Average of absolute values greater than 1 or less than -1

1.20      -1.30      0.90      1.00
-2.30      -0.70      2.40      -0.80

I need a formula that will average the absolue values in a table that are either above 1 or below 1. For example, when evaluating the table above, the output would be 1.80 since it would average:

1.20, 1.30, 2.30, and 2.40

Thanks
msibleyAsked:
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msibleyAuthor Commented:
To clarify, for the cell references, assume the columns across are A, B, C, D and the rows are 1, 2.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
A3 = IF(ABS(A1)>1, ABS(A1), 0)  B3 = IF(ABS(B1),>1, ABS(B1), 0)  and so on.

Make an ABS row for each numerical row  and then average the ABS rows. Values less than 1 become 0.

That should work.
msibleyAuthor Commented:
Create an alternate cell for each cell in the table? The tables I'm working with have 30 columns and 19 rows...
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You need to store the intermediate value of your calculation. Make a copy of the table in a separate area and do it that way.

I don't know of any way to make calc1, hold the value, calc2, change and hold the value etc. and add it all up.
Saurabh Singh TeotiaCommented:
Use this formula...

=SUMPRODUCT(((A1:D2<-1)+(A1:D2>1))*(ABS(A1:D2)))/SUMPRODUCT(((A1:D2<-1)+(A1:D2>1)))

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Please change the reference basis of your data...

Saurabh...
msibleyAuthor Commented:
Saurabh,

Interesting math. I can't comprehend it, but it appears to work!

Mark
Ryan ChongBusiness Systems Analyst , ex-Senior Application EngineerCommented:
or a simpler combination of SUMIF and COUNTIF could be more easy to understand

=(SUMIF(A1:D2,">1",A1:D2)+ABS(SUMIF(A1:D2,"<-1",A1:D2))) / (COUNTIF(A1:D2,">1")+COUNTIF(A1:D2,"<-1"))

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Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj)Excel & VBA ExpertCommented:
Or this.....

=SUMPRODUCT(((ABS(A1:D2)>1))*(ABS(A1:D2)))/SUMPRODUCT(--(ABS(A1:D2)>1))

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Saurabh Singh TeotiaCommented:
Mark,

The logic is simple the first statement acts as a Boolean which is true or false ..Now i multiply that with the next logic where the statement conditions are meet and then add it as one to create a logic of numerator and divided by total number of instances of it which is nothing but basically count..

so =sum/count gives you the average basically what you are looking for..

Saurabh....
msibleyAuthor Commented:
sktneer's formula was a bit more elegant in that it requires only 3 cell range changes. Thanks, John, for your input but your replies did not address my request for a formula to do the calculations.
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