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The definition of the TS prediction problem

Time series forecasting means the prediction of future values based upon a collection of present and past values. Accurate forecasting is of importance in many fields, as for instance for government activities, in the industry, which deal with predictions of future revenues, costs, demands, a.o. [123].

A time-series X(t) is defined as a series of values


where t is a discrete time variable.

Prediction for a time series can be defined as follows:

Given a time series X(t) and a moment in time t, there is to be determined the value of the series at the point t+1, as a function of some of the previous values:




Alexandra Cristea
Tue Feb 9 20:20:27 JST 1999