Find Mode in Google Sheets: A Step-by-Step Guide

Published: February 19, 2024 - 3 min read

Julian Alvarado

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Understanding the Mode Function in Google Sheets

When working with datasets in Google Sheets, identifying the most frequent value is a common statistical task. The MODE function serves this purpose, providing insights into the measures of central tendency of a given set of data.

Exploring the Definition of Mode

In the context of Google Sheets, the mode refers to the value that appears most frequently within a dataset. The application of the MODE function can reveal the most often occurring data point, which is an essential piece of information for statistical analysis.

To invoke this function, one would use the following syntax: =MODE(value1, value2,…) where the values represent the dataset being analyzed.

Differences Between Mode.Mult and Mode.Sngl Functions

Google Sheets offers two variations of the MODE function: MODE.MULT and MODE.SNGL.

  • MODE.MULT: This function is designed to return all of the most frequently occurring values in a dataset. It should be used when multiple modes exist and one needs to list all modes present. For example, the syntax =MODE.MULT(range) would output an array of the mode values.
  • MODE.SNGL: In contrast, MODE.SNGL will identify a single most frequently occurring value. When multiple modes exist, MODE.SNGL will only return the first mode encountered. This function is used with the syntax =MODE.SNGL(range).

Understanding the appropriate application between MODE.MULT and MODE.SNGL is key to accurately capturing the frequently occurring value or values in the dataset and depends on whether one seeks a single answer or all possible modes.

Applying Mode Functions to Analyze Data

The MODE function in Google Sheets serves as a powerful tool to pinpoint the most frequently occurring number in a dataset, a capability essential for statistical analysis and insights.

To illustrate how the MODE function works, let’s consider a sample dataset that includes sales information: “Employee ID,” “Sales Count,” and “Sale Date.”

Overview of sample sales dataset in Google Sheets highlighting Employee ID, Sales Count, and Sale Date columns.

Step-by-Step Guide to Using Mode Functions

MODE for “Sales Count”: To find the most common sales count, we use =MODE(B2:B11). This formula sifts through the “Sales Count” column to identify the number that appears most frequently.

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Applying MODE function in Google Sheets to find the most common sales count in the dataset.

MODE.MULT for “Sales Count”: When multiple sales counts tie for the most common, =MODE.MULT(B2:B11) helps list all such values, providing a comprehensive view of common sales figures.

Demonstration of MODE.MULT function in Google Sheets to identify all frequent sales counts.

MODE.SNGL for “Sales Count”: If you prefer to identify just the first most common sales count encountered, =MODE.SNGL(B2:B11) is the function to use, simplifying the analysis when a single mode is sufficient.

Example of MODE.SNGL function in Google Sheets showing the first most common sales count.

Working with Numerical and Date Data Types

Google Sheets interprets dates as numbers, so you can use MODE functions with date values just as you would with numerical data. For instance, =MODE(C2:C11) identifies the most common sale date.


Mastering the MODE function in Google Sheets enhances your data analysis, allowing for efficient trend identification.

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