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5 Benefits of Modeltime for Time Series Forecasting

5 Benefits of Modeltime for Time Series Forecasting

I built modeltime to make time series forecasting more efficient and reproducible. Now you get the benefits. Here are 5 reasons why modeltime for time series forecasting!

Matt Dancho

July 09, 2020

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  1. Why I made modeltime I built modeltime for me to:

    • Increase my productivity • Decrease my code • Improve my ability to teach you how to forecast It’s really good. I want you to have it. Modeltime: https://github.com/business-science/modeltime
  2. First, my roadblocks. I’ve tried a lot of time series

    software... My forecasting adventures in R & Python Individual Modeling Approaches (Roadblocks 1 & 2): • Forecast (ARIMA, ETS, TBATS) • Prophet • BSTS • GARCH • Deep Learning (TensorFlow, PyTorch, mxnet/gluon) Fable/Tsibble Forecasting Ecosystem • Great, but see Roadbock 3 Tidymodels Machine Learning • Excellent, but see Roadblock 4 My roadblocks 1. Too many data structures (costs 2-lines of code for every conversion): ◦ Data frame ◦ Tsibble ◦ Xts ◦ Zoo ◦ Ts ◦ Matrix 2. Inconsistent approaches (leads to switching costs & productivity loss). 3. Focus is either on ARIMA or Machine Learning, not both (and why not Deep Learning?) 4. Tidymodels Machine Learning is on the right track, but didn’t have a forecasting toolchain or forecasting models
  3. Leverages Tidymodels Gives me access to: • Parsnip - Machine

    Learning Models • Recipes - Preprocessing • Workflows - Organizes models & recipes • Tune & Dials - Hyper parameter tuning • Yardstick - Accuracy measures Source: https://www.tidymodels.org/ 1 Benefit
  4. Integrates Forecast & Prophet Forecast Prophet Time series models I’ve

    currently included as of Modeltime 0.0.2: • ARIMA, Exponential Smoothing, & Seasonal Decomposition • Prophet More models coming soon 2 Benefit
  5. Simple Forecasting Workflow MODELTIMEWorkflow Create Modeltime Table modeltime_table() Calibrate modeltime_calibrate()

    Forecast Test Set modeltime_forecast() plot_modeltime_forecast() Test Accuracy modeltime_accuracy() table_modeltime_accuracy() Refit modeltime_refit() Forecast Future modeltime_forecast() plot_modeltime_forecast() 3 Benefit
  6. Fits nicely inside a Time Series DS workflow 4 Benefit

    Hadley & Garrett’s essential data science workflow from R for Data Science
  7. Modeltime Advancement Roadmap ✅ Phase 1 - Initial Release Phase

    2 - More models & ensembling • Fill time series model gaps • Tidymodels stacking framework • Deep Learning Comment here if you want a model / algorithm / package: https://github.com/business-science/modeltime/issues/5
  8. Advanced Time Series Course (Coming Soon) Prerequisite: R for Business

    Analysis (DS4B 101-R) 3 Part - Forecasting Training 1. Exploration & Feature Analysis ◦ Data Processing ◦ Visualization ◦ Feature Engineering 2. Time Series Modeling ◦ Automated Algorithms ◦ Boosting & Scaling ◦ Machine Learning Algorithms & Tuning ◦ Ensembling 3. Deep Learning ◦ GluonTS ◦ Python & Reticulate Learn Forecasting Most advanced technology to deliver high-performance forecasts Join the Course Waitlist