Whether you work for a Fortune 500 corporation, a small company, a government agency, or a not-for-profit organization, if you’re reading this introduction, the chances are that you use Microsoft Excel in your daily work. Your job probably involves summarizing, reporting, and analyzing data, and it might also involve building analytical models to help your employer increase profits, reduce costs, or just manage operations more efficiently.

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