Yesterday I gave a lecture to the master students of Higher School Economics, Saint Petersburg (“Marketing Analytics” programme). This was a very general lecture on “Modern Forecasting”, covering forecasting problems in practice, the solutions to these problems and modern scientific directions in the field. It seems that the lecture was well received and brought up […]

# Old dog, new tricks: a modelling view of simple moving averages

Fotios Petropoulos and I have recently written a paper about a statistical model, underlying Simple Moving Average. Although we are usually taught in Forecasting courses, that there is no such thing, we found one. We have submitted this paper to International Journal of Production Research, and it has been recently accepted (took us ~4 months). […]

# International Symposium on Forecasting 2017

In Cairns, Australia, I have presented the topic from Bath — One for all: forecasting intermittent and non-intermittent demand using one model. It was well received although one of the professors did not understand the main point of the presentation and I could not explain him, why this is important and why the proposed approach […]

# Naughty APEs and the quest for the holy grail

Today I want to tell you a story of naughty APEs and the quest for the holy grail in forecasting. The topic has already been known for a while in academia, but is widely ignored by practitioners. APE stands for Absolute Percentage Error and is one of the simplest error measures, which is supposed to […]

# smooth v2.0.0. What’s new

Good news, everyone! smooth package has recently received a major update. The version on CRAN is now v2.0.0. I thought that this is a big deal, so I decided to pause for a moment and explain what has happened, and why this new version is interesting. First of all, there is a new function, ves(), […]

# “smooth” package for R. Common ground. Part I. Prediction intervals

UPDATE: Starting from v2.5.1 the parameter intervals has been renamed into interval for the consistency purposes with the other R functions. We have spent previous six posts discussing basics of es() function (underlying models and their implementation). Now it is time to move forward. Starting from this post we will discuss common parameters, shared by […]

# “smooth” package for R. es() function. Part VI. Parameters optimisation

Now that we looked into the basics of es() function, we can discuss how the optimisation mechanism works, how the parameters are restricted and what are the initials values for the parameters in the optimisation of the function. This will be fairly technical post for the researchers who are interested in the inner (darker) parts […]

# Seminar and presentation at Bath University

Last week I have visited Bath University, where Dr. Fotios Petropoulos works. He organised a scientific seminar, where I could present my recent research on topic “One for all: forecasting intermittent and non-intermittent demand using one model“. The presentation was well received and rose several interesting questions from the participants of the seminar, which will […]

# “smooth” package for R. es() function. Part V. Essential parameters

While the previous posts on es() function contained two parts: theory of ETS and then the implementation – this post will cover only the latter. We won’t discuss anything new, we will mainly look into several parameters that the exponential smoothing function has and what they allow us to do. We start with initialisation of […]

# “smooth” package for R. es() function. Part IV. Model selection and combination of forecasts

Mixed models In the previous posts we have discussed pure additive and pure multiplicative exponential smoothing models. The next logical step would be to discuss mixed models, where some components have additive and the others have multiplicative nature. But we won’t spend much time on them because I personally think that they do not make […]