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Google Sheets STDEV.S Function

STDEV.S Function

The STDEV.S function is a premade function in Google Sheets, which calculates the Standard Deviation (Stdev) for a sample of a population.

It is typed =STDEV.S and gets a list of cells:

=STDEV.S(value1, [value2, ...])

You can select cells one by one, but also ranges, or even multiple ranges.

The STDEV.S function ignores cells that do not contain numbers.

Note: Standard deviation (σ) measures how far a 'typical' observation is from the average of the data (μ). You can read more about standard deviation in the Statistics - Standard Deviation Chapter.

Tip: There is another function called =STDEV.P that can be used if you have the data for the entire population.

Let's have a look at an example!

STDEV.S Function Example

Find the standard deviation of the total stats for the Pokemon in this sample:

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The STDEV.S function, step by step:

  1. Select the cell E3
  2. Type =STDEV.S
  3. Click the STDEV.S command

  1. Specify the range B2:B21 for the Total stats for the sample Pokemon
  2. Hit enter

Now, the function returns the standard deviation of all the Total stat values:

The STDEV.S function has successfully returned the Standard Deviation for the sample as 113,2319464.