Category Archives: Maths

On the probability of frog croaks.

A recent logical puzzle from TED discussed the probability of one of two frogs being female, if we know that at least one of them is male: This puzzle is discussed (arriving at different conclusions) here: and puzzles of this … Continue reading

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Brent’s Method and a daft engineer’s blog

Browsing links on Brent’s Method I found: Daft Engineer – Numerical Methods and Excel* which is well worth a look (plenty of stuff on statistics and Python, with the odd dash of Excel).  The link has VBA code for a … Continue reading

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Nearest Lookup Function

The Excel Lookup functions (including VLookup, HLookup and Match) all allow for an “exact” or “closest” match on numerical data, but the closest option has a number of problems: The data must be sorted For VLookup and HLookup the data … Continue reading

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xlwSciPy 1.09 – update for xlwings 0.10 and Scipy 0.18.1

The xlwSciPy spreadsheet (last presented here) has been updated for the latest version of xlwings and Scipy. The new spreadsheet can be downloaded from: xlScipy-xlw.zip including full open source code. The spreadsheet requires Python, including xlwings, Numpy, Scipy and Pandas … Continue reading

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xlwSciPy 1.7

Following recent posts on xlwings 0.7.1, dictionaries, and optional arguments and xlwings – dataframes and statistics, I have added the associated functions and examples to the xlwSciPy spreadsheet, and also updated it to xlwings 0.71. The new spreadsheet can be … Continue reading

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xlwings – dataframes and statistics

Another data conversion option offered by the latest xlwings release is Pandas dataframes and dataseries.  This post will look at how to pass an Excel range as a dataframe or dataseries in a User Defined Function (UDF), and some simple … Continue reading

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xlwings 0.7.1, dictionaries, and optional arguments

xlwings 0.7.0 was published at the beginning of March, and introduced direct support for Python dictionaries, which I have used to demonstrate various options for dealing with optional arguments in Excel User Defined Functions (UDFs).  The latest version, 0.7.1, published … Continue reading

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