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### Statistical demand forecasting

How is batch demand forecasting done in retail like in Walmart where number of products to forecast are very large in number and products are short lived i.e have less than 36 months of historical ...
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### How 'good' are Holt-Winters forecasts with unusual alpha, beta and gamma values?

I'm using this python script for Holt-Winters forecasting (https://gist.github.com/andrequeiroz/5888967) that I believe chooses values of alpha, gamma and beta via RMSE optimisation. Sometimes the ...
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### Avoid negative results in Holt Winters forecasting

I understood that Holt Winters forecasting may results in negative values due to trending. I did reduce trending component value, but still forecast values are negative territory. Our data set will ...
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### How to dampen forecast to improve accuracy?

According to Armstrong there is ample empirical evidence that dampening trends in uncertain and complex long term forecasting helps improve accuracy/reduce forecasting errors. What I'm not able to ...
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### Need clarity on alpha, beta, gamma optimization in Triple Exponential Smoothing Forecast

I asked a variation of this question, but I want to be more direct. Take the exact same Triple Exponential Smoothing Model (Holt-Winters with a moving level, trend, and seasonal component)--- Would ...
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### R-squared to compare forecasting techniques

Is it appropriate when forecasting to use $R^2$ as the measure of how well exponential smoothing fits a data set for the purpose of time-series forecasting? I understand that it is appropriate for ...
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### What is the minimum historical data/sample data required for a time series forecasting analysis?

Are there any statistical power analysis/sample size deteminations methods for time series data analysis/forecasting? For example if I have time series of 30 data points, how can I with confidence ...
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### Holt's Linear and Holt-Winters in R

With the below code, I have run Holt's linear and Holt-Winters forecasts using Excel / Solver. I wanted to replicate this using R (Excel can be a pain) but I am getting the below error with ...
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### Which is the better method to do forecast..1-step or h-step ahead?

I am using forecast() package in R to predict future values. I have a time series data for approx 6-7 years. First, I split the data into training set and test set. Test set contained values of the ...
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### Best practices for dealing with shifting, inconsistent seasonality

This question is related to a previous post I've looked at (Calculation of seasonality indexes for complex seasonality), but deals with more granular data (daily instead of weekly), and transforming ...
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### Using exponential smoothing to forecast irregularly spaced data in R

I'd like to use exponential smoothing to forecast the following data. The data is daily based. Because of some policy reasons, every $29^\text{th}$, $30^\text{th}$ and $31^\text{th}$ of each month, ...
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### Ensemble time series model

I need to automate time-series forecasting, and I don't know in advance the features of those series (seasonality, trend, noise, etc). My aim is not to get the best possible model for each series, ...
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### Do you think smoothing constant value, alpha, in SES method is a control parameter or process parameter?

There is a debate in selecting the smoothign constant in Single Exponentioan Smoothing method by practitioner or considering it as a process parameter? Could you please provide your opinion regarding ...
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### use Exponential smoothing to forecast lead-time demand

I'd like to use Simple Exponential smoothing to forecast the lead-time demand for inventory control, I have monthly data and LT+1 is equal to 5 months, can I do a forecast using SES which gives me a ...
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### Values of $\alpha$, $\beta$ and $\gamma$ in ets in forecast package

I am using the forecast package in R. I wanted to know how the ets() function finds the value of $\alpha$, $\beta$ and $\gamma$? ...
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### Value of alpha and beta in Holt's exponential smoothing method

How to choose the best values of alpha and beta in Holt's exponential smoothing? Leaving it upon R gives me $\alpha$ =1. Is this appropriate? Entering different values of alpha and then comparing ...
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### How to use triple exponential smoothing to forecast in Excel

I have been burdened with the task of coming up with a forecast plan for my company. I have no experience and am VERY new to the whole forecasting scene. As of right now, my company has no plans of ...
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### Smoothing constant in single exponential smoothing

I have some SKUs and I'd like to do a forecast using single exponential smoothing as a forecasting method, when should we go for small value of alpha (.05,.1,...) and when for bigger ...