trend line

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Straight or curved line in a trend chart that indicates the general pattern or direction of a time series data (information in sequence over time). It may be drawn visually by connecting the actual data points or (more frequently) by using statistical techniques such as 'exponential smoothing' or 'moving averages.'

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We had to take a look at the trend line in order to see how we were doing in the business and work towards changing.
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You should try to follow the trend line and figure out what made the line jump in the ways that it did.
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Profits in the third quarter were up sharply in the previous year, according to the trend line; this was a much better year than 2008, which showed little to no profit.
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