Steps required to predict a continuous variable



Hello Folks,

I have an interesting analytics application question.

Let’s say I want to predict a continuous variable called cycle time , but is measured in process steps from 1 to 5 with its own step cycle time, (the total being summation of all steps) , what would be the best way to characterize the target and predictors ?

I also would like to determine the likelihood of total cycle time increasing , given one of the step cycle time exceeds a given threshold.

Thanks !!