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Microsoft Excel 2013 Inside Out by Mark Dodge and Craig Stinson

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Chapter 18. Performing a what-if analysis

ONE OF THE most important financial questions is “What if?”; spreadsheet software was literally created to answer that question, taking the tedium out of the complicated calculations necessary to do so. Instead of starting your calculations from the beginning every time your assumptions change, you can change just a few variables and instantly see the effect. Excel offers a number of advanced what-if features, which we discuss in this chapter.

Using data tables

A data table, or sensitivity table, summarizes the impact of one or two variables on formulas that use those variables. You can click the What-If Analysis button ...

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