# The following table contains the number of complaints

The following table contains the number of complaints received in a department store for the first 6 months of last year.

Month Complaints

January 36

February 45

March 81

April 90

May 108

June 144

Referring to the table above, if this series is smoothed using exponential smoothing with a smoothing constant of 1/3, what would be the first term?

A. 36

B. 39

C. 42

D. 45

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