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A basic forecasting technique for time series data, optionally including trend and/or seasonality, but (usually) excluding causal influences.

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### ETS() function, how to avoid forecast not in line with historical data?

I am working on an alogorithm in R to automatize a monthly forecast calculation. I am using, among others, the ets() function from the forecast package to calculate forecast. It is working very well. ...
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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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### Problem with proof - why exponentially smoothed time series is biased

I'm working through the proof why the exponential smoothing is a biased estimator of a linear trend. The book is trying to describe the expected value of an exponentially smoothed time series. It's ...
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### Forecasting beyond one season using Holt-Winters' exponential smoothing

I am using the Holt-Winters' exponential smoothing technique to forecast expenditure data 2 years into the furture. The monthly data has an increasing trend and annual seasonality. I'm using MS Excel ...
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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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### Standard Deviation of an Exponentially-weighted Mean

I wrote a simple function in Python to calculate the exponentially weighted mean: ...
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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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### 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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### Holt-Winters exponential smoothing formula

I am trying to implement Holt-Winters exponential smoothing in Java program (I understand that R and Python have implementations of these algorithms, but I can't use those due to other reasons, so ...
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### Is it always required to achieve stationarity before performing any time-series analysis?

For example, I know that for ARIMA models stationarity needs to be achieved. What about Exponential Smoothing? Is it also required?
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### Confusing Holt-Winters parameters

I have got a model for forecasting using holt-winters. However the parameters confuse me... The parameters show that there is no trend or seasonality even though there is definite trend and ...
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### Confidence intervals for exponential smoothing

I'm using exponential smoothing (Brown's method) for forecasting. The forecast can be calculated for one or more steps (time intervals). Is there any way to calculate confidence intervals for such ...
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### Holt-Winters Forecasting - Why do we use most recent estimate for all projections going forward?

Ive been doing some research on using the Holt-Winters method for forecasting and understand all but one aspect. Why do we use the most recent estimate for the base and trend components for all ...
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### In triple exponential smoothing, what is the proper formula for recalculating gamma (seasonality)?

A pretty targeted but precise question -- In triple exponential smoothing (which there are many combinations of additive, multiplicative). What is the proper formula for calculating the new ...
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### Best way to deal with forecasting with noisy data?

I have a bunch of sales data. It is from distributors of 2000 different items, who service big companies and large distributors to a number of small independent stores. They sell some items which do ...
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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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### Residuals in double seasonal exponential smoothing

I have a time series with muliple seasonal cycles, which are 24 and 168 hours for my case. I would like to use Double Seasonal Exponential Smoothing method to forecast, which was published by James W. ...
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### When to use Exponential Smoothing vs ARIMA?

I have recently been refreshing my forecasting knowledge while working on some monthly forecasts at work and reading Rob Hyndman's book but the one place I am struggling is when to use an exponential ...
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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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### 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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### Exponential moving average with sub-interval relevance / varying timeframe

I need to calculate an exponential moving average for a series of data. The intended sampling interval is fixed (say 1s) but the data stream has varying intervals (data intervals vary from 0.01s to ...
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### Does the Holt-Winters algorithm for exponential smoothing in time series modelling require the normality assumption in residuals?

I'm working on a project to compare different approaches to time series modeling. In the model selection process, we perform residual analysis for the fitted models. For regression, we need to check ...
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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 values(.8,.9,...)?...
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### Why do I get linear model when I tried to fit exponential model?

I was wondering why do I get linear model when I'm using exponential model, y = a * exp(-b*-x), to fit my data. Here is my code: ...
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### Forecast daily data with weekly and monthly seasonality using exponential smoothing

I have to forecast data that exhibits dual seasonality. For example, the first day of the week can show seasonality and also the first week of the month can show seasonality. I am planning to use ...
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### Forecasting with two or more causal factors using the Holt-Winters method (in R)

Is there something similar to the Holt-Winters forecasting method in R, which can be used to model two or more explanatory factors?
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### Non-Stationary Time Series Forecasting

Suppose I have a non-stationary limited data. Do I have to make it stationary before making forecasts? Can I use exponential smoothing, moving averages or even Holt Winters methods without making my ...
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### Exponential smoothing method that can be used in seasonal forecasting without trend

