The project’s aim is to develop effective means for forecast evaluation and visualization. Based on our experience of implementing data science solutions for forecasting, we outline a typical forecast evaluation setup. Especially, we focus on handling rolling-origin forecasts made across many series over multiple horizons when many alternative methods are used.

We developed a general framework containing of the following components:

  1. Forecast data formats - simple yet flexible enough data structures designed to store data needed for rolling-origin forecast evaluation.

  2. Exploratory analysis tools needed to make sure that data is of acceptable quality.

  3. Performance measurement tools - techniques and graphs for accuracy and comparison.

Generally, the workflow we propose involves the following steps: 1) data preparation, 2) exploratory analysis, 3) performance measurement using appropriate metrics. The workflow section describes this process in more detail.

Some components were implemented within the forvision R-package.

Preliminary results were published here:

Sai, C., Davydenko, A., & Shcherbakov, M. (November 23-24, 2018). Data schemas for forecasting (with examples in R). Seventh International Conference on System Modelling & Advancement on Research Trends (pp. 145-149). Moradabad, India.

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