The Excel COVARIANCE.S Function

Related Function:
COVARIANCE.P

Basic Description

The Excel COVARIANCE.S function calculates the sample covariance of two supplied sets of values.

The function is new in Excel 2010 and so is not available in earlier versions of Excel.

The format of the Covariance.S function is:

COVARIANCE.S( array1, array2 )

Where array1 and array2 are two arrays of numeric values, that are of equal length.

Note that the Covariance.S function ignores text values and logical values that are supplied to the function as part of an array.


Covariance.S Function Example

 AB
1array1array2
2222.90
3733.49
4834.50
5327.61
6419.5
7110.11
8637.90
9531.08

Columns A and B of the above spreadsheet on the right contain two sets of values.

The sample covariance of the values in columns A and B of the spreadsheet can be calculated using the Excel Covariance.S function, as follows:

=COVARIANCE.S( A2:A9, B2:B9 )

This gives the result 19.00928571, which indicates a positive correlation between the two sets of values.


Further examples of the Excel Covariance.S function are provided on the Microsoft Office website.


Covariance.S Function Errors

If you get an error from the Excel Covariance.S Function, this is likely to be one of the following:

Common Errors
#N/A-Occurs if the supplied array1 and array2 are of different lengths.
#VALUE!-Occurs if one or both of the supplied arrays are empty.