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Non-linear identification of judgmental forecasts effects at SKU-level

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2011
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Forecasting
Issue number5
Number of pages19
Pages (from-to)490–508
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Prediction of demand is a key component within supply chain management. Improved accuracy in forecasts directly affects all levels of the supply chain, reducing stock costs and increasing customer satisfaction. In many application areas, demand prediction relies on statistical software which provides an initial forecast subsequently modified by the expert's judgment. This paper outlines a new methodology based on state-dependent parameter (SDP) estimation techniques to identify the nonlinear behaviour of such managerial adjustments. This non-parametric SDP estimate is used as a guideline to propose a nonlinear model that corrects the bias introduced by the managerial adjustments. One-step-ahead forecasts of stock-keeping unit sales sampled monthly from a manufacturing company are utilized to test the proposed methodology. The results indicate that adjustments introduce a nonlinear pattern, undermining accuracy. This understanding can be used to enhance the design of the forecasting support system in order to help forecasters towards more efficient judgmental adjustments