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

.NET Framework 4.5

Computes the average of a sequence of Decimal values.

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

## Syntax

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

#### 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.

## 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
```

## Version Information

#### .NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5

#### .NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

#### XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0

#### Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library
Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1
Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1
Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8