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Invited talk at Amazon Web Services

I was recently invited to give a talk at AWS in Berlin. I presented the current work on temporal and cross-temporal hierarchical forecasting. My view is that there is a lot of potential for these approaches to augment existing forecasting processes with relative ease. Considering the wider forecasting problem, we do not forecast for the… Read More »

Visit at Universitat Politècnica de València

I was recently invited to a workshop focused on forecasting and supply chain management at Valencia Polytechnic University. Many thanks to Ester Guijarro for organising the workshop and helping to bring together forecasters and supply chain experts! I presented on optimising forecasting model parameters for inventory management. You can find the presentation here, and a… Read More »

ISF2019 talk: Cross-temporal coherent forecasts for tourism forecasting

This year’s International Symposium on Forecasting has been a great success. Very exciting talks and large attendance from both academics and practitioners. I really enjoy conferences that the two groups interact organically: only this way research is both relevant and adopted fast, so that it makes a difference! This year I was invited by Haiyan… Read More »

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 »