ARIMA models¶
Introduction¶
Autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) models were popularised by Box and Jenkins (1970). An ARIMA model describes a univariate time series as a combination of autoregressive (AR) and moving average (MA) lags which capture the autocorrelation within the time series. The order of integration denotes how many times the series has been differenced to obtain a stationary series.
We write an \(ARIMA(p,d,q)\) model for some time series data \(y_{t}\), where \(p\) is the number of autoregressive lags, \(d\) is the degree of differencing and \(q\) is the number of moving average lags as:
ARIMA models are associated with a BoxJenkins approach to time series. According to this approach, you should difference the series until it is stationary, and then use information criteria and autocorrelation plots to choose the appropriate lag order for an \(ARIMA\) process. You then apply inference to obtain latent variable estimates, and check the model to see whether the model has captured the autocorrelation in the time series. For example, you can plot the autocorrelation of the model residuals. Once you are happy, you can use the model for retrospection and forecasting.
Example¶
We’ll run an ARIMA Model for yearly sunspot data. First we load the data:
import numpy as np
import pandas as pd
import pyflux as pf
from datetime import datetime
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
%matplotlib inline
data = pd.read_csv('https://vincentarelbundock.github.io/Rdatasets/csv/datasets/sunspot.year.csv')
data.index = data['time'].values
plt.figure(figsize=(15,5))
plt.plot(data.index,data['sunspot.year'])
plt.ylabel('Sunspots')
plt.title('Yearly Sunspot Data');
We can build an ARIMA model as follows, specifying the order of model we want, as well as a pandas DataFrame or numpy array carrying the data. Here we specify an arbitrary \(ARIMA(4,0,4)\) model:
model = pf.ARIMA(data=data, ar=4, ma=4, target='sunspot.year', family=pf.Normal())
Next we estimate the latent variables. For this example we will use a maximum likelihood point mass estimate \(z^{MLE}\):
x = model.fit("MLE")
x.summary()
ARIMA(4,0,4)
======================================== ============================================
Dependent Variable: sunspot.year Method: MLE
Start Date: 1704 Log Likelihood: 1189.488
End Date: 1988 AIC: 2398.9759
Number of observations: 285 BIC: 2435.5008
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Latent Variable Estimate Std Error z P>z 95% C.I.
==================== ========== ========== ======== ======== ========================
Constant 8.0092 3.2275 2.4816 0.0131 (1.6834  14.3351)
AR(1) 1.6255 0.0367 44.2529 0.0 (1.5535  1.6975)
AR(2) 0.4345 0.2455 1.7701 0.0767 (0.9157  0.0466)
AR(3) 0.8819 0.2295 3.8432 0.0001 (1.3317  0.4322)
AR(4) 0.5261 0.0429 12.2515 0.0 (0.4419  0.6103)
MA(1) 0.5061 0.0383 13.2153 0.0 (0.5812  0.4311)
MA(2) 0.481 0.1361 3.533 0.0004 (0.7478  0.2142)
MA(3) 0.2511 0.1093 2.2979 0.0216 (0.0369  0.4653)
MA(4) 0.2846 0.0602 4.7242 0.0 (0.1665  0.4027)
Sigma 15.7944
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We can plot the latent variables \(z^{MLE}\): using the plot_z()
: method:
model.plot_z(figsize=(15,5))
We can plot the insample fit using plot_fit()
:
model.plot_fit(figsize=(15,10))
We can get an idea of the performance of our model by using rolling insample prediction through the plot_predict_is()
: method:
model.plot_predict_is(h=50, figsize=(15,5))
If we want to plot predictions, we can use the plot_predict()
: method:
model.plot_predict(h=20,past_values=20,figsize=(15,5))
If we want the predictions in a DataFrame form, then we can just use the predict()
: method.
Class Description¶

class
ARIMA
(data, ar, ma, integ, target, family)¶ Autoregressive Integrated Moving Average Models (ARIMA).
Parameter Type Description data pd.DataFrame or np.ndarray Contains the univariate time series ar int The number of autoregressive lags ma int The number of moving average lags integ int How many times to difference the data (default: 0) target string or int Which column of DataFrame/array to use. family pf.Family instance The distribution for the time series, e.g pf.Normal()
Attributes

latent_variables
¶ A pf.LatentVariables() object containing information on the model latent variables, prior settings. any fitted values, starting values, and other latent variable information. When a model is fitted, this is where the latent variables are updated/stored. Please see the documentation on Latent Variables for information on attributes within this object, as well as methods for accessing the latent variable information.
Methods

