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I am looking for software, reading material or tutorials to solve the following kind of problems:

I have a database with the following structure:

| DATE | PARKING-NAME | NCARS |

I need to predict the number of cars in a specific parking based on the historical data that I've collected. Is there a simple way of doing this using some kind of forecasting software? Or do I need to write an algorithm myself?

Thank you

  • I am surprized that you got no reply. You just need to extrapolate. IIRC, MS Excel can do this (so Libre Office probably can too). You just draw a chart and ask it to add a trend line. Would that help? – Mawg Oct 5 '17 at 9:46
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    @Mawg thanks for the answer! I guess it would help, but you are saying that extrapolating with excel is the same as applying a forecasting algorithm? – Perroloco Oct 6 '17 at 12:45
  • Well, I don't know the underlying algorithm, and I don't know enough mathematics to say whether there is a standard formula. Since Libre Office is open source, you could check the code for comments :-) or ask somewhere on S.E. WHen I have used Excelin the past, it certainly looked good. If you do't get a better answer, try Libre Office and check the predictions against real world results. – Mawg Oct 6 '17 at 12:51

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