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Frequency Table quartile


I have a frequency table

Column 1 is the marks and column 2 is the frequency.

1, 5
2, 5
3, 5
4, 5

I would expect Q1 to be 1.25, Q2 to be 2.5, Q3 to 3.75

Can this be done easily in excel?
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What is the mathematical equation you need to evaluate (as in, if Marks is 1 and Frequency is 5 how do you get 1.25)
Assuming your marks are in col. A and start from cell A2. (i.e. A2:A5 as per your sample data)
Assuming your frequencies are in col. B and start from cell B2 (i.e. B2:B5 as per your sample data)

Try this....

In C2

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and copy it down.
Just wondering what if you got a different frequency for each of the entries? and what is the expected result you need.

I'm not too sure if this is what you want?
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but I could be wrong...
sorry, I mean to be this..

for Q1: =$B2*25%
for Q2: =$B2*50%
for Q3: =$B2*75%
for Q4: =$B2

IF it's not related to Column Marks and it's in quartile.
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Sorry ....

What I meant was

1, 5
2, 5
3, 5
4, 5

The frequency table would be expanded to these values
1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4
in column C1:C20

Then using quartile.exc(C1:C20,1) I would get 1.25
quartile.exc(C1:C20,2), I would get 2.5
quartile.exc(C1:C20,3), I would get 3.75

Example 2
What I meant was

6, 5
7, 5
8, 5
9, 5

The frequency table would be expanded to these values
6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9
in column C1:C20

Then using quartile.exc(C1:C20,1) I would get 6.25
quartile.exc(C1:C20,2), I would get 7.5
quartile.exc(C1:C20,3), I would get 8.75
I got a lower ver of Excel in work place so I can't evaluate quartile.exc function accordingly, but after done some research, here's the example which could be helpful to you?

and eventually, what you intend to do here? I mean, you can use quartile.exc formula to get the results you want, don't you?
Yes I can use quartile.exc to get the results I want.  But before I use quartile, I have to expand the frequency table to its individual values.

I have found a way to expand it using excel so we can treat this as closed.

How do I close this?

Can I just delete the question?
pls check if my comments are useful? if yes, you can accept it as the answer hence this question will be closed.

Else if you found a solution by yourself, you could post the solution here and then click on the Request Attention button to accept your own comment as the answer.

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I answered my own question. How do I close the question?
See uploaded excel file
In column A to H is my original data.
For subject A,
0 students scored 1,
1 student scored 2,
0 student scored 3,
13 students scored 4 .... etc ....

I constructed a cumulative frequency table from column I to column P where
I added one more score 0
I added 1 to the cumulative frequency from column J to P.

I then find the max of column P.

I put 1 in W1.
I filled in with integer values from 1 in W1 to 110 in column EB.  (My original data had more rows which I deleted so that the file is smaller .... max of column P was 110.

From W2 to EB2, I use a formula to recreate the raw data file, so that I can find the Q1, Q2, Q3, min and max.  You can use other formula to extract what you want from the 'RAW' data.
I didn't see any uploaded excel here. try upload again?
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Accepted answer: 0 points for northward's comment #a41035593

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This was what I tried and worked.

Not very clean but it works.

You may have to adapt it for your own needs.
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This was what I tried and worked.

Not very clean but it works.

You may have to adapt it for your own needs.

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