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Automatic time series analysis for electric load forecasting via support vector regression

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Article number105616
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/10/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>Applied Soft Computing Journal
Number of pages9
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date9/07/19
<mark>Original language</mark>English


In this work, a strategy for automatic lag selection in time series analysis is proposed. The method extends the ideas of feature selection with support vector regression, a powerful machine learning tool that can identify nonlinear patterns effectively thanks to the introduction of a kernel function. The proposed approach follows a backward variable elimination procedure based on gradient descent optimisation, iteratively adjusting the widths of an anisotropic Gaussian kernel. Experiments on four electricity demand forecasting datasets demonstrate the virtues of the proposed approach in terms of predictive performance and correct identification of relevant lags and seasonal patterns, compared to well-known strategies for time series analysis designed for energy load forecasting and state-of-the-art strategies for automatic model selection.