The article will show you how to transform data to the normal distribution in Excel. In statistics, it’s important to imply the normal distribution concept to understand the position of single or multiple data in the dataset. Calculating manually the normal distribution values of data is time-consuming and also a tiresome process. Fortunately, we have a function in Excel that can solve our problem in an instant. The name of this function is NORM.DIST. Let’s go through the rest of the article for a better understanding.

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## What Is Normal Distribution?

The normal distribution is also known as the Gaussian distribution. It is the probability distribution of a sample space. The distribution of these data is symmetric to the mean. It is also a measurement of how much data close to the mean appears more than data far from the mean. It’s important to know that the mean is zero and the Standard Deviation is 1 in a normal distribution. In practical life, normal distribution helps us to understand the significance of data in a group of data. The equation to find the normal distribution in a set of data is given below.

Where,

** σ** **= Standard Deviation**

** x ****= Sample Data**

** μ ****= Average/Mean**

## How to Transform Data to Normal Distribution in Excel: 2 Easy Methods

In the dataset, we have information about some students’ performance by score in an examination. We will determine who did an outstanding performance in that exam by transforming their score into normal distribution using Excel.

**1. Using Excel Function to Transform Data to Normal Distribution**

The best way to transform your data to normal distribution will be to use **the NORM.DIST function**. It will automatically calculate the normal distribution data by using the aforementioned formula. Let’s go through the process below.

**Steps:**

- First, make a column to store the normal distribution values and also select two cells to store your
**Mean**and**Standard Deviation**. - Type the following formula to calculate the
**Mean**and press**ENTER**. You will see the**Mean**of the**Marks**of these students.

`=AVERAGE(C5:C11)`

Here, **the AVERAGE function **returns the **Mean **value of the **Marks **of the students.

- After that, use the following formula to calculate the
**Standard Deviation**.

`=STDEV.P(C5:C11)`

**The STDEV.P function **returns the **Standard Deviation **of this data.

- Next, type the following formula in cell
**D5**.

`=NORM.DIST(C5,$C$13,$C$14,FALSE)`

- Later, hit the
**ENTER**button, and you will see the normal distribution value of the marks in cell**C5**.

- After that, use the
**Fill Handle**to**AutoFill**the lower cells.

Thus, you can transform all the data of your dataset to the **normal distribution **in Excel.

- If you want to show your data in a
**normal distribution graph**, please select the range**C4:D11**. - After that, go to
**Insert**>>**Scatter with Smooth Lines**

Thereafter, you will see the data in a **normal distribution graph**.

Keep in mind that, approximately 68% of your data are between the Average ± Standard Deviation range, 95% of your data are between Average ± 2*Standard Deviation and 99.7% of your data will fall between the Average ± 3*Standard Deviation range. That means, 68% of the students have a score between 74.57 ± 10.66 or 63.91 to 85.23. Similarly, you can determine the other ranges for 95% and 99.7%.

**2. Applying Mathematical Formula to Transform Data to Normal Distribution**

If you are good at statistics and not interested in using the built-in **NORM.DIST Function**, you can use the mathematical formula of the Normal Distribution. Let’s go through the process below.

**Steps:**

- First, make a column to store the
**normal distribution**values and also select two cells to store your**Mean**and**Standard Deviation**. - Calculate the
**Mean**and**Standard Deviation**following the process of Section 1. - Next, type the following formula in cell
**D5**.

`=EXP(-0.5*((C5-$C$13)/$C$14)^2)/($C$14*SQRT(2*PI()))`

Here, the formula uses **EXP **and **SQRT **functions to generate the mathematical formula of normal distribution transformation. It will return the normal distribution value of your data.

- Later, hit the
**ENTER**button and you will see the**normal distribution**value of the marks in cell**C5**.

- After that, use the
**Fill Handle**to**AutoFill**the lower cells.

Thus, you can transform all the data of your dataset to a normal distribution using the mathematical formula.

- If you want to show your data in a normal distribution graph, please follow this link in Section 1.

**Practice Section**

Here, I’m giving you the dataset of this article so that you can practice these methods on your own.

**Download Practice Workbook**

## Conclusion

Suffice it to say, that this article will help you to understand the basic methods of how to transform data to the normal distribution in Excel. If you have any better methods questions or feedback regarding this article, please share them in the comment box. This will help me enrich my upcoming articles.

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Y c13 and c14 was used for =normal dist

Dear

Bemina, thank you so much for your query. To apply theNORM.DISTfunction as well as the arithmetic formula for calculating the Normal Distribution, it is required to calculateMeanandStandard Deviationfirst.The formula we have used for Normal Distribution is:

`=NORM.DIST(C5,$C$13,$C$14,FALSE)`

The generic syntax of the

NORM.DISTfunction is:`=NORM.DIST(x,mean,standard_dev,cumulative)`

Here,

x =

C5= supplied value to calculate the distributionmean =

$C$13= arithmetic average of the distributionstandard_dev =

$C$14= standard deviation of the distributioncumulative =

FALSE= Returns probability mass function if the value is FALSERelated Articles:• How to Calculate Average in Excel

• How to Calculate Mean and Standard Deviation

• Calculate Normal Distribution in Excel

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