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The impact of preprocessing on forecasting electrical load: an empirical evaluation of segmenting time series into subseries

Crone, Sven F. and Kourentzes, Nikolaos (2011) The impact of preprocessing on forecasting electrical load: an empirical evaluation of segmenting time series into subseries. In: The 2011 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN). IEEE, New York, pp. 3285-3292. ISBN 978-1-4244-9636-5

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Abstract

Forecasting future electricity load represents one of the most prominent areas of electrical engineering, in which artificial neural networks (NN) are routinely applied in practice. The common approach to overcome the complexity of building NNs for high-frequency load data is to segment the time series into simpler and more homogeneous subseries, e. g. seven subseries of hourly loads of only Mondays, Tuesdays etc. These are forecasted independently, using a separate NN model, and then recombined to provide a complete trace forecast for the next days ahead. Despite the empirical importance of load forecasting, and the high operational cost associated with forecast errors, the potential benefits of segmenting time series into subseries have not been evaluated in an empirical comparison. This paper assesses the accuracy of segmenting continuous time series into daily subseries, versus forecasting the original, continuous time series with NNs. Accuracy on hourly UK load data is provided in a valid experimental design, using multiple rolling time origins and robust error metrics in comparison to statistical benchmark algorithms. Results indicate the superior performance of NN on continuous, non-segmented time series, in contrast to best practices in research, practice and software implementations.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Management Science
ID Code: 56116
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 24 Jul 2012 14:55
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 01:15
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/56116

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