Excel Data Analysis For Dummies

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Harness the power of Excel to discover what your numbers are hiding

Excel Data Analysis For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the ultimate guide to getting the most out of your data. Veteran Dummies author Stephen L. Nelson guides you through the basic and not-so-basic features of Excel to help you discover the gems hidden in your rough data. From input, to analysis, to visualization, the book walks you through the steps that lead to superior data ...

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Overview

Harness the power of Excel to discover what your numbers are hiding

Excel Data Analysis For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the ultimate guide to getting the most out of your data. Veteran Dummies author Stephen L. Nelson guides you through the basic and not-so-basic features of Excel to help you discover the gems hidden in your rough data. From input, to analysis, to visualization, the book walks you through the steps that lead to superior data analysis.

Excel is the number-one spreadsheet application, with ever-expanding capabilities. If you're only using it to balance the books, you're missing out on a host of functions that can benefit your business or personal finances by uncovering trends and other important information hidden within the numbers. Excel Data Analysis For Dummies, 2nd Edition eliminates the need for advanced statistics or analysis courses by allowing you to harness the full power of Excel to do the heavy lifting for you. This 2nd Edition is fully updated to include information about Excel's latest features, making it a your go-to Excel guide for data analysis. Topics include:

  • Working with external databases
  • PivotTables and PivotCharts
  • Using Excel for statistical and financial functions
  • Solver, Small Business Finance Manager, and more

The book also includes a guide to chart types and formatting, and advice on effective visual data presentation. You already have the data, so you might as well get something great out of it. Excel Data Analysis For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the key to discovering what your numbers are hiding.

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You’ve got data -- boy, do you ever. You’ve got a recent copy of Excel. You know Excel can help you make sense of your data, but you don’t know how. Get Excel Data Analysis For Dummies®. It’s the easiest way we’ve seen to master Excel data analysis -- everything from simple lists to slick optimization modeling.

Longtime Excel author Stephen L. Nelson starts with basic sorting, filtering, and analysis functions (sum, average, count, min/max functions, and so forth). If your data “lives” elsewhere -- say, in a database or in QuickBooks -- you’ll learn to import or query it. There’s a full chapter on cleaning data for easier analysis -- including coverage of several cleaning functions you may never have noticed.

Get this book if you’ve ever been befuddled by PivotTables (or their sister PivotCharts). Or if you’d like a painless introduction to Excel’s powerful statistical tools for describing your data, explaining its implications, and testing new hypotheses that go “beyond” the data. Or if you’d like to make the most of Solver, Excel’s powerful tool for “what-if” analysis.

By the time you’re finished, you’d be forgiven for believing you could actually make sense of life. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118898093
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/5/2014
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 366,051
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen L. Nelson is an author and CPA who provides accounting, business advisory, tax planning, and tax preparation services to small businesses. He is the author of more than 100 books, including QuickBooks For Dummies and Quicken For Dummies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Where’s the Beef? 7

Chapter 1: Introducing Excel Tables 9

Chapter 2: Grabbing Data from External Sources 31

Chapter 3: Scrub-a-Dub-Dub: Cleaning Data 57

Part II: PivotTables and PivotCharts 79

Chapter 4: Working with PivotTables 81

Chapter 5: Building PivotTable Formulas 107

Chapter 6: Working with PivotCharts 127

Chapter 7: Customizing PivotCharts 141

Part III: Advanced Tools 155

Chapter 8: Using the Database Functions 157

Chapter 9: Using the Statistics Functions 177

Chapter 10: Descriptive Statistics 225

Chapter 11: Inferential Statistics 245

Chapter 12: Optimization Modeling with Solver 263

Part IV: The Part of Tens 287

Chapter 13: Ten Things You Ought to Know about Statistics 289

Chapter 14: Almost Ten Tips for Presenting Table Results and Analyzing Data 301

Chapter 15: Ten Tips for Visually Analyzing and Presenting Data 307

Appendix: Glossary of Data Analysis and Excel Terms 319

Index 329

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