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Owen Duncan|Last Updated: 10/5/2018
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Returns the average (arithmetic mean) of the values in a column. Handles text and non-numeric values.




columnA column that contains the values for which you want the average.

Return Value

A decimal number.


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.


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 IDAmountResult
00001231Counts as 1
000012420Counts as 20
0000125n/aCounts as 0
0000126Counts as 0
0000126TRUECounts as 1

See Also

AVERAGE Function (DAX)
Statistical Functions (DAX)

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