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# Formula Functions: Averages

## Functions: Flexaverage and Average, Maxaverage, Dropaverage

Description:
The mean functions calculate the arithmetic mean of a selection - unlimited - of columns.
Each function has its own peculiarity, but in most cases, FLEXAVERAGE is the one to be used.

#### FLEXAVERAGE

Arithmetic mean of all columns included. Skip empty cells

FLEXAVERAGE (column, column, column, column ...)
You must insert any value (p.e. 0) in one empty cell if you want it to be included in the calculation.

#### AVERAGE

Kept for legacy reasons, actually does exactly the same es Flexaverage.

#### MAXAVERAGE

It takes the N maximum values of a selection of columns and calculates their arithmetic mean.
Skip empty cells

MAXAVERAGE (Number of maximum columns to take into account, column, column, column ...)

#### DROPAVERAGE

Discard the minimum N values of a selection of columns and calculate their arithmetic mean. Skip empty cells

DROPAVERAGE (Number of minimum columns to drop, column, column, column ...)

#### Example

These are our sample data. In each cell the values that are taken into account with each function are shown.  #### Related articles

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