# 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.

## Data Analysis+

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

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

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

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1 Find Duplicates: This page 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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