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Few question about SAP predictive analytics


I want to ask some question about SAP Predictive Analytics time series.

1.What is the difference between “Linear in Time” and “Autoregressive” ?

2.Autoregressive use previous target to predict future target, but I don’t know what is “Linear in Time” meaning?

3.What is the “Weight” meaning in Selecting Variables,is there any example can help me understand this function? and what “Weight Quantum” is in General model settings?

4.I try to change the value "Percentage of Variable Contributions to Keep", when I enter 100,it means that trends will keep all extra-predictable variable, is that correct? and I try to decrease the value as 30 or lower one, but it still keep all extra-predictable variable in the result, so I confused, I think it should keep fewer extra-predictable variable at trend model, do you know what happend?

if anyone knows, please don't hesitate to help me.

thanks a lot.

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    Jul 12, 2017 at 04:02 PM

    1. Linear in Time means it fits a regression line to the target data, using the Time variable as the X variable.
    2. Auto regressive means it performs a linear combination on the de-trended data, using past values of the target variable itself.
    3. There is no use case to my knowledge for a weight in time series
    4. With default value 95%, I get variables with a least 5% contribution ; 98%, with at least 2% contribution ; for some reason if I go below the default value (that is 95%) I get all the tiny contributions as if I entered 100%

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    • I see the same behavior on my data, and reported it to the development team. Entering a value below the default value does not seem to work, it is as if it takes 100% instead of the entered 60%.