Estimation of Smoothing Constant with Optimal Parameters of Weight in the Medical Case of Blood Extracorporeal Circulation Apparatus

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Author(s) Daisuke Takeyasu | Kazuhiro Takeyasu
Pages 949-958
Volume 3
Issue 10
Date October, 2013
Keywords minimum variance, exponential smoothing method, forecasting, trend, blood extracorporeal circulation apparatus


In industries, how to improve forecasting accuracy such as sales, shipping is an important issue. There are many researches made on this. In this paper, a hybrid method is introduced and plural methods are compared. Focusing that the equation of exponential smoothing method(ESM) is equivalent to (1,1) order ARMA model equation,a new method of estimation of smoothing constant in exponential smoothing method is proposed before by us which satisfies minimum variance of forecasting error. Generally, smoothing constant is selected arbitrarily. But in this paper, we utilize above stated theoretical solution. Firstly, we make estimation of ARMA model parameter and then estimate smoothing constants. Thus theoretical solution is derived in a simple way and it may be utilized in various fields. Furthermore, combining the trend removing method with this method, we aim to improve forecasting accuracy. An approach to this method is executed in the following method. Trend removing by the combination of linear and 2nd order non-linear function and 3rd order non-linear function is carried out to the sum total medical data of production and imports of Blood extracorporeal circulation apparatus for three cases (Hemodialysis apparatus, Dialyzer, and Blood circuit). The weights for these functions are set 0.5 for two patterns at first and then varied by 0.01 increment for three patterns and optimal weights are searched. For the comparison, monthly trend is removed after that. Theoretical solution of smoothing constant of ESM is calculated for both of the monthly trend removing data and the non monthly trend removing data. Then forecasting is executed on these data. The. new method shows that it is useful for the time series that has various trend characteristics and has rather strong seasonal trend. The effectiveness of this method should be examined in various cases.

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