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Y.R. Sagaert, E-H. Aghezzaf, N. Kourentzes and B. Desmet, 2017, Interfaces.

Forecasting research

Y.R. Sagaert, E-H. Aghezzaf, N. Kourentzes and B. Desmet, 2017, Interfaces.

Yes and… no! First, I should say that I am thinking of the common types of neural networks that are comprised by neurons that use some type of sigmoid transfer function, although the arguments discussed here are applicable to other types of neural networks. Before answering the question, let us first quickly summarise how typical… Read More »

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 »

On 16/11/2016 I gave a talk at the Stockholm School of Economics on the topic of advances in modelling and demand forecasting. Given the diversity of the audience I avoided going into the details of the mathematical formulations, some of which can be found in the appendix of the presentation. The presentation summarises three different… Read More »

A couple of days ago my ex-student Ivan Svetunkov successfully defended his PhD. My thanks to both Siem Jan Koopman and Rebecca Killick who were his examiners and with their questions led to a very interesting discussion. Ivan’s PhD topic is a new model, the Complex Exponential Smoothing (CES). In this post I will very… Read More »

Issue 41 of Foresight featured a short commentary by Sujit Singh on the gaps between academia and business. Together with Fotios Petropoulos, motivated by our focus to produce and disseminate research that is directly applicable to practice, in this commentary we present our views on some of the very useful and interesting points raised by… Read More »

Choosing the most appropriate forecasting method for your time series is not a trivial task and even though there has been scientific forecasting for so many decades, how to best do it is still an open research question. Nonetheless, there are some reasonable ways to deal with the problem, which although they may not be… Read More »

I was looking for an intuitive way to demonstrate to my students the need for parsimony in model building, as well as the problem of overfitting and I remembered the humorous paper by James Wel: showing that elephants are obviously created by Fourier sine series! I went a step further and implemented some popular selection… Read More »

Seasonality is a common characteristic of time series. It can appear in two forms: additive and multiplicative. In the former case the amplitude of the seasonal variation is independent of the level, whereas in the latter it is connected. The following figure highlights this: Note that in the example of multiplicative seasonality the season is… Read More »

Although Croston’s method and its variants are popular for intermittent demand time series, there have been limited advances in identifying how to select appropriate smoothing parameters and initial values. From the one hand this complicates forecasting for organisations, and from the other hand it does not permit automation. Recent research investigated various cost functions for… Read More »

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