Forecast algorithms

Updated 1 day ago by Leigh Hutchens

Automatic Forecast predictions

It's possible to have your Forecast predictions in the future to be done automatically based on your historical data.

The Forecast algorithms

There are currently three different methods you can use to generate Forecasts, two are performed by Quinyx, and the third is an option to connect a third party prediction service to Quinyx, allowing the forecast to be generated elsewhere then presented in Quinyx.

When adding a new Forecast algorithm (see How do I configure the algorithm below), you are presented with three choices:

Last Year Same Day

This algorithm automatically copies the actual data for your previous years forecast as a forecast for the current year-to-date ahead. You have an option to add a modifier as an increase or decrease in percentage on the previous years data.

Quinyx AI Demand Forecasting

More information will come soon.

External Prediction

This method allows a third party solution to push forecasted data into Quinyx through the API using POST /predicted-data:

POST /predicted-data

With this operation, you can upload predictions from external tools used for predicting sales, transactions, etc., that optimal staffing rules will use to define staffing needs:

  • ​externalForecastVariableId​ - ID for a variable as set up for units in Account settingsForecastVariablesExternal ID.
  • externalForecastConfigurationId -
  • ​externalUnitId​ - External ID for a unit as set up for units in Classic → Settings → Tables → integration keys
  • ​externalSectionId (optional) - External ID for a section as set up for units in Classic → Settings → Tables → integration keys.
  • runIdentifier - A value to be set if external system sends multiple predictions for the same date range.
  • runTimestamp - A value to be set to define when the predicted data was generated. In the future, Quinyx will use this value to compare different predictions if they exist.
  • forecastDataPayload
    • Data - the amount of the external prediction.
    • Timestamp - the time of where the amount should be placed in UTC format 2020-04-09T20:45:00+01:00.

Where will the prediction be made visible and how?

The outcome of the algorithms prediction will be used in statistics variable as the prediction for that specific variable. If you would have input data such as sales, when you have uploaded 24-36 months of historical data so that the algorithm has many seasonalities to work with it will produce this as a row in the table view in statistics or a line in the graph view.

Read more about forecast in statistics here.

The predictions will be created 90 days ahead with the current implementation.

How do I activate this?

If you already have Quinyx Forecast up and running today please contact support and they will help you with the behind-the-scenes activation of the algorithms. After that is done you will only have to follow the instructions that follow.

If you do not have Quinyx Forecast today but is eager to know how using automated predictions together with optimal staffing rules to help your managers make even better schedules for your employees, then contact sales@quinyx.com

How do I configure the algorithm?

The algorithm is configured by creating a new configuration. This is done from Account settings -> Forecast configuration -> Add new forecast configuration

Forecast formula now offers the choice "Quinyx forecasting algorithm", when selecting that formula you are presented with additional choices. This to be able to schedule when the algorithm runs

  • First date to run algorithm - Select from what date the algorithm should be scheduled on a interval
  • Select the day of the week - Select which day of the week the algorithm will be scheduled to run
  • Select time - Select what time during above day that the algorithm will be scheduled to run

Note : The time selected for the algorithm will be when the algorithm will be placed in a queue for it to be initialized as soon as there is available resources

What other configuration is needed?

In order for the algorithm to be able to take public and bank holidays into account the country needs to be correctly configured on the unit(s). Read more about how to configure this here

How do I initiate it manually?

In some cases you might not want to wait a full week before the algorithm to run. This could be because of testing during an implementation phase or that lots of new input data has been added historically that may affect the future predictions. This is available from Account settings -> Forecast configuration and by interacting with the more details icon.

In this detail panel you will be able to see the statuses of the previous runs and can initiate a new run

How do I follow up on the historical runs and logs?

You will be able to follow up the log from Account settings -> Forecast configuration and by interacting with the more details icon as described above.


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