# Questions tagged [mae]

The Mean Absolute Error (MAE) is a point forecast accuracy measure. In the forecasting literature, Mean Absolute Deviation (MAD) is used interchangeably.

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### Why use a certain measure of forecast error (e.g. MAD) as opposed to another (e.g. MSE)?

MAD = Mean Absolute Deviation MSE = Mean Squared Error I've seen suggestions from various places that MSE is used despite some undesirable qualities (e.g. http://www.stat.nus.edu.sg/~staxyc/T12.pdf, ...
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### Mean absolute error OR root mean squared error?

Why use Root Mean Squared Error (RMSE) instead of Mean Absolute Error (MAE)?? Hi I've been investigating the error generated in a calculation - I initially calculated the error as a Root Mean ...
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### Why does minimizing the MAE lead to forecasting the median and not the mean?

From the Forecasting: Principles and Practice textbook by Rob J Hyndman and George Athanasopoulos, specifically the section on accuracy measurement: A forecast method that minimizes the MAE will ...
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### Why not using the R squared to measure forecast accuracy?

Why in literature usually the common accuracy measures like MAD, MSE, RMSE, MAPE ... are used. Why not using the $R^2$ (coefficient of determination)? I was thinking about the difference: By using ...
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### What is the best point forecast for gamma distributed data?

I believe that the values I am forecasting are gamma distributed with shape $k>0$ and scale $\theta>0$. I need a point forecast (i.e., a one-number summary) that minimizes the expected error. ...
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### What is the best point forecast for lognormally distributed data?

I believe that the values I am forecasting are lognormally distributed with log-mean $\mu$ and log-variance $\sigma^2$. I need a point forecast (i.e., a one-number summary) that minimizes the expected ...
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### Which is the best accuracy measuring criteria among rmse, mae & mape?

I have created training set and test set from my data. Then I performed auto.arima() and ets() in R on the training set to predict one-step ahead forecasts. These were then compared with the test set ...
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### Measuring forecast accuracy

We're forecasting sales data for one of our clients on a weekly basis. Sales is forecasted for each organizational unit. The sales data is forecasted via different algorithms and/or algorithm ...
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### Mean Absolute Error Cost Function in Logistic Regression

Is there any reasons not to use MAE as cost function in logistic regression? Yes, I know about problems with optimization, I know that this estimation won't be max-likelihood estimation. But is there ...
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### Relationship between $R^2$ and MAE in forecasting

I have the following linear model based on multivariate timeseries: ...