#### averaging a column

```I have a column with different values
>.02
<4
<.05
4
>1
<1

How can I total & average these?

Also how can I enter a >4 value in a column & not have it reconized as
math formula?

Thanks,
Derrell

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```Derrel
Maybe I'm just missing something here.  You can average and sum only
numerical values.  You can't average inequalities.  It doesn't make sense
If you want to enter >4 in a cell, precede it with an apostrophe.   HTH
Otto
"Derrell Teat" <Derrell.Teat.wch60@excelforum-nospam.com> wrote in message
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>
> I have a column with different values
> >.02
> <4
> <.05
> 4
> >1
> <1
>
> How can I total & average these?
>
> Also how can I enter a >4 value in a column & not have it reconized as
> math formula?
>
> Thanks,
> Derrell
>
>
> ------------------------------------------------
> ~~ Message posted from http://www.ExcelTip.com/
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>

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ottomhello (94)
11/4/2003 2:37:57 AM
```In Excel 2000 and Excel XP (and I suspect all other versions) with
default Options settings, if you enter >4 it is interpreted as text, not
a formula.  However, when you want text and Excel is not cooperating,
prefix with a single quote.

If the data that you are trying to total and average is constrained to
be nonnegative, then a lower bound for the total is
=SUM(A1:A5)
and
=SUM(IF(LEFT(A1:A5,1)="<",VALUE(RIGHT(A1:A5,LEN(A1:A5)-1)),A1:A5))
array entered (Ctrl-Shift-Enter) is an upper bound for the total.

Divide each by COUNTA(A1:A5) to get bounds for the average.

Your data looks highly unusual for this kind of analysis, since your
data claims that 0.02 was quantitated exactly, while in one instance 4
was not.

Jerry

Derrell Teat wrote:

> I have a column with different values
>
>>.02
>>
> <4
> <.05
> 4
>
>>1
>>
> <1
>
> How can I total & average these?
>
> Also how can I enter a >4 value in a column & not have it reconized as
> math formula?
>
> Thanks,
> Derrell

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