Excel: Spread – Range

Understanding Data Set Extremes

Understanding the lower and upper limits of a data set may be the first and most necessary place to begin during any analysis.

In this article, I will begin the same data set from my Chart – Bar article – disease diagnoses by age groups.

To truly understand any pattern within this data, first you must discern the limits of it, or extremes at the lower and upper ends of the data.

To begin with the lower limit, I will use the MIN() function with the entire data set.

Next, I’ll use the MAX() function and the entire data set.

In addition, I will demonstrate how to replicate the same values as before, but adding the k-th parameter to discover the second-lowest and second-highest values.

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