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Time Series Forecasting

Free Course

Use models to forecast the future

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Introduction to Programming

About this course

The Time Series Forecasting course provides students with the foundational knowledge to build and apply time series forecasting models in a variety of business contexts. You will learn:

  • The key components of time series data and forecasting models
  • How to use ETS (Error, Trend, Seasonality) models to make forecasts
  • How to use ARIMA (Autoregressive, Integrated, Moving Average) models to make forecasts

Throughout this course you’ll also learn the techniques to apply your knowledge in a data analytics program called Alteryx.

This course is part of the Business Analyst Nanodegree Program.

What you will learn

  1. Time Series Fundamentals
    • Learn what attributes make data a time series.
    • Get introduced to a variety of simple forecasting methods.
    • Learn about seasonality, trends, and cyclical patterns.
  2. ETS Models
    • Learn how to build and use ETS models.
    • Use decomposition plots to visualize time series data.
    • Get practice building an ETS model in Alteryx.
  3. ARIMA Models
    • Learn how to build and use ARIMA models.
    • Learn the techniques used in seasonal and non-seasonal ARIMAs.
    • Get practice building an ARIMA model in Alteryx.
  4. Analyzing and Visualizing Results
    • Learn how to interpret time series model results.
    • Learn how to use holdout samples to compare forecasting models.
    • Visualize your forecasts through various plots.

Prerequisites and requirements

  • No programming experience required.
  • Interested in using data to make better business decisions.
  • Alteryx license (provided to Nanodegree students at no cost, compatible with Windows only)

See the Technology Requirements for using Udacity.

Why take this course?

Predictive analytics has proved to be a powerful tool to help businesses analyze data and predict future outcomes and trends. Making forecasts using advanced analytics is crucial in today’s data-driven economy.

In this course, you’ll learn how to use advanced forecasting models to predict the future. You'll learn this through improving your fluency in Alteryx, a data analytics tool that enables you prepare, blend, and analyze data quickly.

This course is ideal for anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in business analysis, but lacks programming experience.

Learn with the best.

  • Tony Moses
    Tony Moses