# VARA

Estimates variance based on a sample. In addition to numbers, text and logical values such as TRUE and FALSE are included in the calculation.

**Syntax**

**VARA**(**value1**,value2, ...)

**Value1**,value2, ... are 1 to 30 value arguments corresponding to a sample of a population.

**Remarks**

- VARA assumes that its arguments are a sample of the population. If your data represents the entire population, you must compute the variance using VARPA.
- Arguments that contain TRUE evaluate as 1; arguments that contain text or FALSE evaluate as 0 (zero). If the calculation must not include text or logical values, use the VAR worksheet function instead.
- VARA uses the following formula:

**Example**

Suppose 10 tools stamped from the same machine during a production run are collected as a random sample and measured for breaking strength. The sample values (1345, 1301, 1368, 1322, 1310, 1370, 1318, 1350, 1303, 1299) are stored in A2:E3, respectively. VARA estimates the variance for the breaking strength of the tools.

`VARA(A2:E3)`

equals 754.3