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Congratulations Dr. Svetunkov!

A couple of days ago it was the graduation ceremony for MSc and PhD students at Lancaster University. Ivan Svetunkov, one of my ex-PhD students officially graduated; well done Ivan! In a previous post I described briefly part of his research. He is also working on the excellent smooth package for R. You can find… Read More »

The difference between in-sample fit and forecast performance

One of the fundamental differences in conventional model building, for example they way textbooks introduce regression modelling, and forecasting is how the in-sample fit statistics are used. In forecasting our focus is not a good description of the past, but a (hopefully) good prediction of the yet unseen values. One does not necessarily imply the… Read More »

MAPAx available for R & new MAPA package on CRAN

The previous version of the MAPA package implemented only the univariate aspect of the algorithm. Version 2.0.1 implements MAPAx as well, which allows incorporating regressors in your forecasts. In this paper we demonstrated the usefulness of temporal aggregation in the case of forecasting demand in the presence of promotions. In particular, we showed that MAPAx… Read More »

MAPA package for R on GitHub

Here is the link: It has been a long time I wanted to rework the MAPA package for R, but I could not find the time. Finally I got around starting it. There are three objectives in this: Clean up code and introduce S3methods. MAPA was the first package that I wrote! Incorporate the… Read More »

TStools recent changes

We have been re-working the TStools package over the past couple of weeks. The major changes are: The es function that is an alternative to the ets function from the forecast package has been removed. Now it is published separately in the smooth package, which contains a collection of interesting implementations for exponential smoothing, ARIMA… Read More »

ABC-XYZ analysis for forecasting

The ABC-XYZ analysis is a very popular tool in supply chain management. It is based on the Pareto principle, i.e. the expectation that the minority of cases has a disproportional impact to the whole. This is often referred to as the 80/20 rule, with the classical example that the 80% of the wealth is owned… Read More »

ISIR 2016 research presentations

Last August I attended the International Symposium on Inventories, organised by the International Society for Inventory Research (ISIR 2016). This is the second time I had attended this conference and it has been again a very good experience. Interesting talks on a variety of relevant topics to forecasting research. I organised a special track on… Read More »

ISF 2016 research presentations

It has been a while since I got the time to post any updates, but finally got round to it. Last June I attended the International Symposium on Forecasting (ISF) at Santander, which had been very interesting and enjoyable. I had already posted about the presentations I gave. I was involved in a number of… Read More »