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Smoothing is basically and extended form of averaging, is it not?
Which makes me ask a different question.
With our ability to handle massive amounts of data, should we be spending more time averaging or less?
I wonder if we aren't too enamored with them. (which is why we have Epidemiology and global warming scares!)