IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this article

Comparing for Different Time Series Methods the Value of Technical Expertise Individualized Analysis, and Judgmental Adjustment

Listed author(s):
  • Robert Carbone

    (Université Laval, Quebec, Canada)

  • Allan Andersen

    (University of Sydney, Australia)

  • Yvan Corriveau

    (Université Laval, Quebec, Canada)

  • Paul Piat Corson

    (Université Laval, Quebec, Canada)

Registered author(s):

    Technical expertise, human judgment, and the time spent by an analyst are often believed to be key factors in determining the accuracy of forecasts obtained with the use of a time series forecasting method. A control experiment was designed to empirically test these beliefs. It involved the participation of experts and persons with limited training. Forecasts were generated for 25 time series with the use of the Box-Jenkins, Holt-Winters and Carbone-Longini filtering methods. Results of the nonparametric tests used to compare the forecasts confirmed that technical expertise, judgmental adjustment, and individualized analyses were of little value in improving forecast accuracy as compared to black box approaches. In addition, simpler methods were found to provide significantly more accurate forecasts than the Box-Jenkins method when applied by persons with limited training.

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    Article provided by INFORMS in its journal Management Science.

    Volume (Year): 29 (1983)
    Issue (Month): 5 (May)
    Pages: 559-566

    in new window

    Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:29:y:1983:i:5:p:559-566
    Contact details of provider: Postal:
    7240 Parkway Drive, Suite 300, Hanover, MD 21076 USA

    Phone: +1-443-757-3500
    Fax: 443-757-3515
    Web page:

    More information through EDIRC

    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:29:y:1983:i:5:p:559-566. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Mirko Janc)

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.