Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Working with Trendlines
The following formula, in cell G3, calculates the value for c:
=EXP(G2)
Column C shows the predicted y values for each value of using the calculated values for b and
For example, the formula in cell C2 is as follows: c.
=\$G\$3*EXP(\$F\$2*A2)
Column D uses the GROWTH function in an array formula to generate predicted y values. The
array formula, entered in D2:D11, appears like this:
{=GROWTH(B2:B11,A2:A11)}
Polynomial trendline
When you request a polynomial trendline, you also need to specify the order of the polynomial
(ranging from 2 through 6). The equation for a polynomial trendline depends on the order. The
following equation, for example, is for a third-order polynomial trendline:
y = (c3 * x^3) + (c2 * x^2) + (c1 * x^1) + b
Notice that there are three c coefficients (one for each order).
Figure 17-30 shows a chart with a third-order polynomial trendline added. A four-element array
formula entered in F2:I2 calculates the values for each of three c coefficients and the b
coefficient. The formula is
{=LINEST(B2:B11,A2:A11^{1,2,3})}

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