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NeuralProphet

A Neural Network based Time-Series model, inspired by Facebook Prophet and AR-Net, built on PyTorch.

Documentation

We are currently working on an improved documentation page.

For a visual introduction to NeuralProphet, view the presentation given at the 40th International Symposium on Forecasting.

Discussion and Help

Discuss with our community here on Github

Tutorials

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There are several example notebooks to help you get started.

Please refer to our documentation page for more resources.

Minimal example

from neuralprophet import NeuralProphet

After importing the package, you can use NeuralProphet in your code:

m = NeuralProphet()
metrics = m.fit(df, freq="D")
future = m.make_future_dataframe(df, periods=30)
forecast = m.predict(future)

You can visualize your results with the inbuilt plotting functions:

fig_forecast = m.plot(forecast)
fig_components = m.plot_components(forecast)
fig_model = m.plot_parameters()

Install

You can now install neuralprophet directly with pip:

pip install neuralprophet

If you plan to use the package in a Jupyter notebook, we recommended to install the 'live' version:

pip install neuralprophet[live]

This will allow you to enable plot_live_loss in the fit function to get a live plot of train (and validation) loss.

If you would like the most up to date version, you can instead install direclty from github:

git clone <copied link from github>
cd neural_prophet
pip install .

Contribute

Dev Install

Before starting it's a good idea to first create and activate a new virtual environment:

python3 -m venv <path-to-new-env>
source <path-to-new-env>/bin/activate

Now you can install neuralprophet:

git clone <copied link from github>
cd neural_prophet
pip install -e ".[dev]"
neuralprophet_dev_setup
git config pull.ff only 

Notes:

  • Including the optional -e flag will install neuralprophet in "editable" mode, meaning that instead of copying the files into your virtual environment, a symlink will be created to the files where they are.
  • The neuralprophet_dev_setup command runs the dev-setup script which installs appropriate git hooks for Black (pre-commit) and Unittests (pre-push).
  • setting git to fast-forward only prevents accidental merges when using git pull.

Style

We deploy Black, the uncompromising code formatter, so there is no need to worry about style. Beyond that, where reasonable, for example for docstrings, we follow the Google Python Style Guide

As for Git practices, please follow the steps described at Swiss Cheese for how to git-rebase-squash when working on a forked repo.

Slack Community

We have an active Slack community. Come and join the discussion!

Changelogs

Current model features

  • Autocorrelation modelling through AR-Net
  • Piecewise linear trend with optional automatic changepoint detection
  • Fourier term Seasonality at different periods such as yearly, daily, weekly, hourly.
  • Lagged regressors (measured features, e.g temperature sensor)
  • Future regressors (in advance known features, e.g. temperature forecast)
  • Holidays & special events
  • Sparsity of coefficients through regularization
  • Plotting for forecast components, model coefficients as well as final forecasts
  • Automatic selection of training related hyperparameters

Coming up soon

For details, please view the Development Timeline.

The next versions of NeuralProphet are expected to cover a set of new exciting features:

  • Logistic growth for trend component.
  • Uncertainty estimation of individual forecast components as well as the final forecasts.
  • Support for panel data by building global forecasting models.
  • Incorporate time series featurization for improved forecast accuracy.
  • Model bias modelling
  • Unsupervised anomaly detection

0.2.9 (future)

  • confidence interval for forecast (as quantiles via pinball loss)
  • Logistic growth for trend component.
  • better documentation

0.2.8 (upcoming)

  • Robustify automatic batch_size and epochs selection
  • Robustify automatic learning_rate selection based on lr-range-test
  • Improve train optimizer and scheduler
  • soft-start regularization in last third of training
  • Improve reqularization function for all components
  • allow custom optimizer and loss_func
  • support python 3.6.9 for colab
  • Crossvalidation utility
  • Chinese documentation
  • bugfixes and UI improvements

0.2.7 (current)

  • example notebooks: Sub-daily data, Autoregresseion
  • bugfixes: lambda_delay, train_speed

0.2.6

  • Auto-set batch_size and epochs
  • add train_speed setting
  • add set_random_seed util
  • continued removal of AttrDict uses
  • bugfix to index issue in make_future_dataframe

0.2.5

  • documentation pages added
  • 1cycle policy
  • learning rate range test
  • tutorial notebooks: trend, events
  • fixes to plotting, changepoints

Authors

The project efford is led by Oskar Triebe (Stanford University), advised by Nikolay Laptev (Facebook, Inc) and Ram Rajagopal (Stanford University) and has been partially funded by Total S.A. The project has been developed in close collaboration with Hansika Hewamalage, who is advised by Christoph Bergmeir (Monash University).

Contributors

This is the list of NeuralProphet's significant contributors. This does not necessarily list everyone who has contributed code. To see the full list of contributors, see the revision history in source control.

  • Oskar Triebe
  • Hansika Hewamalage
  • Nikolay Laptev
  • Riley Dehaan
  • Gonzague Henri
  • Ram Rajagopal
  • Christoph Bergmeir
  • Italo Lima
  • Caner Komurlu
  • Rodrigo Rivera-Castro
  • Polina Pilyugina

If you are interested in joining the project, please feel free to reach out to me (Oskar) - you can find my email on the AR-Net Paper.


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