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The Excel 2007 PERCENTILE function is included in Excel 2013 for compat-
ibility with older versions. In Excel 2013, the PERCENTILE.INC function is
equivalent to PERCENTILE. The new PERCENTILE.EXC function made its de-
but in Excel 2010.
The PERCENTILE.INC function returns the kth percentile of values in a
range. You can use this function to establish a threshold of acceptance. For
example, you can decide to examine candidates who score above the 90th per-
centile. This function takes the following arguments:
array This is the array or range of data that defines relative
standing. If arrayis empty, PERCENTILE.INC returns a #NUM! error.
k This is the percentile value in the range 0 1, inclusive. If kis
nonnumeric, PERCENTILE.INC returns a #VALUE! error. If kis less
than 0 or greater than 1, PERCENTILE.INC returns a #NUM! error. If k
is not a multiple of 1 / (n 1), PERCENTILE.INC interpolates to de-
termine the value at the kth percentile. In this case, n is the number of
items in the array.
In Figure 14.9 , 33 employees are in column A. Their ratings on an annual review
are shown in column B. The formula in cell F3, =PERCENTILE.INC(B2:B34,F2),
calculates the level of the 81st percentile. After you determine the particu-
lar percentile, you can mark all the qualifying employees by using the for-
mula =B2>=$F$3 in cells C2:C33.
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