Robust Exponential Smoothing of Multivariate Time Series
23 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2009
Date Written: 2009
Multivariate time series may contain outliers of different types. In presence of such outliers, applying standard multivariate time series techniques becomes unreliable. A robust version of multivariate exponential smoothing is proposed. The method is affine equivariant, and involves the selection of a smoothing parameter matrix by minimizing a robust loss function. It is shown that the robust method results in much better forecasts than the classic approach in presence of outliers, and performs similar when the data contain no outliers. Moreover, the robust procedure yields an estimator of the smoothing parameter less subject to downward bias. As a byproduct, a cleaned version of the time series is obtained, as is illustrated by means of a real data example.
Keywords: Data cleaning, Exponential smoothing, Forecasting, Multivariate time series, Robustness
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