Astonishing that this functionality is not present in such an ancient application
Is there a known workaround?
I'm on about the part where you can change the aggregation type for a value field: It has sum, min, max, avg etc but not median
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Is there a known workaround?
I'm on about the part where you can change the aggregation type for a value field: It has sum, min, max, avg etc but not median
For simple examples you can use array formulas instead of a PivotTable.
If you have the source data in rows 10:1000, category designations of the source data in column A, the source data values in column C, and the category being considered in G3, the following array formula will find the median:
{=MEDIAN(IF($A$10:$A$1000=G3,$C$10:$C$1000))}
Commit the entry with Ctrl
+Shift
+Enter
, and copy down for the categories in G4, G5 etc
Unfortunately, there is nothing built in to excel's pivot table function that will do this. You could try this add-on though. It claims to be able to do it, but I've never used it.
You could do the median work with the data and then include it in pivot table data, but at that point.. you know.. what's the point of the table..
You can actually use the iserror
function to exclude the total rows from medians. For example, if the Total row
labels are in row A
and the data you want the median of is in row I
:
=MEDIAN(IF(ISERROR(FIND("Total",$A$5:$A$65535)),I5:I35535))
The quickest and simplest way to get a median in your pivot tables is to import your Excel file into Google Sheets. There you can create a pivot table and use a median.
there's a way to do median (or any formula) if your pivot table is simple (does not have sub totals in the table). other than that, there's no other way to gracefully include median calcs in your pivot table.
too bad can't include attachments... i'll do a snapshot of my example:
i used the offset function described here: http://www.myonlinetraininghub.com/excel-offset-function-explained also, download the workbook and go to the pivot table tab - that's where i did my example
this is the end result - see image here:
NOTE: you cannot put the median/offset formula cell in the same column that you are grabbing median value from. ALSO, the offset allows you to grab median value from the value of the column less the grand total row.
unfortunately, there's no graceful way to do median (or any other) calc when you're working with a more complex pivot table (i.e., that has subtotals in the pivot table).
I have found a turnaround if you want to quickly obtain some specific median values in your pivot table: Not perfect, but it could help in some situations..
As Dav commented above, you can use the free PowerPivot addon (may require a newer version of excel). Worked for me in excel 2016. See this article: https://www.masterdataanalysis.com/ms-excel/calculating-median-excel-pivottables/