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Advanced Excel for Data Analysis

March 14, 2019: 8:00 am4:00 pm

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Course Goals:
This course focuses on how to effectively and efficiently utilize Microsoft Excel for data analysis. A financial analyst will not only use Excel to build financial models, but also to crunch a large data dump. Learn how to minimize as much manual labor as possible, thereby saving time and performing more detailed analysis quickly. Apply commonly-used formulas in new and different ways; uncover often over-looked Excel formulas; streamline number crunching and analysis via functions and tools including pivot tables, sumif, sum+if, transpose, working with arrays, vlook-up, subtotals, and regression analysis; enhance your spreadsheets with drop-down boxes, data validation techniques, automation of alternate row shading; take Excel to the next level with emphasis on automation.
Learning Objectives:
  • ​Learn how to minimize as much manual labor as possible in data analysis
  • Learn to use the most overlooked Excel formulas that will make your life easier
  • Learn powerful functions built in Excel that streamline your analysis
Course Overview:
  • ​Master Excel shortcuts via formatting & analytical exercises encompassing efficiencies, shortcuts & sensitivity analysis
  • Data integrity techniques: understand how Excel implodes when you don’t maintain integrity of your raw data
  • Learn different “switches alternatives” (if, choose, offset and toggles ) to build more robust analyses
  • Understand why IF statements are the second root of all evil in Excel and why they should be avoided at all costs
  • Learn data validation techniques to dummy proof your model and provide additional error checking in your analysis
  • Add some spice to your Excel analysis and models using dropdowns and how to automate options and scenarios
  • Automate alternate row shading in a table of data using complex conditional formatting
  • Fully automate vlookup to streamline tedious analysis while understanding the limitations of vlookup
  • Understand why OFFSET(MATCH) is vastly superior to vlookup and why we discourage use of INDEX function
  • Pivot Tables and Pivots on Steroids: summarize and dissect large amounts of data as well as calculated fields
  • Truly unlock the full power of Excel by utilizing ARRAYS simplify complex calculations
  • Learn how to use the transpose array function without static copy paste special transpose as values


March 14, 2019
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
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George Mason University – Arlington Campus
3351 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201 United States
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