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Towards the “one-number forecast”

1. Introductory remarks One of the recurrent topics in online discussions on sales forecasting and demand planning is the idea of the “one-number forecast”, that is a common view of the future on which multiple plans and decisions can be made, from different functions of an organisation. In principle, this is yet another idea around… Read More »

Tutorial for the nnfor R package

The nnfor (development version here) package for R facilitates time series forecasting with Multilayer Perceptrons (MLP) and Extreme Learning Machines (ELM). Currently (version 0.9.6) it does not support deep learning, though the plan is to extend this to this direction in the near future. Currently, it relies on the neuralnet package for R, which provides… Read More »

R package: tsutils

The tsutils package for R includes functions that help with time series exploration and forecasting, that were previously included in the TStools package that is only available on github. The name change was necessary as there is another package on CRAN with the same name. The objective of TStools is to provide a development and… Read More »

Incorporating Leading Indicators into your Sales Forecasts

Nikolaos Kourentzes and Yves Sagaert, Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting, 2018, Issue 48. This is a modified version of the paper that appears in Foresight issue 48. This provides a simplified version of the modelling methodology described in this paper and applied here and here. Introduction Using leading indicators for business forecasting has… Read More »

Can you predict the closing price of Bitcoin?

Lately, there has been a lot of talks whether Bitcoin is a bubble (about to burst) or not. The discussion is quite interesting, not only because there is potentially a lot of money involved, but also because it shows how our economic theories are primarily unclear and secondarily incomplete on concepts such as bubbles and… Read More »

nnfor on github

I have put up a github repository for the nnfor package for R: I will be putting updates and fixes there, before they are pushed on CRAN. You can also report there bugs. You can install the current github version with: Related PostsMAPAx available for R & new MAPA package on CRAN MAPA package… Read More »

Congratulations Dr. Sagaert!

Yesterday, Yves Sagaert successfully defended his PhD in a public presentation at Ghent University! Yves’ PhD research has been on: tactical sales forecasting with external leading indicators. It has been a pleasure to work with Yves over the past years! During his PhD he published two papers, with more currently under review: Sagaert, Y.R., Aghezzaf,… Read More »