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A method of trend analysis that relies upon the adjustment or manipulation of a data set to fit a curve. The rounding off of a curve to remove minor peaks and valleys.  

Smoothing has the following practical applications:

Smoothing is achieved through various techniques, including:
Smoothing is applied to the following types of data sets:
Smoothing results in the following types of curves:
  • Linear
  • Polynomial
  • Exponential

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