Error bar in Microsoft Excel 5.0?
danforth.2 at osu.edu
Wed Mar 12 10:42:10 EST 1997
"William A. Mitchell" <wamitche at facstaff.wisc.edu> wrote:
>danforth.2 at osu.edu (Douglas Danforth) wrote:
>>marder at agri.huji.ac.il (Jonathan B. Marder) wrote:
>>>In article <ghermans-1103971228470001 at pstn11.luc.ac.be>, ghermans at luc.ac.be (Guy Hermans) wrote:
>>>>In article <nc1-1003971835510001 at phanes94.mc.duke.edu>, nc1 at acpub.duke.edu
>>>>(Namjin Chung) wrote:
>>>>> in a single file of single software. However, I couldn't have figured out
>>>>> how I can add error bars of standard deviation to line chart or bar chart
>>>>> even after many, many trials.
>>>>You can go on and on... it's simply not there as far as I know. If
>>>>scanning the helpfile doesn't show up anything, it's not there. Microsoft
>>>>will surely let you know what they can do!
>With all due respect, this is (unfortunately) not true. Helpfiles
>often fail to provide information on everything that a program
>can do. See below....
>>>It definitely IS there in Excel 5.0. Once you select a data series, you can
>>>INSERT error bars and then give cutomized error values. The data boxes for
>>>this will accept a data range. For example, if you have your data in 3 columns
>>>- X values, Y values and Y errors - you can use the third column to define the
>>>error bar extent for the data series.
>>It apparently isn't in Excel 7.0a. Every time I try to put in the
>>data range in the custom box it gives me an error. For example
>>I have my x values in a1..a4
>>I have my y values in b1..b4
>>I have my SEM values in c1..c4
>>When I try to put c1..c4 in the custom box I get the error message
>>"Error in Formula".
>>danforth.2 at osu.edu
>It will work, but you must indicate the SHEET in which the values
>are located. For example, if your SEM values are in SHEET1, the
>enter in the custom box
>Or, what I usually do is, after clicking the data series, and then
>clicking on the Error Bars tab, I click in the custom box (leaving the
>cursor there). Then, using the mouse, I click in the worksheet
>containing the error bar values, and I drag the mouse over those values
>to highlight them. As I drag the mouse over the cells containing the
>error values, the range 'magically' appears in the custom box. When I
>have the range I want, I return the mouse to the custom box and click OK.
>This gives me the error bars on the graph.
>At least this is what works in Excel 5. Try it in Excel 7.
Works like a charm! I wondered if my problem might be related to not
naming the sheet but every combination of =sheet1$c1.c4 didn't work.
Apparently I was missing the ! Should have tried your method. This
will make my life easier since I've been copying and pasting my Excel
data into Origin just to get these silly error bars.
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