Hi Microsoft Office,

The formula for Standard Deviation provided in Excel ( =STDEV(range) )gives

a different answer when compared with the answer got by manually calculating

the Standard Deviation formula provided in the Statistics text books.

E.g.: Numbers - 5, 6, 8 & 9. When calculated using Microsoft Excel =STDEV

(....) we get an answer 1.82574185835055

But when calculated using the Text book methods of calculating of the Std.

Dev. formula, we get 1.58113883008419

Please can you advise why there is a difference in the answers?

Please can you make appropriate changes in the future Microsoft Office

releases giving the breakup of the formulas used? May be in the HELP option.

Because there are millions of excel users who are completely dependent

(unaware) on the formule in excel.

Many thanks,

Ganapati Hegde

Mumbai, INDIA.

+91 98195 58330

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