Building a Large-Scale, Automated Forecasting System

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  • Specialization Overview (Review)
    • In this module you get an overview of the courses in this specialization and what you can expect. Note: This same module appears in each course in this specialization.
  • Course Overview
  • Introduction to Large-Scale Forecasting
    • In this modules you'll get an overview of the functionality used in the course. We'll describe how objects and methods in the Automatic Time Series Modeling, or ATSM, package in SAS Visual Forecasting can be combined to solve the large-scale forecasting problem. We'll also describe how the configuration of objects and information flows change depending on what stage of the automatic forecasting process you are in.
  • Exploring and Processing Timestamped Data
    • In this module we'll use the TSMODEL procedure to perform time series accumulation and missing value interpretation. We'll use packages for PROC TSMODEL, which are blocks of code that can be inserted within the flow of your PROC TSMODEL code to perform specialized tasks for both data preparation and analysis. Then, we'll discuss time series hierarchies and how to use a BY statement in PROC TSMODEL to create a hierarchy.
  • Automatic Forecasting: Model Specification and Selection
    • In this module, we'll use the ATSM package in PROC TSMODEL to perform automatic forecasting, model selection, and specification. We'll walk through the process for declaring and using the many different ATSM objects and discuss how and where each object fits within the automatic forecasting process.
  • Creating Custom Models and Managing Model Lists
    • This module describes and illustrates functionality for creating your own custom models in the forecasting system. We'll provide step-by-step instructions for building a custom specification and then modifying the automatic model selection process to include your model as a candidate for all series in a given level of the data hierarchy.
  • Event Variables in the Forecasting System
    • In this module, we'll generate event variables three different ways. First, we'll use the ATSM package to create and implement predefined event variables. Second, we'll create event variables using the HPFEVENTS procedure. Third, we'll perform conditional BY-group processing for event variable creation. Next, we'll use and identify ARIMAX and ESM models, produce model selection lists, and select a champion model. Using the selected champion model and passing the predefined event variables to the TSMODEL procedure, we'll generate automatic forecasts and output model estimates and fit statistics.
  • Reconciling Statistical Forecasts
    • Reconciling statistical forecasts occurs after the automatic model generation, selection, and forecasting processes are done. In this module, we describe the reconciliation process and illustrate system tools and options for reconciling statistical forecasts we generated earlier in the course.
  • Setting Up the Forecasting System and Generating Best Forecasts
    • This module covers a variety of topics. First, we'll discuss system tools and best practices that have the potential to improve the precision of your system forecasts. These include best practices like honest assessment for champion model selection and system tools like outlier detection and combined model forecasts. Next, we'll describe options and best practices associated with rolling the system forward in time.
  • Course Review
    • In this module you test your understanding of the course material.