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How to call Excel's function (mean, standard deviation) in VBA?

Posted on 2015-02-19
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Hi,

I know how to write a function in VBA to calculate mean. But since I know Excel has this function already so I don't want to write it myself. Besides, using the Excel inbedded function maybe faster in calculation. So I want to call the function in VBA. How to do that?

Thanks for any help?

Jennifer
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Question by:jfz2004
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by:Rgonzo1971
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HI,

pls try
a = array(3,4)
Res = Application.WorksheetFunction.Average(c)
Res = Application.WorksheetFunction.StDev(c)

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Res = WorksheetFunction.Average(c)
Res = WorksheetFunction.StDev(c)

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Regards
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by:jfz2004
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I will try. Thanks. but what is c in the functions?
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by:Rory Archibald
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Where VBA doesn't have an equivalent function built in, you can use either Application.WorksheetFunction.function_name or simply Application.function_name - for example:
Application.WorksheetFunction.Average(Range("A1:A10"))

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or:
Application.Average(Range("A1:A10"))

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The worksheetfunction version is typically a little faster if you are passing ranges rather than arrays to it, and the error handling is different. Application.WorksheetFunction.function_name raises a run-time error if it fails, which you have to handle with an On Error statement, whereas Application.function_name returns an error value that you can assign to a Variant variable and test using IsError(variable_name).
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by:jfz2004
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Let me try it with a brand new worksheet. I first try failed with this error:
sub or function not defined.
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Rgonzo1971 earned 500 total points
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Sorry replace c with a

a = array(3,4)
Res = Application.WorksheetFunction.Average(a)
Res = Application.WorksheetFunction.StDev(a)

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Res = WorksheetFunction.Average(a)
Res = WorksheetFunction.StDev(a)
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