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# Excel will not displaying the results of a trend array formula

I have column A showing months 1 to 12, and column B is 12 values. In column C I have the formula "{=TREND(C3:C14,A3:A14)}". I have use F2 and CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER to create the array but only get a result in one cell. I have even used the example in Excel "Help" but has not helped.

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• griffnz Sep 30, 2008

In the mentioned example the formula reads:

"{=TREND(B3:B14,A3:A14)}".

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• griffnz Oct 01, 2008

Excel shows that trend of current data is possible (see excel TREND example). However, this is not consistent. In D3 I typed "=TREND(C3:C6, B3:B6)" followed by F2, CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER and got:

ColB ColC ColD

1
\$133,890
133842

2
\$135,000
134944

3
\$135,790
136046

4
\$137,300
137148

When I typed the same thing again in the same cell I got

1
\$133,890
133842

2
\$135,000

3
\$135,790

4
\$137,300

Very strange. However, TRENDLINE solved the problem but it would be nice to know why the formula didn't.

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Let's say you have a criterion in column A that must be true; any true record should be included in the trend estimate for your unknown X value "5", with X's in column B and Y's in column A, as follows:

A B C
TRUE 1 2
TRUE 2 4
FALSE 3 0
TRUE 4 8

The formula is

=TREND(IF(A1:A4,C1:C4,AVERAGE(C1:C4)),IF(A1:A4,B1:B4,AVERAGE(B1:B4)),5)

This is the only way to do it, because TREND doesn't like falses in the array, and you can't use any other number except for the average, else it will mess with the trend results. Try it for yourself - it works!

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Hi Griffnz,

Your "known Y's" or 'values' are in Column B. This is the first array in the Trend formula.

Your "known X's" or 'months' are in Column A. This is the second array in the trend formula.

The trend formula is supposed to give you a projection of what the rest of the values in Column B will be over the next few months (usually continuing cells in Column A). The cells you want these values to show up in represent the third array in the formula.

Thus, your formula should look more like: '=trend(B3:B14,A3:A14,A15:A18)'

However, your formula is leaving out The values in B and adding values from C - -- but there ARE no values in C. Apparently, C is where you want the values to appear. In that case, the C array would be the third array in your formula. This would look more like '=trend(B3:B14,A3:A14,C3:C14)

If this doesn't make sense, let me know.

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