The effect of correlation between demands on hierarchical forecasting

Chen, H and Boylan, JE 2009, 'The effect of correlation between demands on hierarchical forecasting' , in: Advances in Business and Management Forecasting , Emerald, pp. 173-188.

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The forecasting needs for inventory control purposes are hierarchical. For SKUs in a product family or a SKU stored across different depot locations, forecasts can be made from the individual series’ history or derived top-down. Many discussions have been found in the literature, but it is not clear under what conditions one approach is better than the other. Correlation between demands has been identified as a very important factor to affect the performance of the two approaches, but there has been much confusion on whether positive or negative correlation. This paper summarises the conflicting discussions in the literature, argues that it is negative correlation that benefits the top-down or grouping approach, and quantifies the effect of correlation through simulation experiments.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Lawrence, KD and Klimberg, RK
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Schools: Schools > Salford Business School > Salford Business School Research Centre
Publisher: Emerald
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9781848555488
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Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2011 10:28
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