Last year I taught an online course on forecasting using R. The slides and exercise sheets are now available at www.otexts.org/fpp/resources/

Last year I taught an online course on forecasting using R. The slides and exercise sheets are now available at www.otexts.org/fpp/resources/

We are looking for a new post-doctoral research fellow to work on the project “Macroeconomic Forecasting in a Big Data World”. Details are given at the link below jobs.monash.edu.au/jobDetails.asp?sJobIDs=519824 This is a two year position, funded by the Australian Research Council, and working with me, George Athanasopoulos, Farshid Vahid and Anastasios Panagiotelis. We are looking for someone with a PhD...

There are quite a few R packages available for nonlinear time series analysis, but sometimes you need to code your own models. Here is a simple example to show how it can be done. The model is a first order threshold autoregression: where is a Gaussian white noise series with variance . The following function will generate...

The Centre for Forecasting at Lancaster University is conducting some research on judgmental forecasting and model selection. They hope to compare the performance of judgmental model selection with statistical model selection, in order to learn how to best design forecasting support systems. They would like forecasting students, practitioners and researchers to participate, and are offering £50 Amazon Gift Cards...

We are currently advertising for three academic positions, suitable for recent PhD graduates. Lecturer (Applied Statistics or Operations Research) Five-year position with MAXIMA and the School of Mathematical Sciences Two positions available. Applications close 31 October. More information. Lecturer (Econometrics/Business Statistics) Continuing position with the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics Applications close 31 January 2014. More information. Please...

I’ve been getting emails asking questions about my upcoming course on Forecasting using R. Here are some answers. Do I need to use the Revolution Enterprise version of R, or can I use open-source R? Open source R is fine. Revolution Analytics is organizing the course, but there is no requirement to use their software. I will be using...

The following video has been produced to advertise my upcoming course on Forecasting with R, run in partnership with Revolution Analytics. The course will run from 21 October to 4 December, for two hours each week. More details are available at http:/...

I’ve had several emails recently asking how to forecast daily data in R. Unless the time series is very long, the simplest approach is to simply set the frequency attribute to 7. y <- ts(x, frequency=7) Then any of the usual time series forecasting methods should produce reasonable forecasts. For example library(forecast) fit <- ets(y) fc <- forecast(fit) plot(fc)...

I am teaming up with Revolution Analytics to teach an online course on forecasting with R. Topics to be covered include seasonality and trends, exponential smoothing, ARIMA modelling, dynamic regression and state space models, as well as forecast accuracy methods and forecast evaluation techniques such as cross-validation. I will talk about some of my consulting experiences, and explain the...

This week I’ve been at the R Users conference in Albacete, Spain. These conferences are a little unusual in that they are not really about research, unlike most conferences I attend. They provide a place for people to discuss and exchange ideas on how R can be used. Here are some thoughts and highlights of the conference, in no...