Monthly Archives: August 2017

Pivot Tables and Weighted Averages

Pivot Tables are a very useful feature in Spreadsheets, they allow you to do things that might otherwise require code to iterate around on.  My mental model of them is not great though I find there is a great deal of trial and error to get them working for me.

Anyway I recently had to calculate a weighted average and found this web page:

https://excel.tips.net/T002900_Weighted_Averages_in_a_PivotTable.html

very useful.  Essentially you need to add an extra column in your data with an intermediate step of weight*value that you can then sum in the pivot table.

Although the tutorial example there is done in Excel I actual used Libreoffice as despite the fact I now mainly fill out electronic paperwork I have clung onto my Linux box 🙂

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