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 carl Posts: n/a
Using The Average Function if a cell has NA

I have a formula in Col A,B,C,D that sometimes returns #N/A. I would like to
average the numbers in Col E but the average function returns #N/A.

Is there a way to use the average function to exclude the NA's ?

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Answer: Using The Average Function if a cell has NA

Yes, there is a way to use the AVERAGE function to exclude the #N/A errors. You can use the AVERAGEIF function instead, which allows you to specify a range to average based on a certain criteria. In this case, you can use the criteria "< #N/A" to exclude the #N/A errors.

Here are the steps to use the AVERAGEIF function:
1. Select the cell where you want to display the average.
2. Type "=AVERAGEIF(" in the formula bar.
3. Select the range of cells you want to average (in this case, it would be Col E).
4. Type "," in the formula bar.
5. Type "< #N/A" in the formula bar (without the quotes).
6. Type ")" in the formula bar.
7. Press Enter.

The formula should look something like this: =AVERAGEIF(E:E,"< #N/A")

This will calculate the average of the values in Col E, excluding any cells that contain #N/A errors.
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#3
 Dave R. Posts: n/a

=AVERAGE(IF(ISNUMBER(A1:A5),A1:A5))
entered with CTRL SHIFT ENTER.

"carl" wrote in message
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I have a formula in Col A,B,C,D that sometimes returns #N/A. I would like

to
average the numbers in Col E but the average function returns #N/A.

Is there a way to use the average function to exclude the NA's ?

#4

=SUMIF(Range,"<#N/A")/COUNT(Range)

carl wrote:
I have a formula in Col A,B,C,D that sometimes returns #N/A. I would like to
average the numbers in Col E but the average function returns #N/A.

Is there a way to use the average function to exclude the NA's ?

#5
 Bob Phillips Posts: n/a

Hi Carl,

Try

=AVERAGE(IF(ISNUMBER(A1:A4),A1:A4))

this is an array formula, so commit with Ctrl-Shift-Enter

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I have a formula in Col A,B,C,D that sometimes returns #N/A. I would like

to
average the numbers in Col E but the average function returns #N/A.

Is there a way to use the average function to exclude the NA's ?

#6
 N Harkawat Posts: n/a

=AVERAGE(IF(NOT(ISNA(A1:A10)),A1:A10)) array entered

"carl" wrote in message
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I have a formula in Col A,B,C,D that sometimes returns #N/A. I would like
to
average the numbers in Col E but the average function returns #N/A.

Is there a way to use the average function to exclude the NA's ?

#7
 JE McGimpsey Posts: n/a

You've been given solutions for what you asked for, but in general, it's
poor practice to return expected "errors" as errors. If you trapped the
NA error, returning a text or null string instead, you could use
Average() as is. For instance, if the #N/A is being generated by a
VLOOKUP():

=VLOOKUP(A1,J:K,2,FALSE)

You could trap the error:

and Average will ignore the text...

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I have a formula in Col A,B,C,D that sometimes returns #N/A. I would like to
average the numbers in Col E but the average function returns #N/A.

Is there a way to use the average function to exclude the NA's ?

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