The theoretical data and experimental data donâ€™t always match. In that case, we can calculate the error percentage by subtracting theoretical data from experimental data. The error can be calculated as a percentage of theoretical data. In this article, we will show you 3 easy methods to calculate the error percentage in Excel.

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## How to Calculate Error Percentage in Excel: 3 Easy Methods

We can calculate error by subtracting theoretical data from theoretical data. If we divide the error by the theoretical data and multiply it by **100 **we get the error percentage. Here we will discuss 3 easy and simple methods to calculate the error percentage in Excel.

### Method 1: Calculate Error Percentage Using Percent Error Formula in Excel

We can apply a general formula to get the error percentage in Excel. We are showing below the steps for doing that.

- First, we create a dataset. It includes some experimental and theoretical data from which we will calculate the error percentage.

- Then we have to write the following formula in cell
**D5**and press**Enter**.

`=(B5-C5)*100/C5`

- Use the
**Fill Handle**to copy the formula in the cells below.

**B5 â€“ C5**denotes the error, we divide it by

**C5**which contains the theoretical value, and multiply it by

**100**to get the percentage error.

- We can see the percentage error for the set of data.

### Method 2: Apply Excel Percentage Format for Error Percentage Calculation

We can also calculate the decimal value of the error first and apply the **Percentage **format to the decimal value to get the error percentage. We are showing the steps below.

- First, we write the following formula in the cell
**D5**.

`=(B5-C5)/C5`

- Next, hit
**Enter**. - Then use
**Fill Handle**to copy the formula in the cells below.

**B5 â€“ C5**gives the error and by dividing it with

**C5**(theoretical data), we get the comparative error in decimal.

- We select cells (
**E5:E7**) where we want to get the error percentage.

- Afterwards we select the
**percentage**format from the**Home**tab in the ribbon.

- Later on we write the following formula in the cell
**E5**and press**Enter**.

`=D5`

- Now, use
**Fill Handle**to copy the formula in the cells below.

**D5**contains the comparative error in decimal.

- Hurrah! We can see the error percentage.

**Read More: **How to Calculate Mean Percentage Error in Excel

### Method 3: Use ABS Function to Calculate Mean Absolute Percentage Error

So far we calculated the error percentage which can be both positive or negative but we may need to get the absolute value of the error. Further, we may want the mean of absolute error percentage for a set of data. We will show the steps to calculate the mean absolute percentage error in Excel here.

- First, we calculate the comparative error in decimal by writing the following formula in cell
**D5**.

`=(B5-C5)/C5`

- Next, hit
**Enter**. - After that, use the
**Fill Handle**tool to the next cells to see the results or errors.

**B5 â€“ C5**gives the error, we divide it by

**C5**(theoretical data) to get the comparative error in decimal.

- Then we write the following formula in the cell
**E5**.

`=ABS(D5)`

- Further, press
**Enter**from the keyboard. - Again, use
**Fill Handle**to copy the formula in the cells below.

- Now, we write the following formula in the cell
**E9**.

`=SUM(E5:E7)/COUNT(E5:E7)`

- Hit
**Enter**to get the absolute mean percentage error.

**The SUM Function**to add the absolute error percentage for data in the range

**E5:E7**.

**The COUNT Function**counts the number of data in the range

**E5:E7**. We used the division operator (

**/**) to get the mean value.

- Yahoo! We have successfully calculated the absolute mean percentage error.

**Read More: **Make an Excel Spreadsheet Automatically Calculate Percentage

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## Conclusion

Error percentage is very helpful to assess the accuracy of an experiment. In this article, we have shown 3 different methods to calculate the error percentage in Excel. If you have any queries or suggestions, please let us know by commenting.

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