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Introduction to forecasting

Open to
All staff in the Government Statistical Service
Type of training
30 to 40 minutes
Learning Academy
Learning Academy


This online training module is the second of three bite-size online learning training modules that make up the Time series basics for official statistics’ course. The other two modules are:

It is recommended that the online module Introduction to time series is completed first.

This online training module aims to introduce the basic concept of forecasting. The module outlines forecasting methods, uses and issues. There is also a self-guided exercise with answers provided.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the module participants will gain a basic understanding of:

  • What a forecast is
  • Some common forecasting methods
  • Different uses of forecasting
  • Issues associated with forecasting data

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Pre-requisite modules:

Introduction to time series (online)

Related courses:

Introduction to seasonal adjustment (online)

Classroom introduction to seasonal adjustment (face to face)

Intermediate seasonal adjustment (face to face)

It is highly recommended that the online modules Introduction to time series, Introduction to seasonal adjustment and Introduction to forecasting are completed prior to the taking of the face to face courses.