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Nov 19, 2016 8:56 AM
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Nov 20, 2016 2:33 PM
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It appears that JMP requires a better "guess" than the Excel counterpart. It seems to work fine with a guess closer to the "true" IRR. For example, *5* instead of *0.1* works for most rows, but not all.

This formula seems to work for all rows in the sample table:

```
Internal Rate of Return(
(:real box office revenues + :real dvd earnings) / :real budget,
-:real budget,
:real box office revenues,
:real dvd earnings
);
```

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Nov 19, 2016 1:29 PM
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This is not an answer to your question but without the DVD in the formula the results look correct.

I thought it could be a formatting issue with the columns but changing them didn't solve the problem.

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Nov 19, 2016 2:17 PM
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Nov 19, 2016 2:54 PM
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I changed the second argument to a Sum Function, and it appeared to work.

Internal rate of return(.1,-:real budget,Sum(:real boxoffice revenues,::real dvd revenues))

Jim

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Nov 20, 2016 2:33 PM
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It appears that JMP requires a better "guess" than the Excel counterpart. It seems to work fine with a guess closer to the "true" IRR. For example, *5* instead of *0.1* works for most rows, but not all.

This formula seems to work for all rows in the sample table:

```
Internal Rate of Return(
(:real box office revenues + :real dvd earnings) / :real budget,
-:real budget,
:real box office revenues,
:real dvd earnings
);
```

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Nov 21, 2016 6:51 AM
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This works perfectly - so the formatting is not an issue, but only the initial guess. I would add that the guess is also an issue in Excel - the IRR calculation is wildly off if some estimated internal rates of return are negative and some are positive. To get around that in Excel, you need to make the initial guess either +0.1 or -0.1, depending on whether it will be a negative or positive (you can guess that by using the sum of the cash flows - whether these are positive or negative). It does appear that JMP is more finicky - the guess has to be closer to the right value, not just the right sign. Your use of the revenues/cost works quite well.

Thanks.