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Invited sessions at the International Symposium on Forecasting

November 28, 2016
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Invited sessions at the International Symposium on Forecasting

We are currently calling for invited session proposals for the ISF to be held in Cairns, Australia, in June 2017. An invited session consists of 3 or 4 talks around a specific forecasting theme. You are allowed to be one of the speakers in a session you organize (although it is not necessary). So if […]

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We’re still hiring at Monash

November 6, 2016
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We’re still hiring at Monash

We have another position available, this time for a lecturer (equivalent to an assistant professor tenure track in the US). The department covers a wide range of areas in statistics and econometrics, but for this position we are looking for someone with expertise in at least one of business analytics, data science, actuarial science, computational […]

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Q&A: predictive analytics

October 24, 2016
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Q&A: predictive analytics

A major news outlet interviewed me on predictive analytics. Here were my responses. Data mining is not just for tech companies, in fact it can be especially useful for industries which are not typically thought of to be ‘innovative’ such as agriculture. What are some of the main industries that you think benefit from predictive […]

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Q&A time

October 23, 2016
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Q&A time

Someone sent me some questions by email, and I decided to answer some of them here. How important is it that I know and understand the underlying mathematical framework to forecasting methods? I understand conceptually how most of them work, but I feel as if I may benefit from truly understanding the math. The main benefit […]

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Tourism forecasting competition data as an R package

October 22, 2016
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Tourism forecasting competition data as an R package

The data used in the tourism forecasting competition, discussed in Athanasopoulos et al (2011), have been made available in the Tcomp package for R. The objects are of the same format as for Mcomp package containing data from the M1 and M3 competitions. Thanks to Peter Ellis for putting the package together. He has also […]

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GEFCom2017: Hierarchical Probabilistic Load Forecasting

October 14, 2016
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GEFCom2017: Hierarchical Probabilistic Load Forecasting

After the great success of the previous two energy forecasting competitions we have run (GEFCom2012 and GEFCom2014), we are holding another one, this time focused on hierarchical probabilistic load forecasting. Check out all the details over on Tao Hong’s blog. The previous GEFComs have led to some major advances in forecasting methodology, available via IJF papers by […]

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Come to Melbourne, even if not to Monash

October 12, 2016
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Come to Melbourne, even if not to Monash

The University of Melbourne is advertising for a “Professor in Statistics (Data Science)”. Melbourne (the city) is fast becoming a vibrant centre for data science and applied statistics, with more than 4700 people signed up for the Data Science Meetup Group, a thriving start-up scene, the group at Monash Business School (including Di Cook and […]

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Hadley Wickham Master R Developer course coming to Melbourne

October 5, 2016
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Hadley Wickham Master R Developer course coming to Melbourne

Hadley Wickham’s popular R developer course is coming to Melbourne on 12-13 December 2016. Bookings can be made via Eventbrite. Hadley, of course, is the developer of the wonderful tidyverse set of R packages including ggplot2, dplyr, tidyr, readr, purrr, tibble, and many more. He is the author of several books including the new “R for […]

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Call for forecasting workshops in Cairns, Australia

September 28, 2016
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Call for forecasting workshops in Cairns, Australia

The 37th annual International Symposium on Forecasting will be held in Cairns, Australia, from 25-28 June 2017. We plan to hold some workshops on Sunday 25 June, before the main conference. We are currently calling for workshop proposals. Proposals can be for a half-day or full-day workshop. As usual, there will be a Practitioner Track […]

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Eindhoven seminar on time series visualization

September 27, 2016
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Eindhoven seminar on time series visualization

I’m currently in the Netherlands for a few weeks, and I’ll be giving a seminar at the Data Science Centre in Eindhoven next Wednesday afternoon on “Visualization of big time series data”. Details follow. Date: 5 October 2016 Time: 12.30-13.30 Venue: Filmhuis, De Zwarte Doos, 2 Den Dolech, Eindhoven Registration is required but free. Please […]

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