# AVERAGEA

Returns the average (arithmetic mean) of the values in a column. Handles text and non-numeric values.

## Syntax

``````AVERAGEA(<column>)
``````

### Parameters

Term Definition
column A column that contains the values for which you want the average.

## Return value

A decimal number.

## Remarks

The AVERAGEA function takes a column and averages the numbers in it, but also handles non-numeric data types according to the following rules:

• Values that evaluates to TRUE count as 1.

• Values that evaluate to FALSE count as 0 (zero).

• Values that contain non-numeric text count as 0 (zero).

• Empty text ("") counts as 0 (zero).

If you do not want to include logical values and text representations of numbers in a reference as part of the calculation, use the AVERAGE function.

Whenever there are no rows to aggregate, the function returns a blank. However, if there are rows, but none of them meet the specified criteria, the function returns 0. Microsoft Excel also returns a zero if no rows are found that meet the conditions.

## Example

The following example returns the average of non-blank cells in the referenced column, given the following table. If you used the AVERAGE function, the mean would be 21/2; with the AVERAGEA function, the result is 22/5.

Transaction ID Amount Result
0000123 1 Counts as 1
0000124 20 Counts as 20
0000125 n/a Counts as 0
0000126 Counts as 0
0000126 TRUE Counts as 1
``````=AVERAGEA([Amount])
``````