# MEDIAN Function

Computes the median from all row values in a column or group. Input column can be of Integer or Decimal.
• If a row contains a missing or null value, it is not factored into the calculation. If the entire column contains no values, the function returns a null value.
• When used in a `pivot` transform, the function is computed for each instance of the value specified in the `group` parameter. See Pivot Transform.

Wrangle vs. SQL: This function is part of Wrangle, a proprietary data transformation language. Wrangle is not SQL. For more information, see Wrangle Language.

## Basic Usage

`median(myRating)`

Output: Returns the median of the values in the `myRating` column.

## Syntax and Arguments

`median(function_col_ref) [group:group_col_ref] [limit:limit_count]`

ArgumentRequired?Data TypeDescription
function_col_refYstringName of column to which to apply the function

For more information on the `group` and `limit` parameters, see Pivot Transform.

For more information on syntax standards, see Language Documentation Syntax Notes.

### function_col_ref

Name of the column the values of which you want to calculate the median. Column must contain Integer or Decimal values.

• Literal values are not supported as inputs.
• Multiple columns and wildcards are not supported.

Usage Notes:

Required?Data TypeExample Value
YesString (column reference)`myValues`

## Examples

Tip: For additional examples, see How-to Guides.

### Example - Percentile functions

This example illustrates how you can apply the following percentile-related functions to your transformations:

• `MEDIAN` - Calculate the median value from a column of values. See MEDIAN Function.
• `PERCENTILE` - Calculate a specified percentile for a column of values. See PERCENTILE Function.
• `QUARTILE` - Calculate a specified quartile for a column of values. See QUARTILE Function.

Source:

The following table lists each student's height in inches:

StudentHeight
164
265
363
464
562
666
766
865
969
1066
1173
1269
1369
1461
1564
1661
1771
1867
1973
2066

Transformation:

Use the following transformations to calculate the median height in inches, a specified percentile and the first quartile.

Median: This transformation calculates the median value, which corresponds to the 50th percentile.

Transformation Name `New formula` `Single row formula` `median(heightIn)` `'medianIn'`

Percentile: This transformation calculates the 68th percentile.

Transformation Name `New formula` `Single row formula` `percentile(heightIn, 68, linear)` `'percentile68In'`

Quartile:This transformation calculates the first quartile, which corresponds to the 25th percentile.

Transformation Name `New formula` `Single row formula` `quartile(heightIn, 1, linear)` `'percentile25In'`

Results:

StudentHeightpercentile25Inpercentile68InmedianIn
16465.7568.9267.5
26565.7568.9267.5
36365.7568.9267.5
46465.7568.9267.5
56265.7568.9267.5
66665.7568.9267.5
76665.7568.9267.5
86565.7568.9267.5
96965.7568.9267.5
106665.7568.9267.5
117365.7568.9267.5
126965.7568.9267.5
136965.7568.9267.5
146165.7568.9267.5
156465.7568.9267.5
166165.7568.9267.5
177165.7568.9267.5
186765.7568.9267.5
197365.7568.9267.5
206665.7568.9267.5