# POISSON.DISTDAX Function (Statistical)

Returns the Poisson distribution. A common application of the Poisson distribution is predicting the number of events over a specific time, such as the number of cars arriving at a toll plaza in 1 minute.

## Syntax

POISSON.DIST ( <X>, <Mean>, <Cumulative> )
Parameter Attributes Description
X

The number of events.

Mean

The expected numeric value.

Cumulative

A logical value that determines the form of the probability distribution returned. If cumulative is TRUE, POISSON.DIST returns the cumulative Poisson probability that the number of random events occurring will be between zero and x inclusive; if FALSE, it returns the Poisson probability mass function that the number of events occurring will be exactly x.

## Return values

Scalar A single decimal value.

Returns the Poisson distribution.

## Remarks

If x is not an integer, it is rounded.

If x or mean is nonnumeric, POISSON.DIST returns the #VALUE! error value.

If x < 0, POISSON.DIST returns the #NUM! error value. If mean < 0, POISSON.DIST returns the #NUM! error value.

Last update: Jan 23, 2021     » Show contributors

Contributors: Alberto Ferrari, Marco Russo

MSDN documentation: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dax/poisson-dist-function-dax

# Context Transition

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# Row Context

This expression is executed in a Row Context. Click to read more.

# Not recommended

The use of this function is not recommended. See Remarks and Related functions for alternatives.

# Not recommended

The use of this parameter is not recommended.

# Deprecated

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# Deprecated

This parameter is deprecated and its use is not recommended.

# DirectQuery compatibility

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