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My new forecasting textbook

May 23, 2012
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My new forecasting textbook

After years of saying that I was going to write a book to replace Makridakis, Wheelwright and Hyndman (1998), I’m finally ready to make an announcement! My new book is Forecasting: principles and practice, co-authored with George Athanasopoulos. It is available online and free-of-charge. We have written about 2/3 of the book so far (all of which is already available online), and we plan to finish it by the end…

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Blog aggregators

May 15, 2012
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Blog aggregators

A very useful way of keeping up with blogs in a particular area is to subscribe to a blog aggregator. These will syndicate posts from a large number of blogs and provide links back to the original sources. So you only need to subscribe once to get all the good stuff in that area. There are now several blog aggregators available that might be of interest to readers here. And…

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Global Energy Forecasting Competition

May 14, 2012
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Global Energy Forecasting Competition

Forecasting competitions are a great way to test new methods and obtain a realistic evaluation of how good they are. So I’m delighted that the IEEE is organizing an energy forecasting competition as outlined by Tao Hong below. Please upgrade your ...

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Seeking help

May 8, 2012
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Seeking help

Every day I receive emails, or comments on this blog, asking for help with R, forecasting, LaTeX, possible research topics, how to install software, or some other thing I’m supposed to know something about. Unfortunately, I cannot provide a one-man h...

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Measuring time series characteristics

May 2, 2012
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Measuring time series characteristics

A few years ago, I was working on a project where we measured various characteristics of a time series and used the information to determine what forecasting method to apply or how to cluster the time series into meaningful groups. The two main papers to come out of that project were: Wang, Smith and Hyndman (2006) Characteristic-​​based clustering for time series data. Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, 13(3), 335–364. Wang,…

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LaTeX templates

April 9, 2012
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LaTeX templates

Some of the most popular pages on this site are my LaTeX templates: for a curriculum vitae, a beamer poster, a beamer talk, a Monash University working paper and a Monash University thesis. Almost all new LaTeX users begin with templates, so it is s...

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Google scholar metrics

April 2, 2012
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Google scholar metrics

Google has produced another great tool for researchers, this time providing some metrics on journal citations. Google Scholar Metrics allows you to search on journals rather than articles, and to see the average or median h-index for each journal. For example, a search on “forecasting” yields the following results: The h-index is the largest number such that at least articles in that publication were cited at least times each. The…

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Forecasts and ggplot

March 22, 2012
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Forecasts and ggplot

The forecast package uses the base R graphics for all plots, but some people may prefer to use the nice graphics available using the ggplot2 package. In the following two posts, Frank Davenport shows how it can be done: Plotting forecast() objects in ...

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XeLaTeX with TeXstudio

March 5, 2012
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XeLaTeX with TeXstudio

XeLaTeX is a replacement for pdfLaTeX that allows you to use the fonts on your computer (rather than only those fonts that come with your tex system). However, TeXstudio is not set up to use XeLaTeX yet. Fortunately, it is not difficult. Go to Options/...

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Data visualization

March 4, 2012
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Data visualization

For those who have not read the seminal works of Tufte and Cleveland, please hang your heads in shame. To salvage some sense of self-worth, you can then head over to Solomon Messing’s blog where he is starting a series on data visualization based on ...

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