I'm working on the task of forecasting. The data I have is seasonal. I use exponential smoothing methods, but my references (e.g. for the Holt-Winters method) are for using such methods for seasonal ...
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### Holt-Winters and Abnormal termination in LNSRCH

I try to fit data with Holt-Winters function in R. Nevertheless, i am getting the following message: ...
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### Exponential smoothing models backcasting and determining initial values python

I have made python code for exponential smoothing (ES) that takes in about 15 different cases including: Simple Exponential Smoothing (SES) Simple Seasonal models (both multiplicative and additive) ...
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### Regression with exponentially-smoothed errors

I'm just starting to look into exponential smoothing models. Is there a way to fit a linear regression with exponentially-smoothed errors, similar to the standard technique of fitting a regression ...
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### 'Level' still seems periodic after Season Decomposition

I've used tbats for this transformation: Exponential smoothing state space model with Box-Cox transformation, ARMA errors, Trend and Seasonal components My (...
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### R: Calculating prediction intervals (95%, seasonal naive and holt winters)

Could somebody explain to me the theory behind how R calculates the 95% prediction intervals for my 12 step ahead forecasts in (1) a seasonal naive model and (2) a Holt-Winters forecast. My code is ...
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### Constant in arima model whether to include or exclude?

I have a very basic question on including constant in Arima models. I'll illustrate this by an example. I have the following ACF and PACF of a weekly time series that is differenced at lag 1 (trend) ...
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### Exponentially Weighing Moving Average (EWMA) for weekly data

I'm aware that the typical EWMA approach is applied over larger time periods (say for Volatility, where lambda = 94% and all weights add up to 100% for stock returns data from last 5 years). ...
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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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### How to select the exponential decay constant for weighting in proc logistic?

I am trying to predict the sales conversion using proc logistics in SAS. Right now I have around 3 months of data, and it will gradually grow to more than an year over time. My intuition is that the ...
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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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### Using simpler models in place of more generalized and complex models

I was reading about BATS (Box-Cox transformation, ARMA errors, Trend and Seasonality) and TBATS (Trigonometric, Box-Cox transformation, ARMA errors, Trend and Seasonality) models. I was wondering ...
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### Seasonal exponential smoothing without trend

Why multiplicative property exists only for the exponential smoothing with seasonality and trend (Winter's additive and Winter's multiplicative models) and not for the exponential smoothing with only ...
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### Single exponential smoothing

I think my question is quite simple and stupid: What do we forecast using single exponential smoothing model: the next value of the observed time series or the next value of the level which lies in ...
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### Tuning an exponential moving average to a moving window mean?

The alpha parameter of an exponential moving average defines the smoothing that the average applies to a time series. In a similar way, the window size of a moving window mean also defines the ...
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### Smoothing intraday data when only looking at a certain time range

I have an intraday price series (5 minute) over several months. I want to smooth the data using an ema but also i am only interested in analysing the series between certain time periods eg between 8am ...
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### Exponential Regression vs Exponential smoothing

I am very new to statistics (I am programmer). Can you, please, explain is this the same or these are different methods: Exponential Regression (http://www.xuru.org/rt/ExpR.asp) vs Exponential ...
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### Fitting a nonlinear regression $Y=1 - a^{-bx}$

I have the following dataset: where X:Y 1:0.81 2:0.86 4:0.9 6:0.93 8:0.96 10:0.98 12:0.99 14:0.99 16:1 18:1 20:1 ..:1 Since the limit of the regression ...
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### how to compare ARIMA and exponential smooting model numerically

The exponential smoothing method gives us values like SSE and $R^2$ for the entire model. The ARIMA model, however, does not give us these values. So, given the same data, how do one decide which ...
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### Exponential smoothing state space model - stationary required?

I came across with the Exponential smoothing state space model for time series forecasting. My question is if it does require that the time series is stationary? Is there any paper that explicitly ...
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### Explain double and triple smoothing methods in plain english

As above, anyone willing to take out the mathematical jargon and notations - i can get that from any book on time series and explain what really is happening, why and how? Surely, there is someone who ...
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 ...