# How To Find CV (Coefficient of Variation) In Excel

Finding the coefficient of variation (CV) in Excel requires a combination of functions to calculate the standard deviation and mean of a data set. This statistical measure is crucial for understanding data variability in relation to the mean.

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## How to Find CV in Excel

The Coefficient of Variation (CV) is a statistical measure that analyzes the spread of data around a mean, allowing comparison between data sets with different units. It is especially useful for investors to assess the risk of an asset.

### Calculating Coefficient of Variation

In Excel, the CV is calculated by dividing the standard deviation (SD) by the mean (average) of the data set. Use the formula: Coefficient of Variation = (Standard Deviation / Mean). This provides a dimensionless number for easy comparison.

### Steps to Compute CV in Excel

To find the CV, first calculate the mean of your data set using the =AVERAGE() function. Next, find the standard deviation with =STDEV.P() for a population or =STDEV.S() for a sample. Finally, divide the standard deviation by the mean to get the CV.

### Example of CV Formula in Excel

In an Excel cell, input =STDEV.S(range)/AVERAGE(range) replacing range with your data range. This cell will now display the CV for your data set.

## Common Use Cases

• Determining the coefficient of variation for a dataset to assess relative variability

• Comparing the variability of different datasets on a standardized scale

• Evaluating the risk or volatility in financial data analysis

• Assessing the consistency of manufacturing processes through quality control metrics

• Analyzing the dispersion of test scores in educational research

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