A Novel Forecasting Model for the Baltic Dry Index Utilizing Optimal Squeezing

Makridakis, Spyros and Merikas, Andreas and Merika, Anna and Tsionas, Mike and Izzeldin, Marwan (2020) A Novel Forecasting Model for the Baltic Dry Index Utilizing Optimal Squeezing. Journal of Forecasting, 39 (1). pp. 56-68. ISSN 0277-6693

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Marine transport has grown rapidly as the result of globalization and sustainable world growth rates. Shipping market risks and uncertainty have also grown and need to be mitigated with the development of a more reliable procedure to predict changes in freight rates. In this paper, we propose a new forecasting model and apply it to the Baltic Dry Index (BDI). Such a model compresses, in an optimal way, information from the past in order to predict freight rates. To develop the forecasting model, we deploy a basic set of predictors, add lags of the BDI and introduce additional variables, in applying Bayesian compressed regression (BCR), with two important innovations. First, we include transition functions in the predictive set to capture both smooth and abrupt changes in the time path of BDI; second, we do not estimate the parameters of the transition functions, but rather embed them in the random search procedure inherent in BCR. This allows all coefficients to evolve in a time-varying manner, while searching for the best predictors within the historical set of data. The new procedures predict the BDI with considerable success.

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Journal of Forecasting
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Makridakis, S, Merikas, A, Merika, A, Tsionas, MG, Izzeldin, M. A novel forecasting model for the Baltic dry index utilizing optimal squeezing. Journal of Forecasting. 2019; 1– 13. 10.1002/for.2613 which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/for.2613 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
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?? forecastingbayesian methodscompressed regressionbaltic dry indexmaritime shippingmodelling and simulationstrategy and managementmanagement science and operations researchstatistics, probability and uncertaintycomputer science applications ??
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