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How to Use FREQUENCY in Google Sheets in 2020?

Frequencies tell us how often different values occur in a dataset, therefore we can easily calculate frequencies in Google Sheets by using the FREQUENCY() function.

FREQUENCY in Google sheets Calculates the frequency distribution of a one-column array into specified classes.

Sample Usage



FREQUENCY(data, classes)

data – The array or range containing the values to be counted.

classes – The array or range containing the set of classes.

classes should be sorted for clarity, but FREQUENCY will sort the values specified internally if they are not and return correct results.


The output of FREQUENCY will be a vertical range of size one greater than classes as the final value is the number of elements in data greater than any of the class boundaries.

Calculating Frequencies in Google Sheets

Suppose we have the following dataset with different values in Google Sheets:

To calculate the frequency of each individual value (e.g. count how many 12’s occur, how many 13’s occur, etc.) we need to first define the classes in column B. We can easily do this by typing the following formula in cell B2:


This produces the following results:

Next, we can type the following formula into cell C2:


This produces the following results:

The way to interpret this output is as follows:

Calculating Relative Frequencies in Google Sheets

Relative Frequency: How often something happens divided by all outcomes.

Example: Your team has won 9 games from a total of 12 games played:

Back to our dataset:

Once we have calculated the frequencies of each individual data value, we can then calculate the relative frequencies of each value by typing the following formula into cell D2:


This formula calculates the relative frequency of the value 30 in the original dataset:

Once we’ve calculated this relative frequency, we can hover the mouse over the bottom right corner of cell D2 until a small appears. Double click the to copy the formula down to the remaining cells:


We can convert the final numbers of relative frequencies to the percentage:

And here is what we get as a result:

The way to interpret this output is as follows:

In statistics, the frequency of an event is the number of times the observation occurred/recorded in an experiment or study. These frequencies are often graphically represented in histograms.

I hope with this function in Google Sheets, you will be able to calculate FREQUENCY in Google Sheets for your next projects.

For example, you can use this way to Frequency in marketing and reach.

Frequency is the average number of times the advertisement will be presented to the Reached Population. One way to calculate frequency is to divide the number of Impressions by Reach. Another way is to divide GRPs by Reach Percentage.

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