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Use the natural logarithm (LN) to work out the length of time it takes to achieve a unit of growth.

LN returns the natural logarithm of a number, based on the constant e. This function is the inverse of the EXP function, which raises e to the nth power.

You can use the natural logarithm (LN) to work out the length of time it takes to achieve a unit of growth, such as with compound interest.

LN returns the natural logarithm of a number, based on the constant e. This function is the inverse of the EXP function, which raises e to the nth power.

In terms of measuring growth:

  • EXP allows you to enter time in order to work out growth
  • LN allows you to enter growth in order to work out the time it would take to achieve that growth

Syntax

LN(Number)

Arguments

ArgumentData typeDescription
NumberNumeric line item, property or expressionNumber you want to return the natural logarithm for

Syntax example

Here's an example of how to use LN to find out how long it will take to achieve a specific amount of growth based on compound interest. 

  • If an investment grows at a rate of 10% per annum how long will it take for the investment to reach a specific amount?

To calculate this, use this syntax: 

LN(total amount after growth/current amount )/LN(percentage growth rate represented as a multiplier e.g. 1.10 for 10% in this instance)= Time to hit the specific amount

Constraints

You can only use LN with positive numbers.

Excel equivalent

LN

Related Anaplan functions

Example

Using the example above, let's work out how long it will take for an initial investment of $25,000 to reach $65,000.

LN(total amount after growth/current amount )/LN(interest rate represented as a multiplier)= Time in years to hit the specific amount

LN($65,000/$25,000)/LN(1.10)=10.0252821576 (approximately 10 years).

Initial investment$25,000
Investment goal$65,000
Annual percentage rate (APR)10%

Time to hit goal (using LN) 

LN(Investment goal/Initial investment)/LN('Annual percentage rate(APR)')

10 years