Median absolute deviation

This macro calculates the median absolute deviation of a data set.

Download the Macro

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Required Inputs

  • A column of numeric data

Running the Macro

Suppose your data are in C1. To run the macro, choose Edit > Command Line Editor and type:


Click Submit Commands.

Additional Information


MEDABSDV = bn*1.4826*MEDIAN{abs[C - MEDIAN(C)]}

Where 1.4826 makes the expected value of MEDABSDV = STDEV(Normal population) and bn is a finite sample corrrection factor.


C. Croux and P. J. Rousseeuw, Time-efficient Algorithms for Two Highly Robust Estimators of Scale, Computational Statistics, v. 2, 411-428, (1992).

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