Time series. Model assessment. Tourist arrivals to NZ. Period is quarterly. Draw graph of raw data. Write down the components of the time series in context. Identify and discuss any trend(s) in your series. The number of tourists arriving in NZ increases with time.

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Identify and describe at least 2 further features of your series. When discussing features you need to give reasons that could account for them. • There is a strong seasonal pattern shown where the no. of tourist arrival is highest during the 1st quarter for each year and lowest in the 2nd quarter. • NOT there are seasonal effects Check out where the highs and lows are by going back to the original data set.

Identify and describe at least 2 further features of your series. When discussing features you need to give reasons that could account for them. • Amplitude of seasonal variation is changing.(not constant) i.e. There are random fluctuations. • NOT there are random effects

Identify and describe at least 2 further features of your series. When discussing features you need to give reasons that could account for them. • It seems that the data break into three sections follows: • 1980 – 1987 • 1987 – 1997 • 1997 - • NOT there are ramps or irregular components Find out where changes in the pattern are happening.

Polynomial model-6th power OK-may be rising too rapidly Not good here but that doesn’t matter too much as we want to use the model for forecasting and so we are more interested in how the model reflects the most recent data

Exponential Good overall but not a very good model at the end here.

Decide your model and state the trend in terms of the equation of the model Choosing on the basis of the R2 being higher is not recommended- all of these have high values and all are acceptable on this basis. R2 supports your choice. It is not about one being better than the other. It is about you explaining why you made the choice and then evaluating your choice once you have finished the analysis. All four of these could be used.

Two things to notice.. • How well does the forecast reflect the situation? How reliable will it be to use this model? • Identify SAV values that are higher or lower than the CMM.

Two things to notice.. • How well does the forecast reflect the situation? How reliable will it be to use this model? • Identify SAV values that are higher or lower than the CMM.

A linear model y = 4.1861x + 74.022 (y is the number of tourists and x represents the period)is used for making the prediction since the R2 value is 0.9787 which is quite close to 1 indicating the CMM are closely clustered around the trend line. Explain R2 in terms of the model (98% of the variability in the number of tourists is explained by the regression model y = 4.1861x + 74.022 )Also comment on the goodness of fit from your forecast data. This is judged visually. Conclusions Goodness of fit

You will write down your forecast predictions making sure you have taken notice if figures are in thousands. Interpret the gradient (4.1861) of the linear model as ‘in each quarter numbers of tourists are increasing by approximately 4200. Forecast(s)

If the seasonally adjusted value is lower than the CMM, then the no. of tourist arriving to NZ for that period is lower than expected.Give a specific example. On the other hand if the seasonally adjusted value is higher than the CMM, then the no. of tourist arriving to NZ during that period is more than expected.Give a specific example.

A discussion of the relevance and usefulness of the forecast - An indication that conditions need to remain substantially the same for the forecast to be valuable Talk about how well you think your model performs. Include a comment like - In order for the forecast to be accurate, we have to assume that the conditions for the tourist arrival to NZ need to remain substantially the same. That is no volcanic eruptions/ earthquakes occur in NZ that will decrease the number of tourist arriving.

A discussion of the relevance and usefulness of the forecast The forecast estimates may be reasonably reliable for short times into the future when predicting the ‘low’ quarters, but for longer times, the estimate is liable to become less accurate. Give a comment on how the model shows this referring to your graph. The forecasts are not reliable for the ‘high’ quarters as the model does not reflect the situation. This is evident in the over-plot of forecast values.

Potential sources of bias The data collected are the actual numbers entering the country as tourists and hence there is not likely to be any bias.

Possible improvements to your model - additive Obviously this model is not a good one for predictions as it does not reflect the most recent situation in the peak seasons. An improvement would be to analyse the data using a multiplicative model as the seasonal effects are increasing in amplitude. or An improvement would be to just model (using an additive model) the most recent data but mention should be made that there appears to be a shift every 10 years and hence this model should be used with limitations.

Possible improvements to your model - multiplicative By using a multiplicative model, you already have displayed an improvement but add. This model is a reasonably good one for predictions in the short term however there may be a change in trend as indicated by the last 3 quarters of data compared to those forecast. An improvement would be to just model (using an additive model) the most recent data but mention should be made that there appears to be a shift every 10 years and hence this model should be used with limitations.

Limitations of your analysis- linear additive The model was quite accurate for the period 1986 to 1994 but is not a good one for forecasting beyond this time. This is obvious when comparing the forecast plot to the original data. The seasonally adjusted data also suggest that the model is more likely to be multiplicative as every value above 1994 is either above or below the centered moving mean and hence would be deemed unusual. This is unlikely to be the case.

Read pages 21 to 27 in your booklet. ‘Revision Notes and Procedure’ It will help you to understand exactly what is required and also helps with how you should word your answers. If you read these pages, you may not make careless errors. Now compare all four models