whisker plot in Excel. A box and whisker plot shows the minimum value, first quartile, median, third quartile and maximum value of a data set.

20 Shade Alternate Rows: This example shows you how to use conditional formatting to shade alternate rows.

21 Quick Analysis: Use the Quick Analysis tool in Excel to quickly analyze your data. Quickly calculate totals, quickly insert tables, quickly apply conditional formatting and more.

22 Sparklines: Sparklines in Excel are graphs that fit in one cell. Sparklines are great for displaying trends. Excel offers three sparkline types: Line, Column and Win/Loss.

23 Slicers: Use slicers in Excel to quickly and easily filter pivot tables. Connect multiple slicers to multiple pivot tables to create awesome reports.

24 Trendline: This example teaches you how to add a trendline to a chart in Excel.

25 Pivot Chart: A pivot chart is the visual representation of a pivot table in Excel. Pivot charts and pivot tables are connected with each other.

26 Subtotal: Use the SUBTOTAL function in Excel instead of SUM, COUNT, MAX, etc. to ignore rows hidden by a filter or to ignore manually hidden rows.

27 Combination Chart: A combination chart is a chart that combines two or more chart types in a single chart.

28 Randomize List: This article teaches you how to randomize (shuffle) a list in Excel.

29 Unique Values: To find unique values in Excel, use the Advanced Filter. You can extract unique values or filter for unique values.

30 Icon Sets: Icon Sets in Excel make it very easy to visualize values in a range of cells. Each icon represents a range of values.

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