# VARIANCE function in Oracle

VARIANCE is one of the vital Analytic functions of Oracle. It is used to get the variance of a set of numbers. The VARIANCE function is supported in the various versions of the Oracle/PLSQL, including, Oracle 12c, Oracle 11g, Oracle 10g, Oracle 9i and Oracle 8i.

Syntax:

VARIANCE ( expression )


Parameters:
expression: It is used to specify the numerical expression to be used for calculation.

Example:

select VARIANCE (marks) from students;

Explanation:
Here, the variance will be returned for the field called ‘marks’ of the ‘students’ table.