Forecasting news and blogs

Visiting Professor from Jiangsu University returns to China 07/01/15

Visiting Professor from Jiangsu University returns to China

Professor Shaohui Ma has just returned to his home university – Jiangsu University of Science and Technology in China – after a successful year-long visit to the Lancaster Centre for Forecasting where he worked with Professor Robert Fildes on modelling and forecasting promotions.

Professor’s lifetime achievement award 09/12/14

Professor’s lifetime achievement award

A Lancaster Forecasting expert has been honoured by the world’s leading operational research association.

John Boylan joins the Centre for Forecasting 27/11/14

John Boylan joins the Centre for Forecasting

Lancaster University Centre for Forecasting is proud to announce that Professor John Boylan is to join Lancaster University Management School and the Forecasting Centre from January 2015.

How forecasting undermines the need for zero hour contracts 21/11/14

How forecasting undermines the need for zero hour contracts

Robert Fildes, writing in The Conversation, asks whether employers really need to rely on using zero hour contracts to manage large numbers of staff.

The importance of being state-of-the-art in forecasting 02/10/14

The importance of being state-of-the-art in forecasting

Investing in your forecasting adds value to more ways than just more accurate forecasts. Being critical for decision making, forecasting can become a competitive strategic advantage.

Improving forecast quality in practice 19/09/14

Improving forecast quality in practice

By Robert Fildes Some academics in forecasting seem to think that all that is needed to improve forecasting is a better algorithm, or perhaps, more ambitiously, better data. Presenting on this topic at the recent Forecasting Centre workshop provoked me to examine what research was out there that got beyond the conventional wisdom as to how to improve accuracy.