Facebook recently open-sourced a time-series forecasting library called Prophet. It is incredibly simple to use, and the outcomes are worth mentioning.

The data I’m using can be downloaded from https://maelfabien.github.io/assets/files/file.csv.

Start by importing the following packages :

import numpy as np
import pandas as pd
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from fbprophet import Prophet

Then, load the data :

df = pd.read_csv('file.csv', parse_dates=['date'], index_col='date')
value date
1991-07-01 3.526591
1991-08-01 3.180891
1991-09-01 3.252221
1991-10-01 3.611003
1991-11-01 3.565869

We first need to rename the columns to match Prophet’s needs :

df = pd.DataFrame(df['value'].dropna()).reset_index().rename(columns={'date': 'ds', 'value': 'y'})

Then, declare and fit the model :

model = Prophet(interval_width=0.95)

Finally, make the forecast over 3 years here (36 months).

forecast = model.make_future_dataframe(periods=36, freq='MS')
forecast = model.predict(forecast)

plt.figure(figsize=(18, 8))
model.plot(forecast, xlabel = 'Date', ylabel = 'Consumption')


The forecast data frame contains all the predictions.

Prophet even shows the decomposition of the series :



I don’t know if I would use such a tool in production, but it’s definitely something interesting that you should consider in your Time Series analysis!

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