Overview for Moving Average

Use Moving Average to smooth your data and to provide short-term forecasts when your data do not have a trend. You can use moving average when your data have a seasonal pattern if you set the length of the moving average to equal the length of the seasonal pattern.

For example, a human resources manager uses a moving average analysis to predict employment in the food industry for the next 6 months.

Where to find this analysis

  • Mac: Statistics > Time Series > Moving Average
  • PC: STATISTICS > Forecast > Moving Average

When to use an alternate analysis

If your data have a trend and do not have a seasonal component, use Trend Analysis or Double Exponential Smoothing.

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