HOW TO USE MODE FUNCTION IN GOOGLE SHEETS ?

INTRODUCTION

GOOGLE SHEETS is the spreadsheet application offered by Google which provides many great functionalities to the users.

One of the functionalities is the presence of FUNCTIONS which return the result after calculation.

Whenever we try to create smart sheets, we always try to automate it up to the maximum extent possible.

To automate anything, we need to cover as many as possibilities to make the program error free.

For the different requirements we have different available functions.

Mode is a function which comes under the STATISTICS CATEGORY and help us to find out the most frequently occurring value in a data set.

Mode is a statistical measure and is used a lot when analyzing a data.

In this article, we’ll learn about the MODE FUNCTION and its syntax formula, usage and learn its usage with the help of different examples.



PURPOSE OF MODE FUNCTION IN GOOGLE SHEETS

MODE FUNCTION returns the most frequently occurring value in a given data set.

It simply means that mode function will return the value which is repeted most of the time in a given data set.

e.g. suppose, we have a data set like

2,3,4,5,6,7,6,5,4,3,5,6,1,2,43,2,3,4,2,3,2,2,2,2,2,2,2

The mode of this data set will be 2.

We’ll take a few examples later to find out more practical ways to use this function.



PREREQUISITES TO LEARN MODE FUNCTION

THERE ARE A FEW PREREQUISITES WHICH WILL ENABLE YOU TO UNDERSTAND THIS FUNCTION IN A BETTER WAY.

  • Basic understanding of how to use a formula or function.
  • If you have knowledge about MODE in STATISTICS, it’ll be easier to get this function.
  •  Of course, access to GOOGLE SHEETS.

Helpful links for the prerequisites mentioned above

What Excel does? How to use formula in Excel? [ Although this article is for EXCEL but it’ll help you understand the basic working of any spreadsheet application including GOOGLE SHEETS]

SYNTAX: MODE FUNCTION

The Syntax for the MODE FUNCTION is

MODE( VALUE 1, VALUE 2, VALUE 3 ,…..)

VALUE 1, VALUE 2, VALUE 3… are the values which will be returned as per the index number given.



EXAMPLE 1: MODE FUNCTION IN GOOGLE SHEETS

Let us find out different examples to learn MODE FUNCTION in GOOGLE SHEETS.

FIND OUT THE MOST FREQUENT VALUE IN THE GIVEN DATA SET.

The data consist of 112 values.

Let us find out the value which is most frequent or is being repeated most of the time.

18154311418
21431811812
1152531716
1061411191819
1176291810
131210118518
1410121881513
1101720101713
111181481318
14815176152
1818161531413
71019617189
1371812214
91214111616
536511415
2111695108
DATA TABLE

SOLUTION:

We can simply find out the number or value which is being repeated most of the time by using the MODE FUNCTION.

The steps are given below.

Follow the steps to find out the most repeated value:

  • Select the cell where you want the result by single clicking it.
  • Enter the formula as =MODE(COMPLETE RANGE)
  • For our example, the formula will be
  • =MODE(C3:I18)

The explanation follows the picture below. 

STEPS TO USE MODE FUNCTION

EXPLANATION: FINDING OUT THE MOST FREQUENT VALUE IN THE GIVEN DATA SET

The function used for the solution is =MODE(C3:I18)

Let us analyze the formula used.

The formula simply contains the complete range of the data i.e. THE FIRST CELL TO THE TOP-LEFT OF THE SELECTION TO THE LAST CELL WHICH IS THE BOTTOM-RIGHT AREA OF THE SELECTION.

After putting the formula, press Enter and the result will appear.

Our result came to be 18 which is the most repeated value in our data.