I have the following simple set of data:

xi  yi
1   2
2   1
3   4
4   6
5   6
6   10

When I draw it on a chart and then add the best exponential trendline, both in Google Sheets and Excel, I obtain two different equations and R2. Why?

Screenshot from Google Sheets: enter image description here

Screenshot from Excel: enter image description here

  • 2
    Well, obviously they use different algorithms to calculate the trendline. Maybe one uses the least squares method and the other one doesn't?
    – Glorfindel
    May 26, 2020 at 20:33
  • What do you mean by "add the best exponential trendline"? What steps do you followed on each app? May 28, 2020 at 21:20
  • The question will be, which is correct?
    – Diego
    Jun 14, 2020 at 17:10

1 Answer 1


From https://developers.google.com/chart/interactive/docs/gallery/trendlines#exponential-trendlines

Note: Unlike linear trendlines, there are several different ways to compute exponential trendlines. We provide only one method right now, but will support more in the future, and so it's possible that the name or behavior of the current exponential trendline will change.

The above is relevant to this questions because according to https://developers.google.com/chart/interactive/docs/spreadsheets

Google Charts and Google Spreadsheets are tightly integrated. You can place a Google Chart inside a Google Spreadsheet, and Google Charts can extract data out of Google Spreadsheets. This documentation shows you how to do both.

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