Mathematical Functions

Mathematical Functions are used to modify data with the Data Tools | Data | Transform command in the worksheet or create function plots in the plot window.

 

Data Types

The expression evaluator supports 32-bit signed integer numbers, double-precision floating-point numbers, a Boolean value, a text string of 0 to 256 characters, and time stamp values.

 

Variable Names

Variable names must begin with a column letter (i.e. A), row number (i.e. _1), or cell location (i.e. A2), which may be followed by other letters, numbers, or underscores (_), up to a maximum of 256 characters per variable name.

 

The variable names are not case sensitive. For example, sum(a..z), sum(A..z), and sum(A..Z) all refer to the same variable.

 

Precedence

The mathematical expression can consist of constants, variables (such as column letters), or functions (outlined below). The formulas follow standard precedence rules. Spaces are used in the equation for clarity.

 

Operators of equal precedence are evaluated from left to right within the equation. Parentheses are used to override precedence, and expressions within parentheses are performed first.

 

Operators, in order of decreasing precedence are:

(  )

parentheses

-

minus (or negative sign)

^

exponentiation (raise-to-the-power-of)

* /

multiplication and division

+ -

addition and subtraction

 

The expression evaluator treats operators with the following precedence:

  1. !, NOT, ~

  2. ^, POW

  3. *, /, %

  4. +, -

  5. <<, >>

  6. <, >, <=, >=

  7. ==,!=,<>

  8. &

  9. XOR

  10. |

  11. &&, AND

  12. ||, OR

  13. ?:

  14. IF

 

Built-in Functions

The following built-in functions are supported:

 

Trigonometric Functions

All trigonometric functions are carried out in radians. If the data are in degrees, use the d2r(x) conversion function (in the Miscellaneous Functions section below) to convert degree data to radians and then use the trigonometric functions.

sin(x)

sine of angle x

cos(x)

cosine of angle x

tan(x)

tangent of angle x, the value of x must not be an odd multiple of P/2.

asin(x)

Arcsine in the range -P /2 to P/2, x must be between -1 and 1

acos(x)

Arccosine in the range 0 to P, x must be between -1 and 1

atan(x)

Arctangent in the range -P/2 to P/2

atan2(y,x)

Arctangent in the range -P to P

 

Bessel Functions

j0(x)

j1(x)

jn(n,x)

Bessel functions of the first kind at x of orders 0, 1, and n, respectively

y0(x)

y1(x)

yn(n,x)

Return the Bessel functions of the second kind at x, of orders 0, 1, and n, respectively. For y0, y1, and yn, the value of x must not be negative.

 

Exponential Functions

exp(x)

exponential function of x (e to the x)

sinh(x)

hyperbolic sine of angle x

cosh(x)

hyperbolic cosine of angle x

tanh(x)

hyperbolic tangent of angle x

ln(x)

natural logarithm of x, x must be positive

log10(x)

base 10 logarithm of x, x must be positive

pow(x,y)

x raised to the yth power

Alternatively use x^y

Error conditions result if

x is zero and y is negative or zero,

x is negative and y is not an integer,

an overflow results.

 

Miscellaneous Functions

min(x,y)

smaller of x and y

max(x,y)

larger of x and y

randn(x,y)

an approximately normally (Gaussian) distributed real random number with mean x and standard deviation y

randu(x)

a uniformly distributed real random number from the interval [0,x]

row()

row number

ceil(x)

smallest integer that is greater than or equal to x

floor(x)

largest integer less than or equal to x

pi()

returns the value of Pi. To limit to a specific number of digits, use Round(Pi(),y) where Y is the number of digits after the decimal point

round(x,y)

X rounded to the nearest number with Y digits after the decimal point

sign(x)

Evaluates the sign of x. Returns -1 when x < 0, returns 0 when x = 0, returns 1 when x > 0

sqrt(x)

square root of x, x must not be negative

fabs(x)

absolute value of x

fmod(x,y)

floating point remainder of x/y, if y is zero, fmod returns zero

d2r(x)

convert argument in degrees to radians, for example: sin(d2r(30)) computes the sine of 30 degrees, sin(30) computes the sine of 30 radians

r2d(x)

convert argument in radians to degrees

 

Statistical Functions of an Interval

sum(a..z)

calculates the sum of a range of columns in a row

sum(_1.._5)

calculates the sum of a range of rows in a column

avg(a..z)

calculates the average of a range of columns in a row

avg(_1.._5)

calculates the average of a range of rows in a column

std(a..z)

calculates the (population) standard deviation of a range of columns in a row

std(_1.._5)

calculates the (population) standard deviation of a range of rows in a column

rowmin(a..z)

finds the minimum value of a range of columns in a row

rowmin(_1.._5)

finds the minimum value of a range of rows in a column

rowmax(a..z)

finds the maximum value of a range of columns in a row

rowmax(_1.._5)

finds the maximum value of a range of rows in a column

 

The statistical functions of an interval of columns operate row-wise on an interval of columns. For example, SUM(A..Z) computes the sum of the twenty-six columns A, B, C, ..., Z separately for each row. You can replace A..Z with any valid interval of columns, e.g., C..H or W..AC. There must be exactly two periods between the column labels. Columns may be given in reverse order, i.e., SUM(Z..A).

