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SCRC Article Library: Exponential Smoothing: Approaches to Forecasting : A Tutorial

Exponential Smoothing: Approaches to Forecasting : A Tutorial

Published on: Jan, 25, 2011

by: Cecil Bozarth, PhD

Exponential Smoothing

What is Exponential Smoothing?
Exponential Smoothing Forecaset with a = .3

What is Exponential Smoothing?

  • A type of weighted moving averaging model
  • Part of many forecasting packages; ideal for developing forecasts of lots of smaller items
  • Needs only three numbers:

Ft-1 = Forecast for the period before

current time period t

At-1 = Actual demand for the period

before current time period t

a = Weight between 0 and 1

  • Formula

  • As a gets closer to 1, the more weight put on the most recent demand number

Exponential Smoothing Forecaset with a = .3

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