A Time Series is defined as a series of data points indexed in time order. The time order can be daily, monthly, or even yearly. Given below is an example of a Time Series that illustrates the number of passengers of an airline per month from the year 1949 to 1960.
Time Series Forecasting
Time Series forecasting is the process of using a statistical model to predict future values of a time series based on past results.
Some Use Cases
Components of a Time Series:
- Trend:The trend shows a general direction of the time series data over a long period of time. A trend can be increasing(upward), decreasing(downward), or horizontal(stationary).
- Seasonality:The seasonality component exhibits a trend that repeats with respect to timing, direction, and magnitude. Some examples include an increase in water consumption in summer due to hot weather conditions, or an increase in the number of airline passengers during holidays each year.
- Cyclical Component: These are the trends with no set repetition over a particular period of time. A cycle refers to the period of ups and downs, booms and slums of a time series, mostly observed in business cycles. These cycles do not exhibit a seasonal variation but generally occur over a time period of 3 to 12 years depending on the nature of the time series.
- Irregular Variation: These are the fluctuations in the time series data which become evident when trend and cyclical variations are removed. These variations are unpredictable, erratic, and may or may not be random.
ETS Decomposition is used to separate different components of a time series. The term ETS stands for Error, Trend, and Seasonality.
- AR(p) Autoregression – a regression model that utilizes the dependent relationship between a current observation and observations over a previous period.An auto regressive (AR(p)) component refers to the use of past values in the regression equation for the time series.
- I(d) Integration – uses differencing of observations (subtracting an observation from observation at the previous time step) in order to make the time series stationary. Differencing involves the subtraction of the current values of a series with its previous values d number of times.
- MA(q) Moving Average – a model that uses the dependency between an observation and a residual error from a moving average model applied to lagged observations. A moving average component depicts the error of the model as a combination of previous error terms. The order q represents the number of terms to be included in the model.
- ARIMA:Non-seasonal Autoregressive Integrated Moving Averages
- SARIMA:Seasonal ARIMA
- SARIMAX:Seasonal ARIMA with exogenous variables
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Code: ETS Decomposition of Airline Passengers Dataset:
ARIMA Model for Time Series Forecasting
ARIMA stands for autoregressive integrated moving average model and is specified by three order parameters: (p, d, q).
Types of ARIMA Model
The ‘auto_arima’ function from the ‘pmdarima’ library helps us to identify the most optimal parameters for an ARIMA model and returns a fitted ARIMA model.
Code : Parameter Analysis for the ARIMA model
Code : Fit ARIMA Model to AirPassengers dataset
Code : Predictions of ARIMA Model against the test set
Code : Evaluate the model using MSE and RMSE
Code : Forecast using ARIMA Model
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