adjust_prior
(index, prior)¶ Adjusts the priors for the model latent variables. The latent variables and their indices can be viewed by printing the
latent_variables
attribute attached to the model instance.Parameter Type Description index int Index of the latent variable to change prior pf.Family instance Prior distribution, e.g. pf.Normal()
Returns: void  changes the model
latent_variables
attribute

fit
(method, **kwargs)¶ Estimates latent variables for the model. User chooses an inference option and the method returns a results object, as well as updating the model’s
latent_variables
attribute.Parameter Type Description method str Inference option: e.g. ‘MH’ or ‘MLE’ See Bayesian Inference and Classical Inference sections of the documentation for the full list of inference options. Optional parameters can be entered that are relevant to the particular mode of inference chosen.
Returns: pf.Results instance with information for the estimated latent variables

plot_fit
(**kwargs)¶ Plots the fit of the model against the data. Optional arguments include figsize, the dimensions of the figure to plot.
Returns : void  shows a matplotlib plot

plot_ppc
(T, nsims)¶ Plots a histogram for a posterior predictive check with a discrepancy measure of the user’s choosing. This method only works if you have fitted using Bayesian inference.
Parameter Type Description T function Discrepancy, e.g. np.mean
ornp.max
nsims int How many simulations for the PPC Returns: void  shows a matplotlib plot

plot_predict
(h, past_values, intervals, **kwargs)¶ Plots predictions of the model, along with intervals.
Parameter Type Description h int How many steps to forecast ahead past_values int How many past datapoints to plot intervals boolean Whether to plot intervals or not Optional arguments include figsize  the dimensions of the figure to plot. Please note that if you use Maximum Likelihood or Variational Inference, the intervals shown will not reflect latent variable uncertainty. Only MetropolisHastings will give you fully Bayesian prediction intervals. Bayesian intervals with variational inference are not shown because of the limitation of meanfield inference in not accounting for posterior correlations.
Returns : void  shows a matplotlib plot

plot_predict_is
(h, fit_once, fit_method, **kwargs)¶ Plots insample rolling predictions for the model. This means that the user pretends a last subsection of data is outofsample, and forecasts after each period and assesses how well they did. The user can choose whether to fit parameters once at the beginning or every time step.
Parameter Type Description h int How many previous timesteps to use fit_once boolean Whether to fit once, or every timestep fit_method str Which inference option, e.g. ‘MLE’ Optional arguments include figsize  the dimensions of the figure to plot. h is an int of how many previous steps to simulate performance on.
Returns : void  shows a matplotlib plot

plot_sample
(nsims, plot_data=True)¶ Plots samples from the posterior predictive density of the model. This method only works if you fitted the model using Bayesian inference.
Parameter Type Description nsims int How many samples to draw plot_data boolean Whether to plot the real data as well Returns : void  shows a matplotlib plot

plot_z
(indices, figsize)¶ Returns a plot of the latent variables and their associated uncertainty.
Parameter Type Description indices int or list Which latent variable indices to plot figsize tuple Size of the matplotlib figure Returns : void  shows a matplotlib plot

ppc
(T, nsims)¶ Returns a pvalue for a posterior predictive check. This method only works if you have fitted using Bayesian inference.
Parameter Type Description T function Discrepancy, e.g. np.mean
ornp.max
nsims int How many simulations for the PPC Returns: int  the pvalue for the discrepancy test

predict
(h, intervals=False)¶ Returns a DataFrame of model predictions.
Parameter Type Description h int How many steps to forecast ahead intervals boolean Whether to return prediction intervals Please note that if you use Maximum Likelihood or Variational Inference, the intervals shown will not reflect latent variable uncertainty. Only MetropolisHastings will give you fully Bayesian prediction intervals. Bayesian intervals with variational inference are not shown because of the limitation of meanfield inference in not accounting for posterior correlations.
Returns : pd.DataFrame  the model predictions

predict_is
(h, fit_once, fit_method)¶ Returns DataFrame of insample rolling predictions for the model.
Parameter Type Description h int How many previous timesteps to use fit_once boolean Whether to fit once, or every timestep fit_method str Which inference option, e.g. ‘MLE’ Returns : pd.DataFrame  the model predictions

sample
(nsims)¶ Returns np.ndarray of draws of the data from the posterior predictive density. This method only works if you have fitted the model using Bayesian inference.
Parameter Type Description nsims int How many posterior draws to take Returns : np.ndarray  samples from the posterior predictive density.

References¶
Box, G; Jenkins, G. (1970). Time Series Analysis: Forecasting and Control. San Francisco: HoldenDay.
Hamilton, J.D. (1994). Time Series Analysis. Taylor & Francis US.