In this easy-to-follow video course, learn how to forecast trended time series accurately in Excel: the foundation for a wide range of powerful predictive analytics applications!
Companies of all sizes are turning to exponential smoothing to accurately forecast trended data such as sales, demand, and other key business indicators. In this video course, world-class analytics expert Conrad Carlberg shows you how to use smoothing to forecast trends with a tool you already know: Microsoft Excel. Carlberg illuminates each technique through easy-to-follow video, with crystal-clear explanations reflecting his decades of experience solving complex analytical problems with Excel. You’ll learn how smoothing works and how to prepare data; quantify a forecast’s accuracy; use Excel Solver to reduce forecast error; interpret smoothing analyses; work with baselines; support your forecasts with regression analyses; diagnose trends using autocorrelation; detrend and forecast from a trended baseline; initialize forecast values; and backcast beyond the start of your baseline. You’ll learn hands-on through practice workbooks provided for your own use and adaptation. By the time you’re done, you’ll have mastered one of today’s most valuable predictive analytics skillsetsone you can use in nearly any field of business.
About the Instructor
Conrad Carlberg is a multiple recipient of Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for Microsoft Excel. He has written 11 books about quantitative analysis with Excel, including Predictive Analysis: Microsoft Excel and Statistical Analysis: Microsoft Excel. His company (at conradcarlberg.com) specializes in custom statistical and analytical problems ranging from inventory control to real-estate market segmentation. Carlberg holds a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Colorado and has 25 years of experience in applying advanced analytic techniques.
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