 

The statistical functions of an interval of rows operate column-wise on an interval of rows. For example, SUM(_1.._5) computes the sum of the 5 rows 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 separately for each column. You can replace _1.._5 with any valid interval of rows, e.g., _3.._12 or _34.._413. There must be exactly two periods between the row labels. Rows may be given in reverse order, i.e., SUM(_5.._1).

 

String Comparison

atof(x)

converts string to floating-point number

atoi(x)

convert a string x to an integer value

ftoa(x,y)

convert a floating-point number x to a string with y digits after the decimal

strlen(x)

length of string x in characters

strcmp(x,y)

compare string x with y and return 1 if x>y, -1 if x<y, or 0 if x=y

stricmp(x,y)

compare string x with y without regard to the case of any letters in the strings

strncmp(x,y,z)

compare the first z character of string x with y

strnicmp(x,y,z)

compare the first z characters of string x with y without regard to the case of any letters in the strings

 

String comparison functions work with strings, not numbers. Any rows or columns containing numbers result in blanks. In each of the string comparison functions, 1 is returned if string x is greater than string y, -1 is returned if string x is less than string y, and 0 if string x = string y. In the three-parameter comparison functions, the third parameter, z, specifies the number of characters to compare. For example, a z value of 3 compares the x and y strings' first three characters and ignores any characters after the third.

 

The comparisons are based on the standard ASCII table:

1.   numeric values (disregarded in string comparisons as mentioned above)

2.   cells starting with a space character

3.   common punctuation

4.   numeric text (numbers entered as text)

5.   less common punctuation

6.   uppercase letters

7.   even less common punctuation

8.   lower case letters

9.   uncommon punctuation

10.   blank cells (disregarded in string comparisons)

 

ASCII Table
This is the ASCII table order. The table is read left to right, top to bottom.
Items appearing toward the upper left corner are less than the items
appearing toward the lower left corner.

 

Boolean Expressions

Boolean expressions, include:

·      logical operators (and, or, xor, not)

·      comparison operators (=, <>, <, >, <=, >=)

·      the IF function, i.e., IF(condition,true_value,false_value)

 

The words AND, OR, XOR, NOT, and IF are reserved keywords and may not be used as variable names.

 

Logical Operators (and, or, xor, not)

SYMBOL

NAME

DESCRIPTION

AND

AND

The result is true if both operands are true

&&

AND

The result is true if both operands are true

!

Logical NOT

Inverts the Boolean value. True becomes false, false becomes true

NOT

Logical NOT

Inverts the Boolean value. True becomes false, false becomes true

&

AND

The result is true if both operands are true

|

OR

The result is true if either of the two operands are true

XOR

Exclusive-OR (XOR)

The result is true only when the two operands are different

||

OR

The result is true if either of the two operands are true

OR

OR

The result is true if either of the two operands are true

 

Comparison Operators (=, <>, <, >, <=, >=)

SYMBOL

NAME

DESCRIPTION

~

Bitwise NOT

Inverts the bits in an integer

*

Multiple

Multiplies the two operands

/

Divide

Divides the first operand by the second

%

Remainder

Integer remainder of the first operand divided by the second

+

Add

Adds the two operands

-

Subtract

Subtracts the second operand from the first

<<

Shift Left

Shifts the operand to the left

>>

Shift Right

Shifts the operand to the right

<

Less Than

Result is true if the value of p1 is less than the value of p2

<=

Less Than or Equal To

Result is true if the ordinal value of p1 is less than or equal to p2

>

Greater Than

Result is true if the ordinal value of p1 is greater than p2

>=

Greater Than or Equal To

Result is true if the ordinal value of p1 is greater than or equal to p2

==

Equal To

Result is true if the operands have identical values

!=

Not Equal To

Result is true if the operands do not have identical values

<>

Not Equal To

Result is true if the operands do not have identical values

 

IF Function IF(condition, true_value, false_value)

SYMBOL

NAME

EXAMPLE

DESCRIPTION

IF

Conditional Evaluation

IF(p1,p2,p3)

IF(condition,true_value,false_value)

If p1 is true, the result will be p2. If p1 is false, the result will be p3

IF

Conditional Evaluation

p1?p2:p3

condition?true_value:false_value

If p1 is true, the result will be p2. If p1 is false, the result will be p3

 

Examples

The following are examples of mathematical function syntax. If you use Transform in the worksheet, replace X, Y, and Z with column letters (A is column A), row numbers (_1 is row 1), or cell locations (A1).

 

Equation

Mathematical Function Syntax

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x^2  OR pow(x,2)

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ln(x)

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log10(x)

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(1-exp(-X))

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1-exp(-x^2)

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1-(sin(x)/x)

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x^2/(1+x^2)

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(2 * X)-pow(x,2)

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(pow(x,2)+pow(y,2))*(sin(8*atan(x*y)))

 

 

See Also

Data Transform