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# Enumerable.Average Method (IEnumerable(Of Decimal))

Visual Studio 2008

Computes the average of a sequence of Decimal values.

Namespace:  System.Linq
Assembly:  System.Core (in System.Core.dll)

## Syntax

```'Declaration
<ExtensionAttribute> _
Public Shared Function Average ( _
source As IEnumerable(Of Decimal) _
) As Decimal
'Usage
Dim source As IEnumerable(Of Decimal)
Dim returnValue As Decimal

returnValue = source.Average()
```

#### Parameters

source
Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable(Of Decimal)

A sequence of Decimal values to calculate the average of.

#### Return Value

Type: System.Decimal
The average of the sequence of values.

#### Usage Note

In Visual Basic and C#, you can call this method as an instance method on any object of type IEnumerable(Of Decimal). When you use instance method syntax to call this method, omit the first parameter. For more information, see Extension Methods (Visual Basic) or Extension Methods (C# Programming Guide).

## Exceptions

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

source is Nothing.

InvalidOperationException

source contains no elements.

OverflowException

The sum of the elements in the sequence is larger than MaxValue.

## Remarks

In Visual Basic query expression syntax, an Aggregate Into Average() clause translates to an invocation of Average.

## Examples

The following code example demonstrates how to use Average(IEnumerable(Of Int32)) to calculate the average of a sequence of values.

Note:

This code example uses an overload of this overloaded method that is different from the specific overload that this topic describes. To extend the example to this topic, substitute the elements of the source sequence with elements of the appropriate numerical type.

```' Create a list of integers.
Dim grades As New List(Of Integer)(New Integer() {78, 92, 100, 37, 81})

' Determine the average value in the list.
Dim avg As Double = grades.Average()

' Display the output.
MsgBox("The average grade is " & avg)

' This code produces the following output:
'
' The average grade is 77.6
```

## Platforms

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

## Version Information

#### .NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5

#### .NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5

#### XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0