January 20th, 2017, 03:39 AM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Jan 2017 From: Italy Posts: 1 Thanks: 0  Skewed Deviation
Hi All, Hope you're all well. in excel, I am using 2 input parameters; average and standard deviation, and generating a set of 1000 lines using the random function. currently i have to avg set to 4.5 and stdev at 2. =NORM.INV(RAND(),4.5,2) i produce a graph and you can see a normal distribution curve. if i use the average function for the 1000 random numbers, it results around the 4.5 mark. if i lower the avg to 1.3 for example, and keep stdev at 2, the graph goes into negative as expected and avg is around 1.3, but if i calculate the average for anything greater than zero, its never at 1.3. I will never have a person buying less than zero items. therefore i require a skewed formula where the spread always starts from 1, where i input an average and stdev and create a sample of 1000 lines, and the average of the sample will always be around the input parameter set. I there such a formula? I've tried forcing the less than zero to have 1, but that gives incorrect results =MAX(1,NORM.INV(RAND(),1.3,2)) Many thanks in advanced. 

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