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This is to inform that Graded Discussion Board (GDB) No. 1 would be opened on 16th of November, 2016; and last date for posting your discussion comments/ solution will be 22nd of November, 2016.

 

Topic/Area 

 “Forecasting”

PROBLEM:

Mr. Ahsan, the production manager of XYZ Company, wants to use a Moving-Average method to forecast the future demand; but not sure whether a 3-period moving-average would yield better forecasts or a 4-period moving-average!

The demand data of last 12 months have been given in following table:

Month

Demand (1000 SKUs)

1

20

2

18

3

21

4

25

5

24

6

27

7

22

8

30

9

23

10

20

11

29

12

22

 

 

You are required to suggest Mr. Ahsan more suitable forecasting method by calculating and analyzing:

  1. 3-period moving average forecasts for months 4 – 12 & Mean Absolute Deviation (MAD)
  2. 4-period moving average forecasts for months 5 – 12 & Mean Absolute Deviation (MAD)

NOTE:

  • Show the forecasts along with necessary calculations in tabular form.
  • Compare MAD for both methods and clearly mention your suggested method.
  • You may solve the problem in MS Excel and copy-paste the table in GDB comments.

 

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Discuss your ideas

share ideas and solution please

you dont have any idea about gdb

how to put this formula

see lecture no 9 & 10

Please Discuss here about this GDB.Thanks

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Student's Message:

 

Subject: MAD

Respected Sir

What is the procedure of MAD calculation? Give me an example for my understanding.

 

Regards

Muhammad Ahmed

Instructor's Reply:

We use following formula to calculate MAD:

            MAD = ∑|Error| / n

Where

     Error = Actual Demand – Forecast

Example: In following table, actual demand and forecasts are given for 4 periods. We’ll calculate Error, Absolute Error and then MAD.

Period

Actual Demand

Forecast

Error

|Error|

1

104

100

4

4

2

94

100

-6

6

3

99

100

-1

1

4

105

100

5

5

∑ (Total)

16

 

So,

            MAD = 16 / 4 = 4

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1000skus will be multiplied with all respective demands
Student's Message:  
Subject: ques

Respected teacher, 
Assalaam O Alaikum, 
     In gdb, we have to calculate simple moving average or weighted moving average?? Moreover, it is writen as "demand (1000 SKU)". Does it mean that the demand is in thousands?? 
Kindly clarify.
Looking forward to your cooperative reply.


Instructor's Reply:

If there were Weighted Average required, it would have been mentioned and/or weights would have been given and/or you would have been asked to assume suitable weights. Here, simple Moving Average has been asked.

Yes, 1000 SKUs means the numbers given in table show Thousand Stock Keeping Units; e.g., 20 means 20000 SKUs.

just change format 

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